“I am not afraid of storms for I am learning to sail my ship.”
– Louisa May Alcott
We had a fantastic discussion with Dr. Denise Swett during last week’s Friday 5 Live. She shared her thoughts on planning for the fall semester. We’re always grateful for her positive energy. Please join us for our next Friday 5 Live on May 22 when we will focus on mental health concerns for students, faculty and staff.
Two months into the shift to remote learning and work-from-home orders, this week higher education news sources focus on the continued financial fall out from COVID-19. The Chronicle continues its extensive reporting this week as well as Inside Higher Ed. WCET continues to provide updates on relevant federal policy changes.
Multiple media sources are reporting this week that 5% fewer students have renewed their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the upcoming academic year versus this time last yearThe decrease represents more than 350,000 students, most of whom are from low-income families. A drop in renewal rates suggests that more students than usual are uncertain about their ability to return to college in the fall.
Timothy P. White, chancellor of the California State University system, announced on Wednesday that its institutions will conduct the majority of classes online this fall. The system enrolls nearly 500,000 students at 23 campuses. Across the system’s institutions, on-campus housing will be reduced. A limited number of hands-on learning experiences, such as a capstone engineering project or using specialized equipment, will still be available with intensive precautions.
"People who flourish are not less afraid, worried, or upset about what’s going on around them. They have just worked at holding these emotions and thoughts in a healthy manner."
Kelly Crace, associate vice president for health and wellness at the College of William & Mary
The Chronicle reports this week on how institutions are supporting students’ mental health at a distance, especially when programs like telecounseling are not available. In a recent survey, 80% percent of college students reported that the COVID-19 crisis has negatively affected their mental health. Campus leaders are concerned for their students, and a third of college presidents indicated in an American Council of Education survey that they intended to invest more resources in mental health services for students. In the interim, institutions are building on resiliency programs to support students learning at a distance.
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