“What this means is that the American Dream for many low-income students has been deferred, perhaps permanently. Young people not born to well-off families will not surpass their parents in income and home ownership, they will not surge into promising careers, and they will not trust the American system to do right by them.”
As you have noticed, American higher education has just gone through a period of cataclysmic change. Can you think of another four-year period when colleges have removed the names of their slave-holding founders from buildings, and when students have been expected to continue to pay full tuition while attending classes remotely?
Those are only two of the changes we have seen, some of which we have come to accept as a new and normal way of educating students. They are very big changes.
“Doubts about Going to College,” an article that Scott Jaschik published in Inside Higher Ed on December 3, 2020, reports the findings of a survey of 528 students that was conducted by Lane Terriliver, a marketing and advertising agency in the educational sector.
The study, “The Pandemic’s Impact on Higher Education Marketing in 2020 and Beyond,” is a real eye-opener for all of us in higher ed. Read more
You’re eager to get back to campus, or to have your sons or daughters do so. But do you know which campus activities on are the most likely to expose campus residents to the coronavirus?
We thought we knew. But apparently, we did not know everything. When we reviewed “Coronavirus Disease 19: vid Considerations for Institutions of Higher Education,” a list of campus danger spots and activities that was recently published online by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we found some surprises. Because we want you and your students to be safe on college campuses, we recommend you this advisory. Read more
Everyone who works at a college or university today is aware that seismic changes are taking place in the makeup of student bodies. Plus, more changes are on the horizon.
In today’s post, we would like to point to four trends that are affecting student bodies at colleges and universities across the United States. Please be aware that we are not passing judgment on any of the developments we will mention below. These trends could be ethically bad or good, but we are leaving it up to you to determine that.
. . . We Need to Inspire Them Too
Critical parents have been saying lots of things about their sons and daughters who have been attending classes at home during the Covid-19 pandemic. They’re bored. They’re unmotivated. They’re frightened. They’re angry.
And let’s face it. They have every right to be every one of those things. Wouldn’t you be too, if you were young and your entire world became unfamiliar and frightening? Wouldn’t your belief that the world is an inherently good place have been shaken? We believe it would have, and that you would be entirely justified in feeling pessimistic. Read more
Are you, like thousands of other college students, waiting to get the word that classes are about to start again on campus?
That will be an exciting day. But even though you are eager to get to campus, we would like to ask you . . .
You’re Taking Classes Remotely . . . Should You Take SAT and ACT Prep Classes Online Too?
This has been a dream year for people who dislike standardized tests.
Across America, colleges and universities have dropped the requirement that applicants take the SAT or the ACT. They’ve become what was once called “test-optional.” The story is reflected in headlines like these: Read more
We are going to start today’s post by asking you a question.
Can you identify the following college, based on the information we provide below? This college:
- Accepts more than 60% of all applicants
- Has seen a dramatic reduction in the number of foreign students it has enrolled
- Offers financial aid to more than 70% of the students it accepts
- Has a shrinking endowment
- Has a difficult time raising money from alumni
- Is continuing to build costly new buildings and campus facilities in the hope of attracting more students
All across America, students have been waiting eagerly to start college or return to the campuses they love. Some of them are lucky enough to have their schools welcome them to campus. But as soon as students are starting to arrive, some of them have wasted no time in making the mistake of heading off to parties on or off campus. Read more