Report roundup

By AACC 21st Century Center Staff

A monthly roundup of reports of interest to the community college sector.

Here are three reports you should know about this month.

  1. Women represent 56 percent of enrollments at colleges and universities in the U.S., but hold almost two-thirds of the country’s $1.3-trillion student debt, according to a new report from the American Association of University Women (AAUW). They also have a harder time repaying those loans due to the gender pay gap.
  2. A National Student Clearinghouse Research Center report shows enrollments at postsecondary institutions continue to decline, but at a slower rate than previous years. Overall postsecondary enrollments in spring 2017 decreased 1.5 percent from the previous spring. Two-year public colleges saw a dip of 2.5 percent (138,000 students). Certain majors at community colleges are proving to be popular, though, and seeing increased enrollments: biological and biomedical sciences; foreign languages, literature and linguistics; psychology; history; and basic skills and developmental/remedial education.
  3. Americans have a positive opinion of community colleges. More than 80 percent of those surveyed in a New America study agree that community colleges contribute to a strong U.S. workforce. New America polled 1,600 Americans ages 18 and older. Eighty-two percent said two-year colleges are worth the cost, and 80 percent believe that the colleges are preparing people for success. That’s compared to 40 percent of survey participants who said for-profits were “worth the cost,” followed by 43 percent for private four-years. Looking at postsecondary education overall, only a quarter surveyed said the higher education system is functioning fine, but 75 percent agree that it’s easier to be successful with a degree than without one.

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AACC 21st Century Center Staff

is a contributor to the 21st-Century Center.