During a tough economy, many people seek out additional education and training to retool their skills. That's not the case this time around.
Bridget Terry Long, dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, weighs in on today's pandemic-driven recession and how colleges and policymakers can respond to reverse the enrollment declines that now threaten the higher education sector.
Adam Kouraimi remembers the satisfaction of receiving his first college report card in prison about four years ago. He'd been incarcerated since age 15. Growing up, getting good grades seemed like the stuff of legends. In prison, he says education became his "saving grace."
Kouraimi, 35, is now out of prison and working toward his bachelor's degree in digital media production. Kouraimi is part of a new pilot program at Eastern Michigan University that helps people pursue college and navigate the complexities of life after incarceration.
Throughout the pandemic, a student at Broward College has been riding a bike to his job and then going to Dunkin’ Donuts after work to use the restaurant’s internet for classes. His situation demonstrates how inequities like limited access to transportation or technology get in the way of success in school—and how COVID-19 has made it harder for the most vulnerable students.
Broward College President Gregory Haile shares how wraparound services—transportation, food pantries, laptops, and more—can provide a much-needed safety net to help struggling students complete their education.
When the coronavirus pandemic shuttered Central Ohio Technical College's Newark campus in March, administrators found themselves needing to rethink everything. They had to quickly adapt and adjust—and come up with flexible learning options for today's students.
Moving forward, some of those adjustments may become permanent for COTC and other Ohio colleges.