Assessing Covid’s impact on college campuses

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

At El Paso Community College (EPCC) in Texas, enrollments this spring are down -12.5%, following a -9.5% drop in the fall. Among its first-time-in-college students, enrollments dipped -12% this spring, compared to -31% in the fall. But what especially worries President William Serrata is the pandemic’s hit on Hispanic/Latinx students, who comprise about 85% of the student body at the college. EPCC over the past few years had seen an increase in the number of Hispanic/Latinx students attending college and attaining a credential. Serrata fears the pandemic could erase those gains.