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As Native freshman enrollment falls sharply, tribal colleges respond. See more national education news here

| November 24, 2020
As Native freshman enrollment falls sharply, tribal colleges respond.  See more national education news here

Ebony Oviok, an Alaska Native from the state’s North Slope, thought she’d be spending this fall at the University of Alaska Fairbanks studying for her nursing certificate.

Instead, like thousands of would-be college freshmen, she’s home, waiting out the pandemic.

Nationwide, there are 13% fewer freshmen enrolled in college this fall than last, according to the latest data from the National Student Clearinghouse. The steepest declines have occurred at community colleges among students of color. At public, four-year colleges, freshman enrollment among Native American students is down 22%; at community colleges, it’s fallen by almost 30%.

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Schools scramble to help rural students get online for fall. See more national education news here

| September 8, 2020
Schools scramble to help rural students get online for fall. See more national education news here

Broadband service does not cover all of the U.S., especially in poorer rural areas. Some 16 million school children, or 30% of public school students, lack either an internet connection or a device at home for distance learning, says a recent study.

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