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Friday 5: Things To Ponder This Week In Higher Ed 4/2/2021




Innovative Educators is proud of its commitment to community colleges and excited to celebrate Community College Month this April!  Each week this month in our Friday 5, we will highlight articles that are focused on the concerns of community colleges and celebrate the efforts of our community college colleagues! Happy Community College Month!


Statistics on community college student-parents: 56% of students with infants and 54% of single parents leave college without a degree or certificate according to research by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR)



Virginia Creates Free Community College Tuition in High Demand Fields

Education Dive reports this week on the G3 initiative in Virginia’s Community College Students.  Low and middle income students pursuing degrees in healthcare, computer science and early childhood education will attend community college for free with this state-wide program.  The state expects 36,000 students to be able to take advantage of this new educational benefit which will also cover expenses beyond tuition, including food, transportation and child care. Education experts are confident that community colleges will be critical in helping restore the economy after the health crisis.



Job Training Needs for Infrastructure Plan

President Biden’s anticipated $1.5 trillion infrastructure program would increase the number of jobs in the sector creating demand for workforce training programs to help workers prepare for the bulk of those jobs reports the Community College Daily this week.  New jobs created as a result of the infrastructure program would help Black and Latino workers who have been disproportionately affected economically by the pandemic.


Requiring the COVID vaccines for faculty and staff follows a different legal framework, and could include negotiating with employer unions or going through a shared governance process. - Dorit Reiss, professor at the University of California Hastings College of the Law



Will More Colleges Follow Rutgers Example & Require the COVID Vaccine?

Rutgers University announced this week that it will require students enrolling in the fall semester to be vaccinated, and it is “strongly encouraging” all faculty and staff to get vaccinated as well.  Industry experts anticipate other institutions releasing similar requirements for the upcoming academic year.  Whether universities can require COVID vaccinations for its community members (students, faculty and staff) is new legal territory. Colleges already require students to get certain vaccines, and with increase in COVID vaccine availability, institutions are responding rapidly to whether they will add COVID to the list of expected student vaccinations. 


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Supreme Court Considers Whether NCAA Can Compensate Athletes

The Supreme Court heard arguments this week from the NCAA and 11 major-conference co-defendants regarding the NCAA’s athlete-compensation limits.  Lower courts have ruled that the “association’s compensation limits violate antitrust trust law and that there should be no nation-wide limits on the education-related benefits athletes playing Division I men’s or women’s basketball or Bowl Subdivision football can receive.” The lower courts would allow benefits such as cash payments for academic achievements, scholarships and paid internships.  A ruling is expected later this spring or in early summer.

Author: Meg Foster
April 2, 2021
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