Black and Minority Students Are Being Squeezed Out of Community Colleges

In a new report, The Center for the Future of Higher Education, warns that cuts to education are eliminating opportunities for low-income and minority students to enroll in community colleges.

The report states: “Community college enrollments have declined in the last two years. In percentage terms the declines are relatively small; but in absolute numbers and in human terms, they are profoundly significant. Hundreds of thousands of prospective students are knocking on the doors of community colleges and are being denied access because the colleges have insufficient capacity to serve them.”

The problem is especially severe in California. There, 140,000 students have been turned away from community colleges in the past year. This number may double in the near future.

The data shows that due to significant increases in tuition, low-income students are becoming an increasingly smaller share of all students at community colleges. And Black and Hispanic students are a disproportionate share of this low-income group.

The report, Closing the Door, Increasing the Gap: Who’s Not Going to (Community) College?, is authored by Gary Rhoades, professor and director of the Center for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Arizona. The full report or the executive summary can be downloaded here.

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Get the JBHE Weekly Bulletin

Receive our weekly email newsletter delivered to your inbox

Latest News

Elizabeth City State University Establishes Transfer Agreements With a Local Community College

Through three recently signed agreements, students at the College of the Albemarle now have the opportunity for a seamless transfer to Elizabeth City State University upon completion of their associate's degree.

Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia Reports on Demographic Disparities Within American Public Workforce

The report found that Black workers in overrepresented occupations make about $20,000 to $30,000 less than the compensation of White workers in overrepresented fields. African Americans were also found to be more likely than White Americans to work in a lower-wage, segregated occupations.

Christon Arthur Named First Black President of La Sierra University in California

Upon assuming his new role on July 1, Dr. Arthur will become the first Black president of La Sierra University. He has served as provost of Andrews University in Michigan for the past eight years.

Business Leaders Engaging in Same-Race Diversity Initiatives Are Perceived as Displaying Favoritism

When asked to measure their employers' effectiveness in same-race versus cross-race diversity efforts, participants were more likely to negatively rate leaders who engaged in diversity initiatives geared towards members of their own race.

Featured Jobs