Our webinar with Bristol: “Getting Students Excited About Your Community College”
Even today, there are too many questions regarding two-year schools. Often, these misconceptions can lead to dangerous stereotypes that hurt enrollment, transfer, and certificate numbers.
How can community colleges rise above the noise and get students engaged in what the school has to offer?
In this summary of our webinar with Bristol Community College’s Liv Robinson, you’ll learn how.
We also wrote a blog on combating community college stigma, which has been very helpful to some community colleges..
By the numbers: Community college stigma
Despite community colleges being around since 1862, there’s still some confusion regarding how they serve students. Unfortunately, this confusion can sometimes be harmful to two-year schools.
With over 1,000 community colleges serving “more than 11 million students,” enrollment numbers have been steadily declining since the beginning of the pandemic (University Business). In 2020, 10% less students enrolled in community colleges, and this number fell another 4% in 2021. And while higher education institutions of all kinds are feeling this enrollment decline, two-year schools are feeling the worst of it.
Who’s doing it right: Liv Robinson with Bristol Community College
Bristol Community College, established in 1965, is nestled in four different locations in Massachusetts, and provides online courses to students. Serving more than 5,000 students, their vision at Bristol is simple:
Despite their success, Bristol Community College is no stranger to negative stigma. However, they’re constantly working to change that perspective so that others can see the value their school brings. They knew they needed to level up.