December is here and as 2015 comes to a close, it's important to look back and reflect on the year. What have you learned? How have you grown? What have we seen happen in community colleges? What trends have emerged or are expected to come to fruition in 2016? Take a look at College Board's November 2015 research brief entitled, "Trends in Community Colleges: Enrollment, Prices, Student Debt, and Completion". A few highlights to note:
In fall 2013, 43% of all and 26% of full-time undergraduate students were enrolled in community colleges.
Hispanic students were overrepresented in the public two-year sector; black students were overrepresented in the for-profit sector.
While inflation-adjusted published prices for community college students increased between 1995-96 and 2015-16, average net prices declined.
In 2015-16, the average published in-district public two-year tuition and fee price ranges from $1,420 in California and $1,680 in New Mexico to $6,510 in New Hampshire and $7,530 in Vermont.
Although community college students are less likely to borrow and on average borrow less than other students, a higher percentage of borrowers in this sector default on their federal student loans than students in other sectors.
National Student Clearinghouse data show that 39% of first-time community college students in 2008 earned a credential within six years, including 10% who completed a degree at a four-year institution.
What trends do you see happening on your campus? How are YOU innovating to increase the number of students who successfully complete community college? How is your campus' financing structure changing to adapt to these trends? Tell us on Twitter using the hashtag #2015CCTrends.