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Dr. Rufus Glasper, president and CEO of the League for Innovation in the Community College, joins Dr. Christina Hubbard, EAB’s leading expert on community colleges, to discuss what ails that sector and what lies ahead.
They cite reasons for optimism that begin with a new presidential administration featuring noted community college professor and advocate, Dr. Jill Biden. The two touch on ways that faculty have struggled during the pandemic and the importance of ensuring faculty have a voice in charting a path forward.
Finally, they talk about the extent to which enrollment trends will be influenced by external factors, like the COVID-19 vaccine rollout and the economy, versus the need to innovate and deliver a more flexible and engaging educational experience (online or otherwise) that attracts new students.
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