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Friday 5: Things To Ponder This Week In Higher Ed 3/12/21
Tech Term of the Week:
Blockchain, sometimes referred to as Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT), “is an encrypted database consensually shared and synchronized across multiple peer-to-peer networks. Since blockchain is decentralized by design, this technology represents ‘data security reinvented’ and has important implications for higher ed with regards to transcripts, tuition payments, and more.”
On Monday President Biden indicated that he wanted to see changes to 2020 Title IX regulations. Biden signed an executive order which directs the Education Department to review “‘all of its existing regulations, orders, guidance, and policies’ related to sexual violence in education within 100 days.” He gives the newly confirmed education secretary, Miguel A. Cardona, a directive to consider “suspending, revising, or rescinding” any Education Department actions that are not consistent with the Biden administration’s approach to Title IX. Secretary Cardona is also to “issue new guidance as needed” on how schools and colleges should carry out the Title IX regulations. It could take a year for formal changes to the Trump-era Title IX rules to go into effect.
$18,528: The total cost for a year of toddler care at Gorse Children’s Center Mount Holyoke College’s childcare center. While costs are on par with area providers, the Gorse Children’s Center is fully accredited and provides infant care. The recent threat of closure highlights the continued challenge for working mothers of finding affordable and accredited childcare.
We’ve covered the 10% drop in community college enrollment this year, but this week the Hechinger Report examines what this means for the U.S. economy. Industry leaders are concerned that low enrollment will translate to a lack of trained and credentialed workers in high need fields including: health care, cybersecurity, information technology, construction, manufacturing, transportation, law enforcement and utilities. Even if enrollment eventually rebounds, the interruption caused by the pandemic will be felt for years. Before the pandemic there will be 31 million jobs left open by retiring baby boomers. States like Virginia and Michigan are incentivizing completion of technical training in high need career fields.
“Not having people engaged in community and technical colleges means we’re taking the fuel out of the engine.” - Stephen Pruitt, president, Southern Regional Education Board, speaking of the impact of community college enrollment on the U.S. economy
Inside Higher Education reports this week that Coursera “filed an application to become a publicly traded company and sell shares on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol COUR.” The number of shares and price point have not yet been determined. Coursera has evolved since its founding nearly a decade ago as a MOOC provider. Now the company provides non-degree certificates, stackable degrees and professional credentials. The company’s estimated value is between $2.4 billion and $5 billion.
Join us March 19 to hear Rob Bowers share insight into communication and student resiliency.
March 12, 2021