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Friday 5: Things To Ponder This Week In Higher Ed 1/15/21
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Our Friday 5 Live podcast kicks off again on January 22 when we will discuss mental health strategies for students, faculty and staff in this new year with Dr. Jena Morrison. We hope you will join us!!
The Centers for Disease Control released a study last week detailing the impacts on local communities by institutions that operated in the fall with in-person classes. In the fall semester, those counties with large colleges that had in-person instruction saw a 56 percent increase in COVID cases. The inverse was also true: those counties with large colleges that taught primarily online saw COVD cases fall by 18 percent. The CDC is asking colleges to do more to mitigate COVID spread as the spring semester starts across the country.
Number 3: College and university presidents collectively ranked the mental health of faculty and staff members as their third-most-pressing concern in a recent poll conducted by the American Council on Education. Student mental health and long-term financial viability of their institutions ranked number one and two.
This week, Education Dive and Inside Higher Ed examine a new memorandum from the Department of Education’s Office of the General Counsel which states that LGBTQ students are not included in protections under Title IX. The Department’s Office of Civil Rights is directed to “only consider certain forms of discrimination based on LGBTQ identity as discrimination under Title IX and said that ‘sex’ should only be interpreted to mean ‘biological sex, male and female’.” The memo is a direct contradiction to recent federal appeals court decisions. The new Secretary of Education is expected to overturn this interpretation of Title IX.
“It is clear now that football players are essential workers. The problem remains that they are not treated as employees and are not compensated. As non-employees, players’ health, safety and well-being are not very well protected.” Michael Hsu, regent at the University of Minnesota
As the football season concludes for NCAA Division I institutions, the Guardian examines COVID’s influence on the season and its impact on student athletes. Players reported feeling isolated during COVID quarantines and forced separation from family and friends during the season. Athletes addressed injuries they received as a result of a shortened pre-season. Students cited concerns about the long-term repercussions of having been exposed to COVID during the season. The authors argue that continuing to proceed with the fall 2020 college football season during a pandemic highlights the exploitation of student-athletes.
January 15, 2021