Kansas community colleges combat decreased enrollment amid COVID-19

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After the Great Recession in 2008, community colleges nationwide saw an influx of nontraditional students and an increase in overall enrollment. Amid COVID-19, the opposite has occurred, and Kansas community colleges are facing a 14.1% decline in enrollment since last fall.

Carter File, Hutchinson Community College President, has seen a 3.6% decrease in overall enrollment this fall, on the high end for enrollment this year. Brian Inbody, Neosho Community College President, said his college is facing enrollment losses across the board, from technical education programs to concurrent high school programs.

Despite these losses, Heather Morgan, executive director of the Kansas Association of Community College Trustees, said Kansas community colleges are well-positioned to rebound when the pandemic subsides.

Read more about how community colleges are dealing with the challenges of COVID-19.

IN THIS EPISODE

Carter File

President, Hutchinson Community College

Brian Inbody

President, Neosho County Community College

Heather Morgan

Executive director, Kansas Association of Community College Trustees

Tim Carpenter

Senior Reporter, Kansas Reflector