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Friday 5: Things To Ponder This Week In Higher Ed 2/19/21
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This week Education Dive examines the most recent federal relief package passed in December. The package includes $7 billion to expand broadband with the goal to provide internet to underserved communities. These resources will support minority-serving institutions and students receiving Pell Grants. Pell recipients will be eligible to receive a subsidized discount of up to $50 per month in broadband services. It is estimated that around 4 million college students have difficulty accessing the internet. New America, a think tank advocating for expanding broadband access, has found that “one in five people who stopped taking classes or chose not to enroll at a community college this fall said they lacked the technology or internet access to take classes online.”
"You're not going to solve the root issues of inequality with one-time funding to add access to the internet." - Lodriguez Murray, Senior vice president for public policy and government affairs, UNCF
“Mixed bag” is how Inside Higher Education describes state funding for colleges and universities in the coming year. While institutions across the nation prepare for cuts, some states are choosing to protect or even bolster higher education funding. Governors are focusing on three areas as they examine state funding: “colleges’ role in workforce development, higher education financial stability and assistance to historically Black colleges and universities.” The governors of Kentucky, California, Indiana and Iowa have proposed increasing financial support while Georgia, Hawaii, Nevada and North Dakota’s governors have recommended cutting higher education budgets.
1 in 4: The number of high schools seniors reporting that their post-high school plans have changed since the pandemic started (Survey of high school seniors by YouthTruth)
Five New Mexico colleges have announced that they are creating a common platform for student and financial services. The participating institutions include: Central New Mexico Community College, Santa Fe Community College, Clovis Community College, Northern New Mexico College and San Juan College. The joint system will help schools address barriers and improve student success. New initiatives include combining classes across the institutions if enrollment is limited and allowing students to register for a year of courses at a time.
February 19, 2021