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Friday 5: Things To Ponder This Week In Higher Ed 11/19/21

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      As we continue the month-long celebration of National Native American Heritage Month, at Innovative Educators we want to ensure we honor November as a time for reflection, learning and celebration of Indigenous knowledge, traditions, language, and culture.

    • Broadband Internet Reaching Native American Students 

      Native American Journalist Share Stories of Native American Student Experiences

      Native American Thanksgiving Resources for Younger Students

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    This week Inside Higher Ed reported on recent updates provided by the Department of Education regarding the three rounds of COVID-19 relief funds for higher education. According to the Department of Education under secretary James Kvaal, the relief funds have made a “significant impact on students and institutions.”  A survey by the American Council on Education found that HEERF funds allowed 93 percent of colleges to provide emergency scholarships to students, 88 percent of colleges to purchase COVID-19 tests and meet other public health needs, and 80 percent of colleges to provide students with electronic devices and internet access to keep them enrolled. Across the United States, more than seven million students were able to take advantage of $6 billion in emergency grant aid, with each student receiving an average of $850.

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    A recent report examines the experience of Black student loan borrowers. Forty-four percent of student loan borrowers at historically Black colleges and universities and 29 percent of Black borrowers at predominantly white institutions reported skipping meals to cut costs. Black women report receiving less family financial assistance for college than their male counterparts. Thirty percent of students at HBCUs revealed that they are providing financial support to their families while attending college.

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    In previous weeks we’ve covered the decline in college and university enrollment.  Over the last two years, the biggest dip in enrollment has occurred in students ages 25-29. Industry experts are encouraging organizations to recruit adult students by connecting schoolwork to employment opportunities. In addition, institutions need to provide better systems to help adult learners to re-enroll through addressing student debt, like Wayne State’s Warrior Back program, and providing credit for prior learning.

Author: Meg Foster
November 19, 2021
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