November 09, 2020 Student Success
The National Bureau of Economic Research reviews eight programs that aid students on their college journey to graduation. The report examines methods to help programs scale, both in terms of their methodology and operational finances.
Joe Biden’s anticipated win for presidential office will not be official until the Electoral College vote in December, but his promises for higher education are included and explained in this article. Some of those promises include expanding free college, undoing Trump-era initiatives such as changing immigration policies and oversight of Title IX, and investing more into minority-serving institutions.
The American College Health Association (ACHA) has offered recommendations relating to vulnerable campus populations and the disproportionate impact the pandemic has had on people of color. The ACHA encourages universities and colleges to remain mindful of the social and racial biases that may appear in college branded messaging, as well as the impact the pandemic may have on those with disabilities.
FAFSA renewals are down from last year through mid-April, with an increase in administrative financial aid award appeals. Pandemic-related financial concerns can prevent students from re-enrolling in fall 2020.
With all of the uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, students and parents want to know what the college experience will look like in the fall. Although there is not yet a definite answer, college operations will likely look different. Options institutions are exploring include a fully remote/virtual experience, instituting a delayed start to the semester, offering hybrid courses or shortened course blocks, allowing only first-year students on campus, or allowing all students back to campus with changes in operations.
Inside Higher Ed.
College Board and ACT are taking action to ensure their testing dates are in-line with CDC guidelines and the general safety of the students. Both are exploring at-home/online options if students are unable to return to school to take the exams in person.
The Hechinger Report
Students that had to leave campus to quarantine and social distance with their families are facing unique challenges. For many, the switch to studying at home is mostly a disorienting inconvenience. For low-income students, though, the situation can be dire. Some have large families and siblings and children to care for, and others have limited to no internet connection to complete required coursework.
The Washington Post
March 16, 2020 Student Success
Amidst the confusion and chaos following school closures and shifts to online schooling due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many students are struggling to find housing and meals. Alumni and current students who can offer a helping hand have been using crowdsourcing and other online resources to build a platform where supplies and resources can be found.