Challenges & Opportunities at Community Colleges

As we continue to struggle through the “great recession” Community Colleges are experiencing a boom in enrollment. Across the nation’s community colleges, enrollment has increased by more than 45 percent over the past decade! Increasing tuition costs at four year colleges, coupled with demands to accommodate a diverse student population at community colleges that includes veterans, adult students who have lost their jobs and are in need of retraining, adult workers in need of continuing education needed to keep their jobs, and incoming high school students looking for affordable educational alternatives. While this enrollment boom may appear to be a tremendous opportunity for community colleges, there are numerous challenges including space needs to accommodate the vast numbers of new students, finding the numbers of qualified faculty to provide high quality instruction, doing more with less state funding to name just a few.