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Friday 5: Things To Ponder This Week In Higher Ed 10/22/21

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      • 5.8 million: the number of college students were enrolled in exclusively distance education in fall 2020, nearly double the number of students whose courses were entirely remote the previous year.

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    The Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice reported this week on a study conducted with Amarillo College using nudging to encourage students to visit the college’s Advocacy and Resource Center (ARC). Researchers found that the nudges doubled the number of students visiting ARC. In addition, connecting students to basic needs support services helped them to make academic progress. Staff found nudging, both via email and text, to be an affordable way to help students use critical campus resources.

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    Applications to graduate school programs increased nearly 8% in fall 2020 and enrollment of first-time graduate students rose nearly 2% in the same period. In the last decade, applications have increased annually 2% making the 7.3% increase in 2020 stand out. First-time enrollment of underrepresented minorities grew as well. “First-time enrollment increased the most among Latinx students at 20.4%, followed by Black/African-American students at 16% and American Indian/Alaska Native students at 8.8%.” Travel restrictions and the pandemic contributed to a nearly 10% decrease in international graduate student enrollment.

    “To see continued growth in first-time enrollment rates during a global pandemic shows confidence in the value of graduate education and the importance of increased flexibility in delivery methods." Suzanne Ortega, President of the Council of Graduate Schools

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    This week the Chronicle of Higher Education examines a report written by two dozen offices for students with disabilities regarding assisting students impacted by long-term COVID. The report identifies two particular challenges facing disability services: the variety of long-haul symptoms students might possess and the lack of documentation disability offices typically need to provide services. Disability offices are quickly adapting, educating their staff about long-term COVID symptoms as well as preparing for an increase in students seeking accommodations as a result of their long-haul symptoms.

Author: Meg Foster
October 22, 2021
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