PNS National Newscast

Audio Activation
"Siri, play the Public News Service (podcast)"
"Hey Google, play the Public News Service podcast"
"Alexa, play Public News Service podcast"
or "Alexa, what's my news flash?" once you set it up in the Alexa app

2020Talks

Audio Activation
"Siri, play the 2020Talks podcast"
"Hey Google, play the 2020Talks podcast"
"Alexa, play Two-Thousand-Twenty Talks podcast"
or "Alexa, what's my news flash?" once you set it up in the Alexa app

Newscasts

PNS Daily Newscast - May 13, 2021 


President Biden taps Tracy Stone-Manning to be director of Bureau of Land Management; and Colorado schools get new tools to help students distinguish between news, commentary and disinformation.


2021Talks - May 13, 2021 


Republicans oust Liz Cheney from her leadership role, Dr. Anthony Fauci urges more vaccinations, NAACP leaders voice support for voting rights legislation, and Nancy Pelosi is optimistic about the infrastructure bill.

Report: COVID Will Hurt Black College Enrollment

Downloading Audio

Click to download

We love that you want to share our Audio! And it is helpful for us to know where it is going.
Media outlets that are interested in downloading content should go to www.newsservice.org
Click Here if you do not already have an account and need to sign up.
Please do it now, as the option to download our audio packages is ending soon

Over the summer, a new report says, Black college enrollment saw a major decline in the United States. The trend is highest at community colleges, with a drop of more than 10%. (Adobe Stock)
Over the summer, a new report says, Black college enrollment saw a major decline in the United States. The trend is highest at community colleges, with a drop of more than 10%. (Adobe Stock)
 By Mike Moen - Producer, Contact
September 11, 2020

MINNEAPOLIS -- The pandemic has brought a host of disparities for Black Americans, and college enrollment could be among them. A Minnesota advocacy group says the health crisis might add to existing barriers facing students in the region.

The latest findings from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center show summer college enrollment for Black undergrad students dropped by more than 8% in the United States. Jonathan McNicholes, state chair of Students United, a nonprofit that advocates for students in Minnesota's state university system, said there's already anecdotal evidence of Black students being affected by the crisis.

"I know a few of my friends who have dropped out or who have taken more gaps in their education in order to work more and wait for the pandemic to subside, to know if they are going to be able to effectively continue their education," he said.

He said Black student enrollment across state schools already is significantly low, and a report this year from the Education Trust gave the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities a failing grade in this area. That report looked at 2017 numbers. The school has said it has made improvements since that time.

While summer classes might not be as crucial when compared with other semesters, McNicholes and others have said, they anticipate these gaps extending into the fall. He said that would make it even harder for many Black students to resume their college careers, if they take a pause.

"You start growing your life to a spot that it's harder to return to higher education," he said. "It's harder to become a student after you have these commitments in your life."

He said students of color don't often have the same level of resources as their white counterparts, which could keep them in the workforce rather than returning to school. McNicholes said he hopes this convinces more policymakers and schools to take steps to reduce the cost of higher education.

The national enrollment report is online at nscresearchcenter.org, and the enrollment grade report is at edtrust.org.

Best Practices