Community college enrollment crisis? HISTORICAL TRENDS IN COMMUNITY COLLEGE ENROLLMENT

| August 9, 2019

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Community college enrollment has been in decline nationally since peaking in 2010. This report will put the recent community college trends into perspective by reviewing community college enrollment from 2001 through 2017, and by examining concurrent trends that are related to community college enrollments. This report will provide the reader with a better understanding of enrollment changes for students with different characteristics (such as age, gender, or race and ethnicity) as well as by enrollment intensity. In addition, community college enrollment trends will be compared to other sectors of higher education.

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Outdoor Play for Students with Special Needs

Article | June 21, 2021

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Classroom, Inc.

Classroom, Inc. is a nonprofit educational organization whose mission is to close the academic achievement gap by using technology and the world of work to engage, teach, inspire, and empower middle and high school students. For more than 20 years, we’ve created digital learning games that make authentic connections between school, college, and career using a blended learning model. Students take on decision-making roles as professionals in a simulated workplace while improving literacy, 21st century skills, confidence, and engagement. We also provide educators with professional development to effectively use our programs and leverage technology. Our learning games are successfully used in school, extended day, after school, and summer school environments. At Classroom, Inc. we believe that educators need effective tools, deeply engaging content, and continuous support to give all students the opportunity to succeed in school, work, and life.

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