Nebraska’s community colleges faring better than most in enrollment this year

The effort to keep community colleges open paid off, as Nebraska’s community colleges fared better than other two-year academic transfer or career or technical programs across the country when it comes to enrollment. Nationally, community colleges took the hardest hit among postsecondary institutions, suffering on average a 10% drop from fall 2019 to fall 2020, according to the National Student Clearinghouse.

“We managed to weather the storm compared to other places,” said Greg Adams, executive director of the Nebraska Community College Association.

Nebraska’s six community colleges, which saw anywhere from flat enrollment numbers to single-digit losses, adapted quickly to the pandemic, physically changing classrooms and implementing other public health measures that helped “build in a degree of comfort for students to return,” Adams added, particularly in career and technical education programs.

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