As the increase in infections, hospitalizations, and deaths from the Delta variant of COVID-19 have ramped up over the past six weeks, it’s clear this pandemic will continue until we are able to reach herd immunity through vaccinations. The stories of sickness and death are horrendous. What’s even worse is that most of the people who are getting sick are unvaccinated. There’s no excuse for ignoring the science, none whatsoever.
The National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) provides enrollment reporting from colleges and universities that educate approximately 97% of all college students. Several times a year, they issue reports utilizing the aggregated data submitted by its institutional members. Last week, the NSC issued a report about college student persistence that looks at the enrollment and re-enrollment data from the Fall 2019 first-time freshmen.
On the cover of the July 2021 Journal of Accountancy (a publication of the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants or AICPA) is an illustration of a few multi-colored college graduation caps along with the headline and subtitle: “Education expenses – Expert discusses student loans, savings tips, and making plans in a changing environment.” The cover article, a question-and-answer interview of college planning expert Ross Riskin by senior editor Dave Strausfeld, seems timely given that many college tuition bills are sent out around July 1 each year.
In a recently published Wall Street Journal article, Chip Cutter writes that it took months for the transition required to coordinate bosses and employees working remotely. Mr. Cutter also noted that it may be even longer before employers and employees adjust to working together again.
In a Strada Education Network article, “What Will Reconnect Disrupted Learners to Education?,” Paul Fain writes that the number of learners whose education was disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic a year ago but who intended to return to education within six months has decreased.
With the number of COVID-19 infections decreasing thanks to masking and vaccinations, many governors have released the mask usage and other restrictions that kept many of us at home since last March.
During the pandemic, I’ve followed a number of articles and papers that discuss the potential impact if companies/institutions allow a substantial portion of their workers to continue to work from home. Among the suggested outcomes are that demand for commercial office space will shrink and people will move out of the cities since commuting time is no longer an issue.
Pandemic to Permanent – Another Prognostication of Higher Ed Changes Accelerated Due to the Pandemic
May 1 was the date that many colleges required accepted applicants to indicate their commitment to attend for the coming 2021-22 school year. It must have also been the date for predictions on higher ed trends and changes.
In an opinion piece published by Higher Ed Dive, Denison University president Adam Weinberg writes that there are five higher education trends being accelerated by the pandemic.
It’s been a year since most U.S. colleges and businesses shifted to an online, study from home or work from home mode in order to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Our work and home lives were disrupted, and it’s safe to say that until the country reaches the herd immunity level, our disrupted state will continue.