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Friday 5: Things To Ponder This Week In Higher Ed 5/15/20

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.


Updates on COVID-19 and Higher Education

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.


FAFSA Application Renewals Down

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.


California State University System To Be Online For 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


Supporting Students’ Mental Health During COVID-19

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.

 $20 million: The number of dollars one home football game at the University of Alabama’s flagship campus can bring to the Tuscaloosa area


What Does the Loss of Fall College Athletics Mean?

The Chronicle reports this week on what the fall semester might look like for college athletics. Mark Emmert, president of the NCAA, said the season largely hinges on whether campuses are open for face-to-face classes. Football, the most lucrative sport, may start its season in October or spring 2021. The financial implications of such disruption in revenue-generating sports are likely to be enormous for colleges and surrounding communities.  In addition, athletic programs influence college enrollment and alumni connections which may be further jeopardized by the loss of a fall sports schedule.

Author: Meg Foster
May 15, 2020
Comments 2
  • Denise Swett
    Denise Swett

    Great information this week as always Meg. Thanks so much!

  • Denise Swett
    Denise Swett

    Great information this week as always Meg. Thanks so much!

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