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Enrollment declines continue, but at a slower rate

The decline was less steep than it has been during the pandemic, but an eagerly anticipated recovery did not materialize.

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A student walks into a building labeled Campus Student Center on a sunny Los Angeles campus

Transfer enrollments fell 14 percent during pandemic

Transfer enrollment from two- to four-year institutions, already down in 2021, continued to fall through the second year of the pandemic, the National Student Clearinghouse finds.

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Students in front of a Spanish-style building, with white walls and a red-tiled roof.

Two-year colleges strain to hire instructors in technical fields

Coconino Community College freezes its automotive technology program after only a year because of an unsuccessful search for an instructor, an increasingly common plight for career and technical education fields.

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A masked automotive technology instructor shows Coconino Community College students the inside of a car.

Study links completion gains to taking (some) online courses

Black, Hispanic and low-income community college students who take up to half their courses online increase their odds of completing degrees, a working paper finds. Fully online learners are less likely to earn a credential.

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Four students sit on the steps of an academic building; one is holding a laptop.

Company steps in to ease transfer credit friction

Outlier creates a network of institutions to try to fix a broken system of transfer credit. Experts applaud the company's efforts, but its for-profit nature may limit acceptance by some institutions.

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Ransomware attacks against higher ed increase

Colleges and universities experienced a surge in ransomware attacks in 2021, and those attacks had significant operational and financial costs, according to a new report.

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A graphic of one person handing money to another person, who is giving the first person a key, symbolizing paying ransom after a cyberattack.

U.S. shuts a community college's 'free' program for union members

The U.S. Education Department says Eastern Gateway Community College’s online program violated federal financial aid rules. The college warns that freezing the program could endanger its future.

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Eastern Gateway Community College, a redbrick building with blue signs on the outside.

Bomb threats disrupt campuses across the country

A rash of bomb threats has disrupted higher ed institutions—especially community colleges—across the country this summer.

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Tidewater Community College academic building, a glass and white metal building.

Former porn performer wins suit against community college

A former porn performer won $1.7 million after suing Southwestern Oregon Community College for discriminating against her because of her past work.

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icole Gililland in a graduation cap and gown poses with family after she graduated with her bachelor's degree.

Youngkin's push to be involved in chancellor search succeeds

Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin's involvement in the search process for a new leader of the state's community colleges system troubles state policymakers and higher ed advocates.

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Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin speaking at his inauguration in January 2022.

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