The federal response to the pandemic will directly impact the postsecondary world for the next several years. Postsecondary education is foundational to our country’s workforce pipeline, and community and technical colleges play a critical role in our current crisis. How are legislators thinking about the role of community and technical colleges in a time of crisis and adaptation, and how can you weigh in?
ACCT's public policy staff has been working tirelessly throughout the spring to advocate on behalf of community colleges in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and as the 116th Congress draws to a close.
Even as some campuses move toward physical re-opening, institutions need to consider the longer-term potential and implications of virtual learning. As more institutions go online, how will institutions and systems ensure high-quality online learning opportunities?
The economic challenges that students and their families face as a result of the pandemic will likely mean significant changes in postsecondary enrollment.
Given the likelihood that many displaced workers will enroll in education and training, it is incumbent upon higher education to prioritize innovative delivery models to ensure these individuals can successfully - and quickly - attain the skills they need for immediate job placement.
While postsecondary credentials will increase in importance, enrollment may be harder to predict. Conventional wisdom suggests many more adults will return to school while academic disruptions this spring may make traditional student enrollments more unpredictable. Most higher education leaders are unsure whether or not institutions will be fully re-opening in September. The panel discusses approaches and options for the fall.
Academic disruption is likely to exacerbate pipeline leaks at key transition points, and traditionally underserved students are at greatest risk. In the short-term, higher education must rethink summer bridge programs to address summer melt and learning loss.
Shifting labor markets due to COVID-19 recovery require new data analyses to identify in-demand sectors. A panel of experts will discuss tools and approaches to accomplish that goal.
ACCT’s Corporate Partners joined forces to present the first in a series of webinars designed to help community college leaders respond to, navigate, and resume college operations from the COVID-19 pandemic.