On April 10, Inside Higher Ed editors, Scott Jaschik and Paul Fain got together to discuss the 2017 Survey of Community College Presidents. Conducted annually, the survey explores the most pressing issues facing today’s community college presidents.
“Why is this such an important time for us to be looking at community colleges?” Jaschik asks, kicking off the webinar. The answer? After years of back-to-back enrollment increases, community colleges are experiencing what Jaschik dubs a loss of “spotlight.”
In a world where community college funding hinges on enrollment, fewer students often mean less state funding. Compounding enrollment and finance, community colleges face several additional challenges, including:
- Politics and public safety
- Personnel management and staffing
- Competition from other institutions
- Educational matters
While such challenges may seem daunting, community colleges are implementing fresh, innovative ways to drive enrollment and boost institutional success. When asked about strategies to attract students, community college presidents listed these among their top efforts:
- Adding new programs on campus
- Making it easier for students to transfer to 4-year institutions
- Increasing spending on marketing
- Adding online programs
With expert insight and industry instincts, Jaschik and Fain offer an in-depth look at community colleges today.
To view the full webinar, please click here.