MCCA This Week: May 8, 2020

This Week
May 8, 2020

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Today's This Week is 1,019 words, about a 8.1–minute read.

U.S. Education News

  • The Department of Education announced the final Title IX regulations, which will be effective August 14, 2020. The regulations come after the proposed rules were published in November 2018 and received over 124,000 public comments. Several higher education groups, including ACCT had asked the Department to delay publishing and implementation of the rules until after the COVID-19 pandemic. (U.S. Department of Education)
  • New rules negotiated by the U.S. Education Department rolling back regulations for colleges on distance learning are set to kick in July 1. (Education Dive)
  • A new report emphasizes what community college advocates have known for a long time: part-time students don’t have the same success rates as full-time students. (National Student Clearinghouse Research Center)
  • Tuesday's episode of “The Daily” exposed inequalities among university students. (The New York Times)

Conversations about COVID-19

  • This week, the Coronavirus Higher Education Industry Briefing shows that coronavirus conversations are becoming the new normal; conversation about the pandemic is decreasing. Top conversation topics for this week included community college, Zoom University, and President Trump. (Campus Sonar Brain Waves Blog)
  • One in six high school seniors report they definitely or most likely will alter their plans to enroll in college in the fall in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak (16% say they plan to take a gap year). Fewer than 3% of first-time college students previously took a gap year. (The Hechinger Report)
  • The Community College Research Center looks at enrollment trends in the Great Recession as a lens to view the impacts of COVID-19 on community college enrollments. (Community College Daily)
  • Block scheduling might be a solution for fall. The approach limits exposure of student and teachers, reduces classroom sanitization needs and frees up faculty to pursue research during the blocks they aren't teaching. (Inside Higher Ed)
  • The pandemic is changing the way exams are taken but also changing how schools think about the very concept of testing. (Vox)
  • Using Wi-Fi ready college parking lots is now a way of life for students with limited or no internet access. (Inside Higher Ed)
  • While this may be a time of much uncertainty, what’s certain is that prospective students are aware and shaping their opinions of colleges through our social media advertising. (Inside Higher Ed)

Missouri News

  • The Missouri Senate is trying to protect funding for public colleges and universities from the budget ax, and is proposing to keep the funding intact for next year. The House proposes to cut the funding 10%. (The Associated Press)
  • Missouri’s Show Me Strong Recovery Plan is based on four guiding principles. Visit the website for guidelines, resources, and frequently asked questions for businesses, communities, and citizens as part of the strategic reopening of the economy.

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College Headlines

  • Crowder College had nine students place in the annual Phi Beta Lambda State Leadership competition. This year’s participants competed virtually. Five of these students earned the opportunity to compete in the national event in June. (CC News)
  • According to data provided by the University of Missouri, in 2017, East Central College transfer students at Mizzou had an average grade point average of 3.59 after a full academic year, and in the 2018 fall semester the GPA was 3.62 after a full year. (ECC News)
  • The St. Charles Community College English Language and Culture Institute received its five-year initial accreditation from the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation. SCC is the only community college in Missouri with this honor. (SCC News)
  • The St. Charles Community College Health Information Management program recently received their accreditation through The Council on Accreditation of Health Informatics and Information Management programs. (SCC News)
  • State Fair Community College has announced every high school student in SFCC’s tax district who earned their diploma this spring will receive one three-credit hour class tuition-free for the 2020 summer session. (SFCC News)
  • The Three Rivers College Championship College Rodeo held October 3-5, 2019, recently received the honor of being named 2019-2020 Rodeo of the Year by members of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association’s Ozark Region. (TRC News)

Alumni Spotlight

  • Ozarks Technical Community College graduate Jeff Atkinson is one of more than 100,000 respiratory therapists in the U.S. fighting the coronavirus. A 2011 graduate and former adjunct instructor of OTC’s Respiratory Therapy Program, Jeff says the coronavirus is unlike any disease he’s seen before. (OTC Blog)

A Look Ahead

  • The deadline for MCCA's Annual Recognition and Excellence Awards is extended to Monday, May 11. This is a challenging time, but individuals and institutions are playing a vital role to help Missourians withstand the COVID-19 pandemic. We want to make sure you have time to share your story. (Looking for the Senior Service and Governor's Excellence in Teaching submission form? Go here.)
  • Join Commissioner Zora Mulligan from the Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development, and Director Rob Dixon with the Missouri Department of Economic Development, for a MCCA Town Hall, Wednesday, May 13 at 10:45 a.m. CST. Register here.

Stuff We're Clicking On

Don't forget – it’s Mother’s Day on Sunday. Celebrating mom physically distant? Try watching one of these 12 great movies about moms, from the heartwarming to the truly bizarre.

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