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Friday 5: Things To Ponder This Week In Higher Ed 12/4/20

We hope that you were able to join us for our Friday 5 Live with Dr. Denise Swett.  We examined 2020 and where we can go and grow in the new year.  As always, I left our conversation feeling renewed and excited for the work ahead.  If you missed our conversation, please check out our Friday 5 Live podcasts and share with colleagues!



This week in higher education, institutions began publishing plans for the spring 2021 semester.  Harvard and Princeton will bring back more students in the spring.  Walsh University will use learning communities next semester to ease student isolation.  Faculty at the University of North Carolina are demanding the university continue with remote learning for the spring semester.  The state of Nevada will allow college students to select pass/fail grading options for the fall semester.  Students at Georgia Tech and the University of Georgia filed a lawsuit seeking tuition refunds from the spring 2020 semester; students at Columbia are making a similar demand.



Inside Higher Ed reports this week on outcomes from Florida’s redesign of developmental education.  According to research published in Educational Researcher, the number of students taking and passing general education requirements in math and English has increased since 2013 when legislation altered developmental education.  The study also found that Black and Hispanic students had greater gains in passing rates than their white peers. Researchers hope that COVID will accelerate additional developmental education reform.


"Developmental education reforms that increase student access to and enrollment in college-level courses are among the most promising avenues for improving student success.” - Elizabeth Kopko, senior research associate at the Community College Research Center at Teachers College at Columbia University



Federal lawmakers appear to be renewing conversations about a new coronavirus aid bill.  A proposal by Mitch Romney, Susan Collins and Joe Manchin provides $4 billion to student loan relief. Republican Senators have created a separate plan which sets aside $105 billion for an "Education Stabilization Fund” and grants legal liability protections for colleges.  This week the American Council on Education reiterated its message to lawmakers that colleges and universities need “at least $120 billion to address the pandemic's financial fallout.”


12,000: The number of jobs international student enrollment at community colleges supports



The Chronicle of Higher Education reports this week that “the amount international students contributed to the U.S. economy in 2019-20 fell $1.8 billion from the year before, to $38.7 billion.”  These economic disruptions are a result of the 43% decline in international enrollment this academic year.  Jobs created by international students declined in the last year by 9 percent. The future of international student enrollment in the United States has the potential to have lasting economic impacts.


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While undergraduate programs across the U.S. are suffering from low enrollments, law schools and medical schools are seeing increased application numbers for the upcoming school year.  Medical schools are experiencing an 18% increase in applicants which some are labeling the “Fauci Effect.”  Witnessing the pandemic has inspired many students to pursue a career in medicine.  Others are attributing the increase to students having the time to commit to the extensive medical school application process.
Author: Meg Foster
December 4, 2020
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