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Out of Work, Uncertain About the Future

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2020-04-21 17:15

Lilah Burke, Inside Higher Ed

A new survey suggests more than 60 percent of Americans have lost income amid the pandemic and recession. Those seeking more education are looking online.  These results are the second weekly batch in a multiweek longitudinal study. The share of respondents who have lost income is up 15 percentage points from the previous week’s results. Strada’s data suggest that degrees and credentials are not insulating Americans from the economic effects of the pandemic. Two-thirds of associate or vocational degree holders and 63 percent of bachelor’s degree holders reported lost income, compared to only 54 percent of participants with some college experience but no degree.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2020/04/09/americans-are-losing-income-and-preferring-online-education

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How do you manage college online — quarantined with eight people?

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2020-04-21 17:10

Meredith Kolodner, Hechinger Report

For many students, the switch from the classroom to studying at home is mostly a disorienting inconvenience. They miss their friends, their freedom and learning from a human being instead of a screen, but their chances of graduating are unlikely to change.For low-income students, though, the situation can be dire. Earning a degree is challenging in the best of circumstances — graduation rates for low-income students have remained stubbornly low for decades.

https://hechingerreport.org/how-do-you-manage-college-online-quarantined-with-eight-people/

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Moody’s: Higher ed’s recovery from coronavirus impact partly depends on government response

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2020-04-21 17:05

Natalie Schwartz, Education Dive

How state and federal governments respond to the coronavirus pandemic could make it harder for U.S. universities to recover from the economic fallout of the crisis, according to new research from Moody’s Investors Service.  If the U.S. does not quickly stem the outbreak, international students will likely be wary of coming here for their education, the analysts write. The nation’s public universities are also at a higher risk of declining government support than are foreign institutions.  The report is yet another dire prediction that the pandemic will cause the U.S. higher education sector to struggle in the 2021 fiscal year and beyond.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/moodys-higher-eds-recovery-from-coronavirus-impact-partly-depends-on-gov/575749/

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Out of Work, Uncertain About the Future

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2020-04-21 17:03

Lilah Burke, Inside Higher Ed

A new survey suggests more than 60 percent of Americans have lost income amid the pandemic and recession. Those seeking more education are looking online.  These results are the second weekly batch in a multiweek longitudinal study. The share of respondents who have lost income is up 15 percentage points from the previous week’s results. Strada’s data suggest that degrees and credentials are not insulating Americans from the economic effects of the pandemic. Two-thirds of associate or vocational degree holders and 63 percent of bachelor’s degree holders reported lost income, compared to only 54 percent of participants with some college experience but no degree.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2020/04/09/americans-are-losing-income-and-preferring-online-education

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It’s time for some frank talk about abrupt college closures

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2020-04-20 17:25

TERESA VALERIO PARROT and ERIN HENNESSY, Hechinger Report

The fallout from coronavirus-driven closings is going to underscore how shortsighted and harmful this attitude is, and it’s going to force presidents’ hands with campus constituencies. Closures are going to be even more shocking because Covid-19 has the potential to wipe out any semblance of a runway or timeline that institutions assume they have before presidents and boards are compelled, finally, to make these critical decisions.

https://hechingerreport.org/opinion-its-time-for-some-frank-talk-about-abrupt-college-closures/

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College presidents anticipate cost cutting, layoffs from coronavirus, survey finds

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2020-04-20 17:20

Jeremy Bauer-Wolf
Almost three quarters of college and university presidents believe staff layoffs will be necessary as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new report from research firm ABC Insights. The survey, which is based on responses from 142 top leaders, shows most intend to “hunker down” and wait for the virus to pass. But more than half predict they will need to cut budgets across the board. Already, colleges’ finances have suffered as many institutions refund student fees and invest in new infrastructure for online learning1

https://www.educationdive.com/news/college-presidents-anticipate-cost-cutting-layoffs-from-coronavirus-surve/575647/

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Distance Education Students Share Online Learning Tips

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2020-04-20 17:15

By Melissa McGowan, Chico State

As the University announced all classes would move to a virtual environment for the rest of the semester, RCE Director Jeff Layne reached out to ask for their help. Within 24 hours, the students produced a series of videos to support other Wildcats with the transition. “I would love to help out my fellow peers! I’ve been reading all of the updates from Chico State and wishing that I could do something,” said senior Ariana Valdivia, who is working toward her liberal studies degree online. “I consider myself an expert of online learning because I’ve been doing schooling online since 10th grade!”

