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Enrollment at community colleges in Finger Lakes has declined 19-60%

Enrollment at community colleges is declining. Across the U.S., and also across New York State. Between 2010 and 2019, a report by the Times Union in Albany shows that enrollment has declined by 23 percent at SUNY community colleges.

It’s creating a crisis; not only in the operational sense, but in terms of cash – as less enrollment means less income for these institutions.

Colleges of all shapes and sizes are seeing changes in enrollment trends. While some have recovered over the last few years, institutions across the country are declining.

Here’s what the decline at local community colleges looks like in the Finger Lakes between 2010 and 2019:

Finger Lakes Community College: Decline of 19%
Cayuga Community College: Decline of 22%
Genesee Community College: Decline of 29%
Monroe Community College: Decline of 39%
Tompkins Cortland Community College: Decline of 60%

Check out more of the data here.


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