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Friday 5: Things To Ponder This Week In Higher Ed 5/28/2021



May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and at Innovative Educators, we’ve tried to use this month as an opportunity to examine anti-racist practices and inclusivity in our communities.  We’ve posed questions like:  How can I use this month for discovery, learning and listening? How will I take this work back to my institutions and organizations?  While we’re reminded of the importance of not compartmentalizing the AAPI experience to one month each year, each week this May, we have shared resources that we found particularly helpful to our own learning. Please find this week’s resources below:

Stop AAPI Hate

Yellow by Frank Wu

Peter Ho Davies



Mandatory Advising As Social Work

This week the Hechinger Report examines colleges and universities who have created effective mandatory advising programs. These programs require students to check in with an adviser at designated points or they are prohibited from registering for the upcoming semester. The pandemic has seen a shift in advising conversations, and advisers are focusing on both a student’s academic path and addressing personal and social barriers. “Where advising used to be heavily focused on the student’s academic path and career aspirations, it’s now about helping students juggle other aspects of lack of technology, food and housing insecurity, mental health issues, or caring for family members.”


More than 1 in 5: The number of undergraduates who are parents. These students are more likely to be women of color according to research done by the Jed Foundation and the Aspen Institute.



How Colleges Can Support Students Who are Parents

New research from the Jed Foundation and the Aspen Institute finds that college students who are parents experience more stress than their peers and are less likely to know about or be able to afford mental health resources. Young parents report feeling more overwhelmed and consider dropping out at higher rates than older student-parents. Older student-parents, “demonstrated a degree of resilience that was not always evident even in their nonparenting counterparts." Researchers recommend institutions have older student-parents mentor younger ones, train mental health counselors to address the needs of student-parents, provide trauma-informed care training to those supporting students who are parents, and offer daycare or other places students can bring their children with them to campus.


Listen to our Friday 5 Live podcast with Naomi Sigg of Case Western Reserve University as we discuss supporting Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) students & colleagues.



Institutions Work to Better Serve Adult Students of Color

The Community College Research Center has a report out this week examining how community colleges can best support adult students of color.  CCRC recommends institutions focus on three things: “aligning short-term credentials with degree programs, improving the design and delivery of advising and other support services, and creating culturally sustaining instruction and supports.” The report highlights the importance of academic advising for students of color and acknowledges the often limited resources community colleges have. Experts advise institutions to consider adopting the practices of  “bundling and sequencing.” In a bundled design, students learn about both academic and non-academic support resources as they work with their adviser. In sequencing, supports align with each step of the college journey.  CCRC also encourages institutions to examine how they are creating more enriching and affirming college experiences for racially minoritized adults.  CCRC highlighted institutions that offer multicultural centers and extensive programming.


These upcoming webinars may also be of interest to you:

The Top 10 Reasons Students Drop Out & How We Can Keep Them Enrolled, June 3

First-Year Transition Issues: How Advisors Can Positively Impact A Student’s First Term, June 15


ProctorU Drops Fully Automated Remote Proctoring

EdSurge reports this week that ProctorU, the remote test proctoring company, will no longer offer monitoring that only uses artificial intelligence to flag potential testing violations. Instead, the company will have trained proctors either monitor students remotely while they take their exams or review the recordings after their tests. ProctorU is shifting away from AI-monitored exams for three reasons: “test providers weren't consistently reviewing the sessions the software flagged, the technology created more opportunities to unfairly implicate students in misconduct and it increased the workload for instructors.”

Author: Meg Foster
May 28, 2021
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