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Friday 5: Things To Ponder This Week In Higher Ed 11/13/20

We hope you were able to join us for our Friday 5 Live when Dr. Tom Tobin shared thoughts and insights about the future of online learning as we kicked off National Distance Learning Week!  His vision of what it takes to provide excellent online instruction and of how pandemic learning will shape our higher education future was fascinating. Please join us on November 20 for our next Friday 5 Live.  Jen Meyers Pickard and Sheila Murphy of WittKieffer will provide insights into pandemic-era higher education job search.


In celebration of National Distance Learning Week (November 9-13), please check out IE’s free workshop on How to Prepare & Support Students for Online Learning.



National Distance Learning Week (November 9-13)
Happy National Distance Learning Week!  However you may be supporting online learners this fall, as an instructor, staff member, or administrator, know how grateful Innovative Educators is for your leadership in a semester unlike any other.  In this week where we celebrate online learning, we saw Syracuse University, the University at Albany, and Niagara University shift courses to remote learning.  The University of Michigan announced it will offer more classes online in the spring semester. As we anticipate the end of the fall semester, please know the team at Innovative Educators is cheering on our colleagues in universities and colleges across the nation. 



Inside Higher Ed reports this week that nearly half of high school seniors have not begun the college application process according to a survey of 31,000 seniors by Niche and Tudor Collegiate Strategies.  More concerning, 56 percent of those respondents from low-income families have not started applying to college.  High school seniors reported feeling anxiety and concern about being able to afford college.  Some good news for admissions staff: students report they are attending online college recruitment events and enjoying them.


Higher education has shed at least a tenth of the labor force it had before the start of the pandemic. - The Chronicle of Higher Education



The National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) recently examined efforts by colleges and non-profits to help students graduate.  According to their research, these initiatives are hard to scale to impact a greater number of students.  NBER found that programs that effectively supported students used case management, often advisers with small caseloads, or financial support to help with tuition or to incentivize student performance. While effective, such programming is expensive costing upwards of $16,000 per student. NBER recommends institutions look to public funding to increase the scales of these efforts or seek private funding sources.


“Student parent work is race equity work” - Nicole Lynn Lewis, CEO and founder of Generation Hope



Achieving the Dream recently coordinated a summit on supporting students who are parents.  Leaders encouraged institutions to be flexible in working with student parents.  Dr. Karen A. Stout, president and CEO of ATD reminded attendees that institutions must make supporting student parents an urgent priority.  To that end, colleges and universities can connect prospective student parents with current students so they can see their pathway to success.  Additionally, institutions can engage student parents with both on and off-campus workforce so they gain work experience, skills and benefits.


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Market Watch reports this week on concerns that COVID will spread as college students return home for Thanksgiving break.  A member of the Texas Emergency Management Advisory Group estimates that “2 in 15 students will be heading back to their town or city as asymptomatic carriers of the virus.” Schools like Colby College are educating students about how to travel home safely while students at the University of Illinois are being advised to get two negative COVD tests four days apart before returning home. Health experts continue to remind students to wear masks and socially distance.
Author: Meg Foster
November 13, 2020
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