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Friday 5: Things To Ponder This Week In Higher Ed 2/26/21
We hope you will join us on March 5 for Friday 5 Live. Edward Coronado will share creative ways we can engage students to support their success! As an experienced tutor, Edward has used his YouTube channel to share success resources, and his videos have garnered thousands of views. Join us for an insightful discussion.
Please find this week’s resources below:
by Matthew Kay
According to recent research conducted by ECMC Group and VICE Media, only 25% of Generation Z teenagers “believe the traditional college model is the only pathway to getting a good job.” Only half of the students indicated they planned to attend college in the future. Gen Z students are concerned about finding a solid career and the cost of college as they do not want to be saddled with debt. Outside of incentivizing applying, researchers recommend colleges and universities connect with students on social media platforms and utilize current student voices in sharing short sound bytes that speak to the value of the college experience.
“Today’s teens are using a critical eye when it comes to analyzing their options and charting their future course. We must take this opportunity to hear their concerns and provide pathways that will meet their educational needs now and into the future.” - Jeremy Wheaton, president and CEO of ECMC Group
The federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has been expanded as part of COVID relief efforts to give college students easier access to the program, temporarily removing work and eligibility requirements, NASFAA reports this week. This expansion provides SNAP benefits to 3 million more college students. With one-third of college students reporting food insecurity during the pandemic, colleges and universities are being urged to promote the additional SNAP resources to their students.
One out of three: The number of college students saying they have experienced food insecurity since the beginning of the pandemic.
High school seniors are completing fewer FAFSA forms; applications from rising college freshmen have dropped nearly 10%. “FAFSA filings remain especially depressed at high schools with higher concentrations of students of color, in rural areas and small towns and in low-income schools everywhere.” FAFSA renewal rates are up over last year indicating current students intend to remain enrolled. But, a drop in new student applications suggests another enrollment dip for the fall 2021 semester.
February 26, 2021