For faculty and leaders at colleges and universities,
resources on protecting and supporting students, continuing
education online and managing other challenges resulting from the
This panel explored how P-12 teachers are essential to not only
student learning but also postsecondary education and the
workforce – and how teacher shortages can threaten state
economies in the long run.
Many students persevered despite pandemic hurdles to starting or
staying in college. This webinar shared strategies that hold
promise for the longer-term to increase support for the students
who need it most.
Panelists from the University System of Georgia and Huron
explored how to structure administrative services
to maximize resources to invest in academic, research,
community and student missions. They also discussed how to
determine the cost effectiveness and impact of services for
students, faculty and other constituencies
During this webinar, participants explored bringing about
administrative efficiencies while protecting the academic core in
the long run, aligning faculty effort with both mission and
financial viability, and understanding the full costs of
delivering academic and other programs and administrative
This opening session of the series provided an overview of the
systemic challenges colleges and universities already faced that
have become more pronounced because of the pandemic. During this
session, participants learned about emerging trends in the
wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and case studies of transformative
approaches that address near-term challenges and long-term
Colleges and universities have had to rethink the way they engage students during the COVID-19 pandemic, from enrollment through graduation. Hear about innovative practices from student affairs leaders at the University of North Carolina System and Lincoln University of Missouri.
In April, my mom called me with the news that my high school
chemistry teacher, Mr. Metcalfe, who was rounding out his 42nd
year of teaching, had died from COVID-19. I knew him from class,
of course, but I also went to school with his son for 13
years and his family attended my grandparent’s church.
He was respected, loved and honored for his excellent teaching.
His funeral was an all-day parade of cars through the high school
parking lot, where community members waved and shouted
condolences to his family. My mom said the cars stretched down
the street for miles.
One in five college students today
is a parent, and yet they remain a largely
invisible population. The vast majority of institutions do
not track parenting status and therefore do not know how many
student parents they have at any given time. Postsecondary
success for these students is critical and far-reaching: when a
student parent earns their degree, it has ripple effects that
span two generations, impacting the parent’s employment
opportunities and lifetime earnings potential, along with their
child’s chances for achieving academic and career success.
A new Higher Education Recovery Task Force will convene higher
education leaders from the 16 Southern Regional Education Board
states to address the challenges facing colleges, universities
and students during the COVID-19 pandemic and recovery.
The sudden onset and rapid spread of the coronavirus has caused
many sudden changes to student and family finances. At the
same time, students may not have the same level access to
counselors and advisers that they did prior to social distancing.
Yet research shows that students and their families know very
little about their right to appeal financial aid awards as well
as the process for doing so.
The global COVID-19 pandemic hit
campuses across the country in the blink of an eye. In rapid
succession, campuses closed, courses moved online, and our
lives—personally and professionally—were permanently altered.
Things are tough for college
students right now. The COVID-19 crisis, which has disrupted life
everywhere, is “quite possibly the single most disruptive event
in American higher education in at least a half century,”
according to the Atlantic, one that has “left students scrambling
to wrangle flights home and pack up their dorm room.”
Midwestern Higher Education Compact offers a list of cooperative
purchasing contracts available to higher education (public
and private not-for-profit), K-12 districts and
schools, cities, counties and local subdivisions, andstate
the Food Pantry – The Hope Center has created this
guide to help colleges support students during
Emergency Meals-to-You -A
national effort coordinated by the Baylor
University Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty with support
from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to
distribute food boxes to students in rural counties while
schools are closed.
With colleges and schools closed for COVID-19, state leaders will
need to act quickly to keep 60,000 teacher-candidates on track to
graduate and enter the workforce in Southern states next
year. SREB convened college of education and K-12 leaders from
five states to discuss barriers and share ideas, and a
brief recommends short-term policy changes.