Colorado struggles to get students back into college

By: | December 8, 2021

Women and low-income students disproportionately put their college careers on hold during the pandemic, according to a new report.

Of the 13,000 Coloradans who “stopped out” of college over the past three years, 43% were students of color.

Angie Paccione, executive director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education, explained when family members got sick and could not go to work, many students stepped in to help.

“We forget that there are extended families,” Paccione explained. “Especially in different cultures, where everybody pitches in, and it’s not just mom, dad and two children. When you have to pitch in for the entire family, then students of color, in particular, have stopped out.”

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