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Friday 5: Things To Ponder This Week In Higher Ed 3/5/21

Join us on March 19 for our upcoming Friday 5 Live! as we discuss communication & resiliency with Rob Bower of Berea College.

  

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Update
Innovative Educators is a women-owned company, and so it is important to our organization that we honor Women’s History Month this March.  Pandemic life has been particularly challenging for women: as a country, we are in the midst of a “she-cession” as nearly 3 million women have left the workforce. This month we will provide resources that help us examine the role of women and work in 2021, considerations for ways we can support working women and our students, and opportunities to learn more about equity issues.

17 Books to Read for Women’s History Month

Almost a Year Into Pandemic, Working Moms Feel Forgotten

 

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New Hampshire’s Governor, Chris Sununu, has proposed the state merge the University System of New Hampshire with the Community College System of New Hampshire creating one unified organization called the New Hampshire College and University System. The goal of the merger is to save the state money while offering students expanded opportunities and ease of transfer. The state Legislature will have to approve the proposal before it is finalized.  Other states like Vermont and Pennsylvania are examining merger options. New Hampshire is grappling with projected enrollment declines. The state’s community college leadership is concerned about the impact of a merger on their ability to advocate for their students and institutions.

 

60% of student respondents said they needed help during the past 12 months for emotional or mental health distress: Survey data from the Healthy Minds Survey which involved 33,000 students at 36 institutions in fall 2020

  

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The pandemic has highlighted the critical importance of early childhood resources and teachers.  EdSurge examines new arguments industry experts are making for radically rethinking how individuals come to the field of early childhood education.  The National Head Start Association and The Bellwether Education Partners, both of which advocate for the needs of underserved students, recommend new credentialing opportunities for early childhood educators including a national apprenticeship program and expanding pathways to degree completion.

 

“The pandemic catalyzed this previously unmatched level of attention on early care and education.  The potential for aspirational change to early educator preparation is possible right now.” - Ashley LiBetti, associate partner of policy and evaluation at Bellwether Education Partners

  

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Employment opportunities fell by 11% in the public higher education sector in 2020. The Brookings blog examines the reasons behind the decline in employment opportunities.  Job loss was the result of slowdown in hiring and not largely caused by layoffs or worker turnover at all levels in public education.  Positions at all levels went unfilled as a result of formal or informal hiring freezes. Researchers argue that it will take an increase in enrollment to create new job opportunities.

 

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Some 370,000 adults in Utah have completed a portion of a college degree. In an effort to support degree completion and fill workforce needs for teachers, nurses and technology workers, Rep. Lowry Snow has proposed that Utah provide adult learners with financial resources to attain their degrees. He is sponsoring HB328 which would “create a grant program to provide financial assistance to students who are at least 26 years old, financially needy and are pursuing an online degree or certificate in a field with an industry need.” Specifically, Snow’s bill would prioritize grants to students from rural areas, marginalized students, low-income students and first-generation college students.
 
 
Author: Meg Foster
March 5, 2021
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