Michigan Community Colleges See Fall in Summer Enrollment
Michigan Community Colleges See Falling Summer Enrollments, An Indication of What’s Coming to Fall, Reports The Detroit Free Press.
The summer sessions start from the first week of May and many will follow at the end of May.
As an example of what the state‘s 28 community colleges are facing, the Detroit Free Press watched Washtenaw Community College. The WCC will begin its summer term on May 8 with all courses online only. On March 12, the WCC recorded an 11% drop in summer school enrollment compared to the same period last year. On April 3, after the college announced it would be online-only, enrollment was down 36.5% from last year. As of April 15, registrations were down 26% overall.
The programs hardest hit by declining enrollment are geared toward skilled trades like cooking or welding, which are difficult to teach online. Some of these courses have been canceled.
WCC is expected to lose nearly $ 2 million in this fiscal year due to summer tuition income. The school also anticipates losses in state aid.
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