https://today.csuchico.edu/online-learning-tips/

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It’s time for some frank talk about abrupt college closures

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2020-04-20 17:10

TERESA VALERIO PARROT and ERIN HENNESSY, Hechinger Report

The fallout from coronavirus-driven closings is going to underscore how shortsighted and harmful this attitude is, and it’s going to force presidents’ hands with campus constituencies. Closures are going to be even more shocking because Covid-19 has the potential to wipe out any semblance of a runway or timeline that institutions assume they have before presidents and boards are compelled, finally, to make these critical decisions.

https://hechingerreport.org/opinion-its-time-for-some-frank-talk-about-abrupt-college-closures/

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College presidents anticipate cost cutting, layoffs from coronavirus, survey finds

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2020-04-20 17:05

Jeremy Bauer-Wolf
Almost three quarters of college and university presidents believe staff layoffs will be necessary as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new report from research firm ABC Insights. The survey, which is based on responses from 142 top leaders, shows most intend to “hunker down” and wait for the virus to pass. But more than half predict they will need to cut budgets across the board. Already, colleges’ finances have suffered as many institutions refund student fees and invest in new infrastructure for online learning1

https://www.educationdive.com/news/college-presidents-anticipate-cost-cutting-layoffs-from-coronavirus-surve/575647/

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Distance Education Students Share Online Learning Tips

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2020-04-20 17:03

By Melissa McGowan, Chico State

As the University announced all classes would move to a virtual environment for the rest of the semester, RCE Director Jeff Layne reached out to ask for their help. Within 24 hours, the students produced a series of videos to support other Wildcats with the transition. “I would love to help out my fellow peers! I’ve been reading all of the updates from Chico State and wishing that I could do something,” said senior Ariana Valdivia, who is working toward her liberal studies degree online. “I consider myself an expert of online learning because I’ve been doing schooling online since 10th grade!”

https://today.csuchico.edu/online-learning-tips/

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Coronavirus on campus: Strategic and financial considerations for the short and long term

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2020-04-19 17:25

BY LARENDA MIELKE, etal; eCampus News
Institutions will need to make careful decisions in order to maintain operations in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.  As the coronavirus outbreak intensifies, higher education institutions are making difficult decisions about closing campuses and moving courses online. Institutions need to think not only about the current term, but also about potential impacts on strategy and finances into the summer and fall terms.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/2020/04/07/coronavirus-on-campus-strategic/

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Admin and Faculty Address Online Learning Obstacles

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2020-04-19 17:20

Kirby Goodman and Greta Ferdinand, Colgate University Maroon-News

“Without altering our rigorous academic standards, the faculty are working to minimize any disadvantages for students in this online environment,” Wells said. “There’s not a lot that Colgate can do to shape home environments, of course, which is one of the reasons that Colgate granted every request from every student who wished to remain on campus. Colgate also made the decision to refund room and board charges for remote-learning students on financial aid for whom these charges were wholly or partially covered by grant aid; this refundable credit may help students who need to augment internet connectivity at home,” Wells said.

https://thecolgatemaroonnews.com/23380/news/admin-and-faculty-address-online-learning-obstacles/

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One B-School’s Path From Scratch To Online Learning

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2020-04-19 17:15

NATHAN ALLEN, Poets and Quants
At the time the Mason School first announced the beginning of its online MBA program in April of 2015, both USC’s Marshall School of Business and American University’s Kogod School of Business announced online MBA programs in the same month. Suzadail was hired by the Mason School from Syracuse University where she had spent nearly 14 years, first as a program coordinator and eventually the Associate Director of Graduate Distance Learning. Since the launch of the online MBA in 2015, Mason has also launched an online Masters in Business Analytics and is set to launch a brand new online Masters in Marketing this fall.

https://poetsandquants.com/2020/04/06/one-b-schools-path-from-scratch-to-online-learning/?pq-category=business-school-news

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Coronavirus on campus: Strategic and financial considerations for the short and long term

