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Friday 5: Things To Ponder This Week In Higher Ed 3/6/20

Friday 5: Things To Ponder This Week In Higher Ed 3/6/20

“One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world.”

- Malala Yousafzai


Responding to the Coronavirus

Much discussion this week across higher education news sources about the coronavirus (Covid-19), and its potential impact on colleges and universities. Inside Higher Ed reports that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that colleges “consider canceling upcoming foreign exchange programs and asking current program participants to return to their home countries.”  Several academic conferences have been postponed or cancelled, and institutions are moving quickly to plan for potential shut downs. Organizations like The Online Learning Consortium and WCET are providing resources and guidance regarding transitioning coursework online should Covid-19 cause temporary campus shut downs. The Chronicle of Higher Education is tracking the most recent updates in Covid-19 and its impact on higher education.


College Completion Rates Continue to Rise

Some good news to report this week regarding college completion rates.  According to data released by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, most states continued to increase their six-year completion rates.  Across the United States, six-year completion rates reached 60% which is the highest rate NSCRC has reported since it began collecting data eight years ago. Community colleges, many of which are embracing efforts like guided pathways, saw significant gains with 33 states showing increased completion rates at two-year institutions.  Overall community colleges had completion rates of nearly 41% for those students who began their studies in 2013.

According to a Higher Learning Advocates policy brief, in the fall of 2017, 24% of students were parents, 37% were older than 25 and 49% were financially independent. Close to 40% of students were part-time.


The Changing Profile Of The Traditional College Student

Diverse Issues in Higher Education reports this week on a brief compiled by Higher Learning Advocates which re-envisions the profile of the traditional students attending our campuses. The policy group’s goal is to encourage institutions to more intentionally consider the needs of part-time students. Only 42% of part-time students complete a credential within eight years at a public four-year institution, compared to 66% of full-time students.  Institutions should consider Competency-Based Education models, address affordability (nearly half of part-time students receive federal financial aid), and provide technology resources like online tutoring to better support part-time student completion rates.


US Navy Overhauling Educational System

The Associated Press reported this week on the Navy’s first unified, comprehensive educational strategy: The Education for Seapower Strategy 2020.  This major overhaul to the Navy’s educational system would create a Navy community college to provide associate’s degrees at no cost to thousands of sailors and Marines. Most coursework would be done online through civilian universities and community colleges that partner with the Navy.  The goal is to enroll the first students next year. Plans also include unifying schools within the existing naval university system and creating new policies which would encourage and reward those pursuing educational opportunities.


Time In Nature Reduces Stress

In an article published earlier this semester, an interdisciplinary team of researchers at Cornell has found that “as little as 10 minutes in a natural setting can help college students feel happier and lessen the effects of both physical and mental stress.”   According to their research, time outside does not have to be strenuous to have benefits: students studied were either walking or sitting in nature. While this study focused on students ages 15-30, the recommendation to get outside into the natural world is probably good advice for all of us in the world of higher education!

Author: Meg Foster
March 6, 2020

Friday 5: Things To Ponder This Week In Higher Ed 2/28/20

Friday 5: Things To Ponder This Week In Higher Ed 2/28/20
Feb 28, 2020 

1 - OER Efforts At Community Colleges: Paying Off?

2 - Helping Schools Use Technology With Intention

3 - North Carolina Seeks to Enroll More Adult Learners

4 - College Enrollment Trends: Concerning News Continues

5 - Positive Impacts of Early College Programs

Connecting Students To Campus Resources

Connecting Students To Campus Resources
Hear from Dr. Laurie Hazard on how to connect students to campus resources. With the start of school upon us, we know that in order for some students to be successful, they will need extra support and it will be critical for students to access various support services on campus.  Faculty have the most regular contact with students and know when students are struggling academically, so one of the many responsibilities of faculty is to connect students to appropriate campus resources (advising, tutoring, counseling, math lab, writing lab, etc.).  But like teaching and learning in general, some students respond well to certain methods of instruction, while other students respond best to another method.

Supporting Students On Probation

Supporting Students On Probation
National data on academic probation rates are not tracked.  However, we know that many students struggle academically, especially in the first year. What are your students experiencing? What are some of the reasons students struggle?  View some tips to help students succeed academically.  

What Does $1.5 Trillion Have To Do With Student Employment?

What Does $1.5 Trillion Have To Do With Student Employment?
The costs of a college education have increased dramatically and many students need additional funds to support their college education.  In fact, the cost of higher education increased by 538% from1985 to 2015, and Student Loan Hero reports 1.5 trillion dollars in national student loan debt.  Student debt can cripple a student's ability to save to buy a car or a house, and thus, it is recommended that students only take the minimum loan amounts needed.  Working while in college can reduce the amount of student loan monies needed, and thus, hopefully, reduce student indebtedness.

Professional Development - What Are Your Challenges?

Professional Development - What Are Your Challenges?

Not enough professional development dollars to go around? Cost of conferences getting too expensive? Not enough time for you to research all the trainings available?

We all know that professional development is a tremendous learning tool that impacts employee satisfaction and retention, so why doesn’t every organization have a professional development program and why doesn’t every employee take advantage of professional development opportunities? What do you need and want from a professional development program? We want to hear from you!