Asian-American enrollment down 20% in California’s community colleges

Asian-American enrollment is down 20% in California’s community colleges this year.

Reported by Higher Ed Dive, a common explanation here is that the rise in Asian-American discrimination during COVID has made these students more hesitant to join our academic communities. Although, while a whopping 59% of this population chooses 2-year institutions in California, their enrollment numbers at four-year institutions remains largely unchanged.

The takeaway? What can we do to help ensure our students that they will be safe from the fivefold increase in reported Asian-American hate crimes during the pandemic? And with a disproportionately low amount of Asian-American faculty at these 2-year public colleges in comparison with the student body, what can we do to help provide the cultural support system they’re looking for?

May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.