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Meerah PowellOregon Public BroadcastingBoth Oregon community colleges and public universities have seen a decrease in enrollment amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Community colleges especially have seen major declines, and higher education officials are especially concerned to see that decrease reflected in students from marginalized communities.

Since fall 2019, Oregon community colleges have seen a 23% decrease in enrollment, while public universities have seen an average decrease of 3.8%, according to data from the state’s Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC).

According to HECC data, Oregon community colleges have seen 1% fewer Hispanic and Latinx students since last year.

Oregon community colleges have also seen declines in enrollment by Asian, Black, Native American and Pacific Islander students.

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