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Student moves on campus. Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images

Community college enrollment for the summer dropped nearly 6% since last year, along with declines in Black and male student enrollment in colleges and universities overall, a report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center reveals.

Why it matters: Colleges need students to survive. The data show how the coronavirus pandemic could be affecting the fiscal health of higher education institutions, including demographic shakeups.

By the numbers: The organization’s data counts 7 million students enrolled in summer sessions at 2,300 colleges in the U.S.

  • Summer undergraduate enrollment increased at public and nonprofit four-year colleges from a year ago.
  • Four-year for-profit institution enrollment also fell.
  • Enrollment among Black students declined by about 6% compared to a 2% drop in 2019, but rose 8.5% among Asian students and 3.3% among Hispanics for the same time period.

The big picture: The report defies what experts have known to be true about college enrollment during a recession.

  • Community college and for-profit institution enrollments rose during the Great Recession. The opposite occurred this summer.
  • Experts and even college presidents speculated students would enroll in community college during the COVID-19 era, with its less expensive tuition and trade specialties. Instead, enrollment fell across all other groups based on race and ethnicity, age, gender and location. 

What's next: Undergraduate enrollment fell 2.5% from last year, the National Student Clearinghouse reports, with community colleges feeling the sharpest drop of nearly 8%.

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Why one coding bootcamp is ditching income-sharing agreements

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Make School, one of the earlier “coding bootcamps” to use income-sharing agreements, has quietly pivoted to traditional college loans that it covers until graduates find well-paid software development jobs. This is cheaper for students (and itself), the school tells Axios.

Why it matters: In recent years, income-sharing agreements (ISAs) have been hailed by some as the key to fix the college debt crisis because they seemingly hold schools responsible for their graduates’ professional—and financial—success.

The Week America Changed

Sandberg thought Zuckerberg was "nuts" on remote work in January 2020

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Chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg thought Mark Zuckerberg was "nuts" when he raised the possibility in January 2020 that 50,000 Facebook employees might have to work from home. By March 6, they were.

Why it matters: In an interview Monday with Axios Re:Cap, Sandberg explained how Facebook moved quickly to respond to the pandemic with grants for small businesses and work-from-home stipends for its employees, and how the company has been watching the unfolding crisis for women in the workforce.

Supreme Court declines to hear case on qualified immunity for police officers

The Supreme Court on March 5. Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

The Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal for a lawsuit brought against Cleveland police officers that challenges the scope of qualified immunity, the legal doctrine which has been used to shield officers from lawsuits alleging excessive force, Reuters reports.

Why it matters: The doctrine has been the subject of scrutiny from civil rights advocates. Eliminating qualified immunity was one of the key demands of demonstrators during nationwide protests in 2020 following the killing of George Floyd.

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