Higher Education
  • New report looks at practical ways to support mental health of students of color
    by Lilah Burke on June 17, 2021 at 7:00 am

    Image:  The past year has brought both mental health and racial justice to the forefront for many college leaders. A November 2020 survey of college presidents from the American Council on Education found that more respondents rated the mental health of students as a pressing issue than said the same about spring enrollment numbers. In 2017, the Jed Foundation and the Steve Fund released recommendations for campuses to better address the mental health of students of color in a document […]

  • Report stirs up complexities of public colleges' boot camp financing
    by Alexis Gravely on June 17, 2021 at 7:00 am

    Image:  A report released last week by the Student Borrower Protection Center shed light on public colleges and universities that have been promoting high-risk loans for short-term programs, but in several respects, the report prompted just as many questions as it offered answers. Using publicly available data, SBPC showed that some colleges have been encouraging students to take out “shadow debt” -- which it defines as the loans and credit outside the traditional private student loan […]

  • NCES report examines impacts of pandemic on undergraduate enrollment, finances and housing
    by Elizabeth Redden on June 17, 2021 at 7:00 am

    Image:  About 40 percent of undergraduates experienced a financial disruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and 8.2 percent either withdrew (4.4 percent) or took a leave of absence (3.8 percent) from their institution, according to a new report from the National Center for Education Statistics on the ways the pandemic affected undergraduate student finances, housing and enrollment. Over all, 87.5 percent of students reported experiencing a disruption or change in their enrollment due […]

  • Santa Fe Community College cuts five programs
    by Sara Weissman on June 17, 2021 at 7:00 am

    Image:  Santa Fe Community College has had better days. College administrators canceled five academic programs, laid off four faculty members and cut eight staff positions this spring. Those decisions followed other tough budget-cutting measures last year, including the termination of 68 employees, the reduction of 20 unfilled positions and the closure of the campus bookstore and food services. “The pandemic has introduced numerous financial challenges and exacerbated existing ones,” […]

  • Live Updates: Latest News on Coronavirus and Higher Education
    by IHE Staff on June 16, 2021 at 10:00 am

    Image:  Arizona Governor Bars Public Colleges From Testing or Mask Requirements June 16, 6:12 a.m. Arizona governor Doug Ducey, a Republican, has issued an executive order barring public universities or community colleges in the state from requiring students to get the COVID-19 vaccination, to be tested for COVID-19 or to wear masks. “The vaccine works, and we encourage Arizonans to take it. But it is a choice and we need to keep it that way,” said Ducey. The governor criticized […]

  • The 2021 Dean’s List: 30 Higher Ed IT Influencers Worth a Follow
    by Lauren Glenn Manfuso, Amelia Pang on June 16, 2021 at 3:27 pm

    The role of IT in higher education has never been more critical or more prominent. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic forced universities to rapidly embrace more remote, online and hybrid learning approaches, schools around the nation were making — or starting to make — increasingly meaningful investments to bolster their IT infrastructure and the array of technologies they incorporated into instructional approaches. Today, however, the urgency has grown significantly. From digital transformation to cybersecurity and issues around digital equity, it’s impossible to find a single facet of the…

  • Q&A: The University of Oklahoma’s Esports Director on Building a Student-Centric Business (Part Two)
    by Amelia Pang on June 16, 2021 at 2:39 pm

    EDITOR’S NOTE: In part one of this Q&A, Aguilar shares his insights on how to build a popular esports program while supporting student mental health. EDTECH: The program has its own media site. Is it a revenue generator as well? AGUILAR: Sooneresports.org was originally designed to follow the OU Athletics Department IP, soonersports.com, which houses our team information, news and media. This is the focus of our media and news pillar, which is currently led by our student Media and News Director Derek Snow, a computer science major. Every month, this team produces content such as articles…

  • Q&A: The University of Oklahoma’s Esports Director on Building a Student-Centric Business (Part 1)
    by Amelia Pang on June 16, 2021 at 2:39 pm

    EDITOR’S NOTE: Sign up to become an Insider and read part two of this Q&A, in which Mike Aguilar discusses how he creates financial opportunities for his university through esports. Sign-up is free. As the writer Margaret J. Wheatley once said, “There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about.” The University of Oklahoma’s esports team is a testament to this axiom. Formed in 2017, OU’s esports program quickly grew to over 1,600 members by November 2020. It has become the largest student organization at the university — more than triple the size of the…

  • 2021 Higher Education IT Influencer List Badges
    on June 15, 2021 at 12:14 pm

    Congratulations! If you’re on the list of 30 Higher Education IT Influencers Worth a Follow in 2021, spread the news and grab our influencer images for your social media pages or websites. Below, you will find an image for your Twitter profile and some images to share on your social media pages. Please be sure to tag @EdTech_HigherEd when you post! 

  • Maximizing Microsoft Teams for Higher Ed Hybrid Work
    by Tony DiGrazia on June 11, 2021 at 3:34 pm

    Whether we like it or not, hybrid work is here to stay. According to a report by PwC, 55 percent of workers surveyed at the end of last year said they wished to continue working remotely three days a week. Many higher education institutions have invested in multiple videoconferencing platforms for effective hybrid communications. However, to survive pandemic budget shortfalls, universities must scrutinize each collaboration investment closely. To avoid unnecessary cuts to projects, it is important you are maximally utilizing and deploying your current videoconferencing investments. Microsoft …