California community colleges are losing students

In Politics by Michael Rae

Despite an offer of free tuition, Californians are shying away from community colleges. Although public investments in two-year public institutions have animated many political leaders at the state and federal levels, it may be time for California’s 73 community college districts to downsize and adapt to an environment where there’s reduced demand for their services.

The COVID-19 pandemic and recession upended much of what we thought we knew about community college enrollment. Historically, when individuals become unemployed or find it more difficult to enter the job market, attending a community college has offered an opportunity to gain skills to improve their