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Friday 5: Things To Ponder This Week In Higher Ed 7/3/20

We hope you will join us on Friday, July 10th for our next Friday 5 Live.  Dr. Denise Swett will join us to talk about how to develop student support resources and creatively address supporting students when budgets are tight.

 

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The State of Higher Education This Week

Our thoughts continue to focus on those protesting police violence and systemic racism in our country. The Chronicle reports this week on the University of South Carolina’s goal to have its Black student population match the number of Black residents in the state (about 27%).  Princeton has announced it will remove Woodrow Wilson’s name from their School of Public and International Affairs, citing Wilson’s segregationist views.  IE remains committed to sharing resources on the topics of antiracist training.  This week, EdSurge shared recommendations for engaging in DEI (diversity, equality and inclusion) work at a distance. Find tips for making teaching and interaction with students more inclusive in this piece from The Chronicle of Higher Education.

 

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There is growing momentum for institutions to move away from requiring SAT and ACT scores as part of a student’s admissions process.  An increasing number of colleges and universities have announced that they will not require test scores for fall 2021 admissions, schools like Texas Tech and the entire Ivy League.  Advocates for an end to college admissions tests cite the growing body of research that indicates the tests are biased to affluent white students.

More than half of four-year colleges in the U.S. — at least 1,270 institutions — won't require scores from students seeking to enroll in fall 2021.


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Education Dive examines what college enrollment may look like for the fall.  The picture is not as bleak as it was initially in the early days of COVID.  “Moody's is projecting a 2% to 4% increase in enrollment across the sector this fall, with community colleges and less-expensive public colleges standing to gain students.”  Researchers predict students will remain in-state and closer to home which will benefit public colleges and universities.

 

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    Colleges are reaching out to states seeking protection from COVID-19 liability.  Institutions that are planning in-person classes for the fall are also planning health measures like virus testing, contact tracing, and mandating face coverings.  However, no measures can guarantee a zero rate of infection for students, faculty and staff.  College leaders are concerned that returning to campus opens institutions up to the potential of virus-related litigation. While the American Council on Education has pushed Congress to authorize liability protections for colleges, there has been no move by the federal government to do so.  College leaders are now seeking safeguards from state lawmakers, with some degree of success.

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    Colleges report increases in COVID cases during summer semester.  At the University of South Carolina, COVID cases increased by 79 in eight days. Public health officials tie virus spread to off-campus gatherings in nearby neighborhoods and bars.  As institutions get closer to mid-August start dates, similar outbreaks at LSU and Michigan State University, underscore the challenge institutions are facing to keep COVID contained on their campuses: there is only so much they can do to control student behavior, especially when those students are off campus.
     
     
    Author: Meg Foster
    July 3, 2020
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