A new report from Best Universities explores how the pandemic has changed college students from four and two year institutions. The report shows a trend that many 18-24 year old students have "began opting for alternative pathways, such as trade programs or the freedom from student loan debt provided by joining the workforce right away." The report also shows community college's impact on traditional and nontraditional students interested in alternative pathways. From the report,
"Community colleges make up the lion’s share of nontraditional student enrollment—which has been the case since at least 2015. And while enrollment since that time has nearly halved, community colleges retain nearly threefold the number of new nontraditional students each year than public four-year institutions."