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What COVID-19 Means For Community Colleges

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From enrollment to instruction, no part of open-access postsecondary education has remained untouched by the coronavirus. Since the pandemic began, our researchers have written several blog posts and contributed to dozens of news stories related to the community college sector's response and its future, all of which you'll find below. We will continue to update this page, as well as our COVID-19 blog series, as this crisis continues. 

Jump to: Funding | Enrollment | The Student Experience | Instruction and Student Supports | Other Impacts


CCRC blog: How Will COVID-19 Affect Community College Funding?

Here, Davis Jenkins, John Fink, and Thomas Brock use Great Recession-era data as a potential blueprint for how community college funding may shift moving forward. (May 19, 2020)

CCRC blog: Letter From the Director: COVID Funding for Community Colleges

The next COVID-19 federal relief bill should more fairly distribute aid to community colleges, which educate a significant number of students belonging to communities disproportionately affected by the coronavirus pandemic. (August 10, 2020)

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CCRC blog: How Will COVID-19 Affect Community College Enrollment? Looking to the Great Recession for Clues

Based on observations following the last major disruption to community colleges, Davis Jenkins and John Fink explore how the COVID-19 pandemic could affect enrollment trends across three groups of students: students aged 25 and over, students aged 18–24, and dual enrollment students. (April 30, 2020)

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The Student Experience 

CCRC Blog: Does it Hurt or Help Four-Year College Students to Take Community College Courses?

A new CCRC study finds that students who are primarily enrolled in four-year colleges but take some courses at two-year institutions benefit from doing so. Here, Maggie Fay and Vivian Yuen Ting Liu explain and contextualize the results of the study. (July 14, 2020)

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Instruction and Student Supports

CCRC blog: How Colleges Adapted Advising and Other Supports During COVID-19 Shutdowns

Though remote experiences cannot replace the relationships students and advisors build when they're together on campus, colleges across the country adapted to provide support to their most vulnerable learners when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Here, researchers describe some of the strategies they implemented. (September 17, 2020)

CCRC blog: What Does it Mean to be a Caring Campus During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

It's important to connect with students and staff in ordinary times, but during the pandemic, fostering a sense of campus community is all the more crucial. In this blog post, experts offer solutions for keeping staff and students engaged and feeling supported while everyone is remote. (June 26, 2020)

CCRC blog: Resources for Advisors During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Student support professionals across the country have transitioned to remote advising in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Here, CCRC's Andrea Lopez compiles resources for making the change effectively. (April 2, 2020)

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Other Impacts

CCRC blog: Community Colleges and the Future of Work: Exploring Skill Demands Amid the Pandemic

Technology and the COVID-19 pandemic have disrupted employment and accelerated changes to the workplace. Here, CCRC's Sarah Griffin and Maria Scott-Cormier describe three skills employers expect community college graduates to possess amid the evolving economic environment. (August 20, 2020)

CCRC blog: Emerging Challenges the Coronavirus Poses for Community Colleges

Community colleges across the nation are adapting to teaching and learning amid the pandemic. This essay details some of the issues they're confronting during this transition, including maintaining equitable practice and financial stability. (April 7, 2020)

CCRC blog: Letter From the Director: Coronavirus Pandemic

CCRC is deeply concerned about how the coronavirus will affect community colleges and their students. Here, Director Thomas Brock reflects on responses to the pandemic thus far and describes the important role open-access institutions can play as the country rebuilds from this crisis. (March 25, 2020)

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