Region’s Community Colleges Lose More Students This Fall

Community colleges across the region lost students again this fall, according to preliminary data provided by the schools.

Virginia Western Community College saw the largest decrease, reporting the equivalent of 3,430 full-time students as of this month — a 4.9% drop from last fall.

Full-time equivalency, the key enrollment figure for colleges, is tied directly to state funding. Virginia Western’s total number of actual students, or headcount, is about 6,300 students this fall — a 7.6% decrease.

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