MCCA This Week: May 15, 2020

This Week
May 15, 2020

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Today's This Week is 910 words, about a 7.3–minute read.

U.S. Education News

  • The Department of Education posted a document addressing common questions that have been asked by postsecondary institutions in light of COVID-19 regarding compliance with federal civil rights laws. (U.S. Department of Education)
  • "Until recently, I was told that too much work couldn’t be done remotely, and that people couldn’t be trusted. As we start to draw up plans for returning, I hope we don’t forget what we’ve learned while we were away." (Inside Higher Ed)

Conversations about COVID-19

  • In the final days of this most unusual college term, the last virtual day of class offered some a chance to reflect, say goodbye, and even shed a tear or two. (EdSurge)
  • Many colleges are surveying their students about what's working and what isn't when it comes to virtual teaching. Beyond gathering data for post-mortems for the unexpected and unconventional spring term, schools are also looking for ways to improve online instruction should the pandemic force campuses to remain shuttered in the fall. (Education Dive)
  • From assessing space at facilities on campus in order to set social distancing guidelines, to developing plans to clean rooms between classes, community college leaders meeting remotely this week shared their plans for the summer and fall as colleges prepare to start at least some in-person classes this fall. (CC Daily)
  • About 5% fewer students renewed their FAFSA for the upcoming academic year by mid-April than had done so a year ago. (Education Dive)

Missouri News

  • The House Budget Committee passed HB 2003, which will appropriate money for public higher education institutions and the Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development. HB 2003 now heads to Governor Parson’s desk.
  • Census results shape the future of communities, as census data informs how billions of dollars in federal funds are distributed for health clinics, school lunch programs, disaster recovery initiatives, and other critical programs and services for the next 10 years. St. Charles County leads Missouri with a response rate of 76.2% followed by Christian County (73.2%) and Cass County (69.2%).
  • The amendment of SB 600 would modify and remove provisions relating to concealed firearms. As it pertains to higher education, the amendment would allow a person to carry a concealed weapon at a public institution if they have a valid concealed carry permit and the consent of a member of the governing body of the institution. The legislation is currently laid over for third reading in the House.

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College Headlines

  • Happy graduation to college grads across Missouri! In a collective effort, 2-year and 4-year public and private institutions came together to digitally celebrate the significant milestone. #MOCelebratesGrads
  • Two months ago, Ozarks Technical Community College student Ondi Burns was halfway through the final semester of a culinary arts degree and weeks away from opening a new restaurant. (Springfield News-Leader)
  • The new Ozarks Technical Community College Republic Center is three months from opening, and James Ackerman has been named director of the center. (Springfield News-Leader)
  • Ozarks Technical Community College was among a group of experts and practitioners brought together to discuss the challenges rural students face in pursuing education beyond high school—as well as innovative solutions that can support them on that path. (The Aspen Institute)

A Look Ahead

  • We're excited to welcome back Joel Goldberg, host on FOX Sports Kansas City, and MCCA19's keynote speaker, for a virtual wellbeing session: The Tough Times with Passion, Fundamentals & Purpose on Thursday, May 21 at 1:15 p.m. CST. Register »

Stuff We're Clicking On

  • Every spring, locals and travelers flock to the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve to marvel at the blooming sea of wildflowers, most well-known for the bright orange poppy. Since this year nature-lovers can’t physically visit the poppies, NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center captured and shared satellite images of the spectacle.
  • Too many video meetings can begin to wear people down and create negative associations with the practice and its moderators. Here are some alternatives.
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