Welcome to the end of the Spring 2023 semester. It has been a challenging couple of years for our students and faculty since COVID. Statistics tell us that enrollment is still down across the U.S.
EdSource, a non-profit journalism organization reporting on education issues in California and the nation reports that, "enrollment at California's community colleges has dropped to its lowest level in 30 years. The stark decline has educators scrambling to find ways to meet the changing needs of students who may be questioning the value of higher education as they emerge from the harsh pandemic years."
The article goes on to say that since pre-pandemic 2019, the 115 CCC campuses have collectively lost about 300,000 students, an alarming 18% drop that indicates significant enrollment-based funding cuts if not reversed. "That uncertainty has put the financial viability of some colleges at risk. But the crush of pandemic-fueled changes has also pushed the system to a pont that may force the colleges to re-imagine themselves in ways that jibe with students' priorities and needs."
These are tough times, and we aren't out of the woods yet. But thank goodness we have CAAJE!
To support our AJ/AOJ/CJ faculty, our professional development Zoom webinars are back to assist and inform of the support of public safety education, training, and practitioner excellence. All Zoom webinars will be recorded and may be used for FLEX.
Kathy Oborn, CAAJE President