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Friday 5: Things To Ponder This Week In Higher Ed 2/5/21
We hope you could join us for our Friday 5 Live this week. We learned so much from Dr. Denise Swett as we discussed technology resources to support our students in 2021. On February 12 we are excited to host Dr. Daniel Maxwell who will share recommendations for staying professionally connected during pandemic and insights into the job search process particularly for student services professionals. Come join us!
Research from the Center for Collegiate Mental Health indicated that a third of students visiting their college’s counseling center in 2020 indicated mental health issues caused by the pandemic as their reason for seeking help. “Academic distress appears to be a key driver in seeking mental-health care during COVID-19, which may represent a broader experience of distress caused by academic worry” researchers report. This research points to the continued importance of colleges and universities providing robust mental health services for students now and as they transition into post-pandemic learning.
42%: The number of students pursuing associate degrees who care for a child or a parent.
24%: The number of students seeking a bachelor's degree who are parents.
During his confirmation hearings this week, Dr. Miguel Cardona emphasized the need to support career-tech pathways. He pledged to work to “reform” the department's Federal Student Aid office. Cardona praised community colleges and addressed their importance in rebuilding the U.S. economy. Senators asked Cardona, once confirmed, to move quickly to ensure gender identity and sexual orientation are protected classes and reform Title IX.
"The significant relationship between caregiving or parental responsibilities and consideration of pulling out of courses persists even after controlling for race, program level, age, gender, marital status, household income, and the amount of money taken out in loans." - new polling by Gallup and Lumina
Inside Higher Ed reports this week that community colleges are playing a greater role in bachelor’s degree attainment. 52 percent of students who received a first bachelor’s degree between 2008 and 2017 had previously attended community college. One fourth of students earned an associate degree. “Black, Hispanic and Asian students were more likely than their white counterparts to have attended community college, by up to 10 percentage points.” Women were more likely to have attended community college on their path to earning a bachelor’s degree than male students.
February 5, 2021