MCCA This Week: June 12, 2020

This Week
June 12, 2020

This month did not begin how we may have envisioned. Protestors across the country have taken to the streets in response to the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota. America is mourning. Our institutions have the opportunity to lead. For Diverse: Issues In Higher Education, Dr. Brandon C. M. Allen makes four recommendations higher education should consider enacting.

On this journey, we invite you to view our April 2018 webcastToward Inclusive Excellence with Dr. Kevin McDonald. At the time of the recording, Dr. McDonald served as the chief diversity officer and vice chancellor for inclusion, diversity, and equity at the University of Missouri System and the University of Missouri. He is now the University of Virginia’s Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Additionally, we are building out a special online session featuring diversity, equity, and inclusion leaders at community colleges and universities across the U.S. Panelists will cover a wide-range of topics to dismantle racism in our communities and organizations. Save the date for Wednesday, July 8 at 11:15 a.m.

In closing, you can view official statements on racial violence and injustice from the American Association of Community Colleges, the Association of Community College Trustees, and MCCA.

Today's This Week is 1,202 words, about a 9.6–minute read.

Conversations about COVID-19

  • In this podcast episode of Office Hours with EAB, Paul Fain, news editor at Inside Higher Ed, shares the COVID-19 stories that have gotten the most attention and the stories we should expect to see soon. (EAB)
  • For weeks, no one could predict the effects of the coronavirus on colleges. The future remains uncertain, but many faculty and staff members are already feeling the brunt of the pandemic's impact(The Chronicle)
  • Many community colleges already have disbursed aid from the federal CARES Act relief package to their students. Leaders said they are grateful for the support, but also that it's not enough money, and that federal guidance on how to distribute the funds—or lack thereof—made it difficult to move quickly. (Inside Higher Ed)
  • Around 28% of college career services offices are planning for their institutions to have a mix of in-person and online operations in the fall before reopening fully in the spring. (Education Dive)
  • Here's a look at common sentiments among the class of 2020 at the beginning stages of the COVID-19 outbreak and how they're feeling now as they look to the future. (HigherEdJobs)
  • The COVID-19 pandemic may prompt an enrollment bump in community colleges, as four-year students opt to take less expensive classes closer to home. (The Chronicle)
  • Although many four-year colleges have transitioned to pass/fail grading systems during the COVID-19 pandemic, community colleges have hesitated to follow suit, fearing that the new policy will hurt students who seek to transfer and earn a bachelor's degree. (Charlotte Observer)

U.S. Education News

  • The COVID-19 pandemic, upsurge in unemployment, and social unrest are leading to soul-searching among community college leaders on how they can best serve their students and communities. (CC Daily)
  • The protests against police brutality have prompted some community colleges to examine how they train aspiring police officers(The Wall Street Journal)
  • Just 30% of community college students end up transferring to a four-year institution even though they have met the requirements to transfer. (The Hechinger Report)

Missouri News

  • The Office of Performance and Strategy and Missouri Economic Research and Information Center have recently released short-term projections for Missouri, Kansas City and St. Louis. Did you know that the fastest growing occupation in Missouri is Personal Care Aides with projected growth of 4,388 jobs over the 3 year period, a 6.4% increase, and an average annual wage of $23,020? (MODHEWD)
  • Missouri had the 6th lowest cost of living in the U.S. for 2020. (MODHEWD)
  • The Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development’s Journey to College initiative works to increase college access and affordability and help Missouri students plan for the future. Their annual Journey to College Day will be held virtually on Tuesday, July 28, from 9:00-11:30 a.m. and 1:00-3:00 p.m. with a break for lunch. (MODHEWD)
  • Governor Parson announced that Missouri will fully reopen and enter Phase 2 of its “Show Me Strong Recovery” Plan on Tuesday, June 16. (KMBC-TV)

College Headlines

  • After more than a decade of service to Jefferson College and our surrounding community, Dr. Ray Cummiskey is preparing to retire at the end of June as the second longest serving president in the College’s history. (JC News)
  • Metropolitan Community College Chancellor Kimberly Beatty has been elected to a three-year term on the American Association of Community Colleges board. She is one of six new college representatives, elected by AACC membership in February. (CC Daily)
  • While students, faculty, and staff have been working remotely due to COVID-19, St. Charles Community College Campus Police officer, Brandon Misher's day-to-day has changed as well. (SCC News)
  • Covenant House Missouri and St. Louis Community College have received a three-year grant totaling $1.16 million from the U.S. Department of Labor to diminish the barriers underserved individuals face in accessing education, training and employment. (U.S. Department of Labor)
  • Jefferson College Director of Library Services and Coordinator of Government Documents, Lisa Pritchard, has been appointed as one of five new members to the Depository Library Council for the U.S. Government Publishing Office’s Federal Depository Library Program. (U.S. Government Publishing Office)
  • Metropolitan Community College received a $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a distance-learning program that will train rural high school students in precision machining, a high-demand career field. (Gladstone Dispatch)
  • St. Charles Community College will distribute $1.3 million in federal emergency financial aid grants to qualifying students through the CARES Act. (SCC News)

Stuff We're Clicking On

  • There's more than one Independence Day in the U.S. June 19, 1865 is celebrated as Juneteenth to commemorate the ending of slavery across the nation. Here's what you should know about the historic event.
  • Often our only interaction with the outside world is through video calls. Use these peaceful virtual backgrounds to lighten the mood. Hopefully they make your day a little brighter.
  • The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis is offering complimentary webinar training for instructors who teach economics and related courses on two no-cost resources that can aid in distance and face-to-face teaching.
  • Merriam-Webster is updating its definition of the word "racism." The word now has three entries.

That's all, folks! If you've got something to share, we want to hear from you. Drop us a line: [email protected]. Share your good news or something you're thinking about. We're back with a new issue of This Week on Friday, June 26. Until then, here's a few other things to keep in mind:

  • Registration for the MCCA Annual Convention opens Wednesday, June 24. Keep an eye out for more information coming from the MCCA Convention Team in the coming weeks.
  • Also on Wednesday, June 24, we're hosting an informative webinar on the U.S. Department of Education's new Title IX regulations. Send any questions you would like answered to [email protected].
  • Father's Day is Sunday, June 21. What are you getting for the dad in your life? We need ideas...
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