MCCA This Week: February 26


This Week
February 26, 2021

As President Gerald Ford said in 1976 when he officially recognized Black History Month, we need to "seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history."

Over the past four weeks, we've used our social media channels to share the stories and contributions of the Black community in academia. From a man born a slave who established Lincoln University to the second Black woman to practice law in Missouri and lead the national NAACP, it has been an eye-opening month.

We hope this series shares how representation matters and celebrating BHM is an excellent way to work toward that goal. Although the annual observance comes to a close at the end of the month, our ongoing work to engage in meaningful conversations on real issues continues. Here's how:

  • Diversity and inclusion are more than business buzzwords or human resources initiatives for MCCA. Among the ways we foster diversity and a culture of inclusivity is through the MCCA Councils. Get involved with the MCCA Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council by contacting Keith Fuller at [email protected].
  • Our professional development offerings include the exchange of ideas and perspectives to learn about various cultures and ideologies:
  • We recognize that diversity, equity, and inclusion is not a destination, but an ongoing process that requires constant attention, dedication, and reflection. That's why this year's MCCA Annual Convention features an entire program track dedicated to DEI, from supporting staff and faculty to responding to campus issues and student needs.

Today's This Week is 769 words, about a 5.9–minute read.


U.S. Education News

  • If your institution expects life to return to normal post-pandemic, disappointment lies ahead. (Inside Higher Ed)
  • Amid ongoing discussion and action to consolidate the state's colleges and universities, the Community College System of New Hampshire has expressed support for the transition. (
  • A change in federal law has made more students temporarily eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). (Inside Higher Ed)
  • Remote work is being classified as an “uber trend” in higher education. (EdSurge)
  • Pearson has published editorial guidelines addressing race, ethnicity, equity, and inclusion, becoming one of the first major textbook publishers to make such guidelines publicly available. (Inside Higher Ed)

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Missouri News

  • An additional 550,000 Missouri residents will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine on March 15. Phase 1B, Tier 3 vaccinates “critical infrastructure,” including teachers, child care workers, government officials, food and agriculture employees, energy employees, and more. (Columbia Missourian)
  • Missouri just made the top 10 on a less-than-desirable list: the worst states for distracted driving. (WhistleOut)
  • Missouri has reported fewer than 1,000 COVID cases per day for nearly two weeks. (FOX 2)

College Headlines

  • For the fifth consecutive year, the Jefferson College Xi Zeta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa international honor society has been named a national REACH chapter for bringing the benefits and opportunities of PTK participation by increasing membership. (JC News)
  • Women make up just five percent of the welding workforce. But a new generation of women welders is working against that trend, including Ozarks Technical Community College Career Center student, Bethannie Novak. (OTC Blog)
  • Orvin T. Kimbrough, chairman and CEO of Midwest BankCentre, helped secure a $20,000 donation from Midwest BankCentre to help jumpstart St. Charles Community College’s new Men of Color: Student Success Program. (SCC News)
  • The State Fair Community College Foundation has announced it has received a grant from the Sunderland Foundation for $500,000. These funds will be used to help build SFCC’s new Olen Howard Workforce Innovation Center that will expand the college’s capacity to meet the growing demand for technical workforce training and strengthen the communities it serves. (SFCC News)
  • Metropolitan Community College’s Board of Trustees has approved a new tuition model that will eliminate most course fees and reduce the cost of some workforce programs, including nursing and utility lineman. (MCC News)
  • Harry Fiebelman, adjunct instructor in the baking and pastry arts program at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park, is one of seven competitors chosen for Food Network’s Easter Basket Challenge, which premieres March 1 at 9 p.m. CST. (STLCC News)

Stuff We're Clicking On

  • A year in, we're all still trying to figure out the best home-office setup. One company has the solution: Trampolines.
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