We hope you could join us for our Friday 5 Live this week as we discussed mental health strategies for students, faculty and staff with Dr. Jena Morrison. We are grateful for her insights! Next week Dr. Sylvia Dorsey-Robinson will talk with us about how we can support our students of color during pandemic learning. We hope you will join us!
This week the PBS News Hour examines the mental health challenges facing college students in the United States as a result of COVID. According to the CDC, one in four Americans between the ages of 18 and 24 reported having seriously considered suicide in the last 30 days. “80 percent of students around the country say that COVID has negatively impacted their mental health, their spiritual health, and their career aspirations,” shares Varun Soni, the vice provost for campus wellness and crisis intervention at the University of Southern California. Mental health professionals at colleges urge students to utilize school counseling resources and to actively focus on creating their new normal.
12 percent: The number of people who had last enrolled in a community college between 1993 and 2013 who returned to any type of degree-granting higher education institution in the next five years.
The Hechinger Report examines the reasons behind the decline in enrollment at community colleges amidst the pandemic. Traditionally, community colleges provided opportunities for adults to learn new skills during a poor job market. But, students are citing not wanting to learn virtually, concern about infection, the need to earn income, and the need for greater guidance from staff and faculty regarding school as barriers to enrollment. Experts recommend guided pathways, increased communication, and intentional personal connections between students and staff or faculty.
“The pandemic has reinforced a message that community colleges should have been heeding already: that adult learners need programs with a clearer pathway to good jobs, with more non-degree courses and other short-term options to build marketable skills.” Carol D’Amico, executive vice president for learning and policy at Strada
Canada and the United Kingdom are the most popular study abroad destinations for students according to a recent survey by educations.com. Students cited preferring to study in Canada because of “less strict policies than the US, as the graduates in Canada are allowed to apply for a Post-Graduate Work Permit, an open work permit which allows employment of fresh university graduates.” International student enrollment has steeply declined in the U.S. Experts hope that anticipated changes the Biden administration will make in policies impacting international students may increase college and university enrollment from students outside the U.S.
January 22, 2021