Let me be honest for a second.
At a time when we are more connected than ever, being “cyber smart” is of the utmost importance for higher education. This year has already seen more than a fair share of attacks and breaches, including the SolarWinds and Kaseya breaches as well as high-profile attacks on the Colonial Pipeline and other critical infrastructure.
The COVID-19 pandemic changed the way students viewed higher education forever, and while the country may be reopened, students don’t necessarily want everything going back to the way it was. In some cases, students hope certain changes resulting from the pandemic will never change.
Over the past few years, mental health awareness has become an increasing priority within higher education. With no shortage of problems running anywhere from depression and anxiety to much more serious issues like food insecurity, self-harm, drug abuse and more, administrators are doubling down on hiring social workers, psychiatrists and other mental health professionals to combat the rampant issues at institutions.
Close your eyes and think back to your college experience. What if, instead of taking your Calculus 101 class in an overstuffed, 500-person lecture hall with a professor barely audible from the top row, you could instead take that same class from the comforts of an AirBnB on Miami Beach.
The human resources department has long owned the employee experience within higher ed, taking responsibility for employee satisfaction. But as the future of work moves towards an asynchronous environment, IT is now playing an increasing role in improving employee satisfaction.
Fall enrollment in 2021 across most institutions is on the decline. Data from the National Student Clearinghouse indicated in a recent report there has been a 3.5% decline in enrollment year over year. While total enrollment has reached historic lows, interestingly several institutions have reported that this year’s incoming freshman class is projected to be larger than any other in recent history. Institutions such as The University of Houston, The University of Dayton in Ohio, Old Dominion and others are showing encouraging trends toward growing enrollment.
College football is just around the corner and that means it’s the start of a new year for college athletics. As athletic programs across the country adjust to the new realities of name, image and likeness, student-athletes are anxious to understand how to take advantage of NIL without jeopardizing their scholarship.
While this fall will mark a return to the classroom for many, remote learning is expected to be part of higher education learning in both the near and long-term. Specifically, lower income students that don’t otherwise have consistent access to transportation will be drawn by the allure that remote learning has to offer. It allows low-income students to better balance the demands of work, their education and other potential familial demands that most other students don’t face.
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