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Friday 5: Things To Ponder This Week In Higher Ed 10/9/20
We hope you were able to join us for our Friday 5 Live today as we examined how to support our students’ mental health needs this fall semester. We are grateful for Dr. Aaron Hughey’s insights and recommendations. We are now podcasting Friday 5 Live so you can more easily share this resource with colleagues! Please join us October 23 as we host a panel of students from across the United States who will update us on their fall experiences.
We are introducing a new segment to our Friday 5 Newsletter highlighting a student experience during this strange academic year. We value hearing and learning from our students!
Student Name and College: Alexis, Crafton Hills College
Hometown: Rialto, CA
Share one thing you wish your faculty knew about your experience this fall:
I work full time and I go to school full time. Although I’m determined to get my degree by any means necessary, I am concerned about those students who might come to the Zoom meeting the first day and then I will never see them again or they are still enrolled in the class and they never post on the discussion board. Faculty need to make it known to their students that they care about them and that they are willing to help them succeed.
What has been the resource you’ve found the most helpful this semester?
Having the resources of talking to my counselor to make sure I'm on the right track.
What has been the best part of your semester so far?
That I’m able to do my work at my own pace.
Inside Higher Ed this week looks at the enrollment data for the fall semester reported by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Overall undergraduate enrollment is down 2.5%, but at community colleges that decline is 7.5%. Doug Shapiro, executive director of the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, said that “the results are extremely concerning for community colleges and the many low-income students they serve.”Inside Higher Ed reports this week on furloughs being announced at institutions across the United States. Last month, “employment in state government education dropped by 49,000 jobs and employment in private education fell by 69,000 jobs.” These cuts are a second round of pandemic-related budget reductions. Many institutions trimmed auxiliary spending in the spring semester so now must cut personnel. “Personnel is the largest line item, and personnel is going to be the area where most institutions are going to have to look for additional savings as they balance their budgets,” shared Jim Hundrieser, the National Association of College and University Business Officers.
337,000: The estimated number of fewer workers employed by America’s private and state-controlled institutions of higher education in August compared to February
iverse Issues in Higher Education shares this week a new initiative coming from Google. Three community colleges are working with Google on its new federally accredited apprenticeship program. There has been much discussion this fall about how Google’s credentialing programs will change and influence higher education. The goal of the Google IT Apprenticeship Program is to train students, particularly non-traditionally aged students, for new jobs. The online course will provide students digital, professional and technical skills leading to Google IT certification.
Inside Higher Education examines tribal colleges’ responses to learning during the pandemic. Access to technology is one of the largest hurdles for tribal colleges, many of which are in rural areas. Institutions have moved quickly to address technology needs, faculty training in online pedagogy, and online student support. Tribal college leaders are hopeful that their new embrace of online learning will strengthen their institutions.
October 9, 2020