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2020-04-19 17:09

BY LARENDA MIELKE, etal; eCampus News
Institutions will need to make careful decisions in order to maintain operations in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.  As the coronavirus outbreak intensifies, higher education institutions are making difficult decisions about closing campuses and moving courses online. Institutions need to think not only about the current term, but also about potential impacts on strategy and finances into the summer and fall terms.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/2020/04/07/coronavirus-on-campus-strategic/

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Admin and Faculty Address Online Learning Obstacles

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2020-04-19 17:05

Kirby Goodman and Greta Ferdinand, Colgate University Maroon-News

“Without altering our rigorous academic standards, the faculty are working to minimize any disadvantages for students in this online environment,” Wells said. “There’s not a lot that Colgate can do to shape home environments, of course, which is one of the reasons that Colgate granted every request from every student who wished to remain on campus. Colgate also made the decision to refund room and board charges for remote-learning students on financial aid for whom these charges were wholly or partially covered by grant aid; this refundable credit may help students who need to augment internet connectivity at home,” Wells said.

https://thecolgatemaroonnews.com/23380/news/admin-and-faculty-address-online-learning-obstacles/

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One B-School’s Path From Scratch To Online Learning

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2020-04-19 17:03

NATHAN ALLEN, Poets and Quants
At the time the Mason School first announced the beginning of its online MBA program in April of 2015, both USC’s Marshall School of Business and American University’s Kogod School of Business announced online MBA programs in the same month. Suzadail was hired by the Mason School from Syracuse University where she had spent nearly 14 years, first as a program coordinator and eventually the Associate Director of Graduate Distance Learning. Since the launch of the online MBA in 2015, Mason has also launched an online Masters in Business Analytics and is set to launch a brand new online Masters in Marketing this fall.

https://poetsandquants.com/2020/04/06/one-b-schools-path-from-scratch-to-online-learning/?pq-category=business-school-news

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EDUCAUSE COVID-19 QuickPoll Results: Help for Students

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2020-04-18 17:25

Susan Grajek, EDUCAUSE Review

Institutions reported that bandwidth and/or Wi-Fi access is presenting students with the most difficulty, followed by acquiring the devices necessary to support remote learning.2 Most institutions are responding with equipment loans and access to free or very-low-cost services. Institutions report somewhat more students are having difficulty accessing institutional services (with the exception of advising services) than they are transitioning to fully remote learning. Most institutions have developed safety nets for students who need food, housing, and/or financial help. The particular types of support options available to students vary by institutional type.

https://er.educause.edu/blogs/2020/4/educause-covid-19-quickpoll-results-help-for-students

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The Difference Between Emergency Remote Teaching and Online Learning

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2020-04-18 17:20

Charles Hodges, etal; EDUCAUSE Review

Well-planned online learning experiences are meaningfully different from courses offered online in response to a crisis or disaster. Colleges and universities working to maintain instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic should understand those differences when evaluating this emergency remote teaching.

https://er.educause.edu/articles/2020/3/the-difference-between-emergency-remote-teaching-and-online-learning

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Why does it suddenly feel like 1999 on the internet?

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2020-04-18 17:15

Tanya Basu and Karen Hao, MIT Technology Review

The coronavirus pandemic has turned back the clock to a kinder time on the web, before the novelty of virtual connection wore off. It’s like turning the clock back to a more earnest time on the web, when the novelty of having a voice or being able to connect with anyone still filled us with a sense of boundless opportunity and optimism. It harkens back to the late 1990s and early 2000s—before social media, before smartphones—when going online was still a valuable use of time to seek community.

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/615442/why-does-it-suddenly-feel-like-1999-on-the-internet/

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EDUCAUSE COVID-19 QuickPoll Results: Help for Students

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2020-04-18 17:10

Susan Grajek, EDUCAUSE Review

Institutions reported that bandwidth and/or Wi-Fi access is presenting students with the most difficulty, followed by acquiring the devices necessary to support remote learning.2 Most institutions are responding with equipment loans and access to free or very-low-cost services. Institutions report somewhat more students are having difficulty accessing institutional services (with the exception of advising services) than they are transitioning to fully remote learning. Most institutions have developed safety nets for students who need food, housing, and/or financial help. The particular types of support options available to students vary by institutional type.

https://er.educause.edu/blogs/2020/4/educause-covid-19-quickpoll-results-help-for-students

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