Paul Quinn College, a historically Black college in southern Dallas, has interwoven mental health awareness into its foundation as the small school aims to recruit students from areas often overlooked by other colleges.
Counselors at the campus clinic don’t wait for students to reach out. Instead, they make their presence known and identify needs early on. Many of the 680 students at Paul Quinn College come from historically underserved communities, some of which are plagued with gun violence or high poverty rates.
Currently, Congress is considering an amendment to the Bipartisan Innovation Act that would expand Pell Grant eligibility to programs as short as eight weeks—but it excludes online offerings.
Several leaders of online universities, community colleges, and higher education systems call that a mistake. They say it will harm working adults who often don’t have time to attend in-person classes while juggling career and family obligations.
Food insecurity is a nationwide issue, but its presence is felt deeply on college campuses. A survey by the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice found that more than one-third of students, and 38 percent of students at two-year colleges, reported experiencing food insecurity in the past 30 days in fall 2020.
The pandemic only exacerbated these issues. In response, more colleges are zeroing in on basic needs as part of overall wellness.
How can we innovate education systems to prepare people to succeed in a rapidly evolving workforce?
Three organizations have answers. Their work is part of the Beautiful Minds competition, which will award prize money to Reskilling Adults: EKCEP; Returning Student: Complete 2 Compete; and Earn and Learn: District 1199C Training Fund.
Health care workers—including nurses, doctors, health aides, and nursing assistants—are in short supply, and the Great Resignation isn't helping.
This leaves health care companies grappling with staff shortages and trying to figure out not only how to keep workers but how to attract them. To do that, some are stepping up investments in education benefits for employees.