MCCA This Week: July 31, 2020

This Week
July 31, 2020

Hi there! Remember us? We’ve been a bit distracted staring at our day planner wondering how it’s July 31 And speaking of planners — remember last month when we said this month we’d let you know about MCCA2020? Unfortunately, we’re still working through things (thanks a lot, Covid!), but the announcement will be well worth the wait. Promise! Next week we’ll have breakout sessions on the website for your viewing pleasure.

A few more updates on our end:

  • The rumors are true! We’re giving away 10 Gift Cards over the next 5 weeks. Is your name Fran Moore or John Matthews? Because if it is, congrats! You’re this week’s winners. Not Fran Moore or John Matthews, you’ve still got four weeks to win, and entering is easy. Login to your MCCA Online Member Profile and update all the attributes via the My Account tab on the main menu bar. Then enter your name here and we'll pick two random winners each week and announce them every Tuesday on our social channels.
  • Last month we asked what resources would help employees within your college have authentic and courageous conversations about recent events to support each other's well-being. The results (below) from this poll will guide us as we build out our upcoming DEI webinar (details coming soon).
  • 56% Unconscious bias

  • 22% Anti-racism

  • 11% Conscious leadership

  • 11% Affinity groups 

PS: If you’re not following us on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram, you’re missing out on other prizes (FREE socks!) and quality content like this, this, and this (but really, what is St. Louis barbecue?).

We’ll return to our regularly scheduled weekly emails in just a few short weeks.


Today's This Week is 603 words, about a 4.8–minute read.

Conversations about COVID-19

  • Since the pandemic began, the Community College Research Center has been thinking about COVID-19's many impacts on community colleges. Here, you'll find a roundup of our coronavirus-related blog posts and media mentions, which cover topics including the pandemic's influence on enrollment, funding, and the student experience. (CCRC)

U.S. Education News

  • Community colleges are seeing an uptick in admissions, but many students are unaware that not all of their credits are transferable to four-year institutions. Members of the Tackling Transfer Policy Advisory Board say more effort is needed to clarify degree and career paths. (Diverse: Issues In Higher Education)
  • The White House has released its long-awaited ad campaign, "Find Something New," as an effort to encourage people who are unemployed or unsatisfied in their current occupation to find a pathway to a new job or career. (Ad Council)
  • Some community colleges are seeing a big surge in dual enrollments that is likely due to the coronavirus pandemic. (CC Daily)

Missouri News

  • The University of Missouri system’s Board of Curators voted unanimously to merge the roles of the University of Missouri System President and the University of Missouri Chancellor. (The Kansas City Star)
  • A report this week by a White House coronavirus task force added Missouri to 21 states considered in the “red zone” for new COVID-19 cases. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

College Headlines

  • Thanks to a new agreement between Ozarks Technical Community College and Southwest Baptist University, OTC paramedic graduates will have the opportunity to seamlessly transfer into SBU’s Associate of Science in Nursing program. (OTC News)

  • East Central College is continuing its collaboration with the state to offer several FastTrack training programs developed to assist area residents who are receiving unemployment benefits. (Phelps County Focus)

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