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Gonick, Lev – Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 2021
Making sense of change and how to think about change has never been more important. In the United States alone, 50 of 80 million total enrolled school-aged children and young adults (preschool to college) must adapt to the shift of formal education online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. And what were once leading disruptors, the Internet and…
Descriptors: Pandemics, COVID-19, Educational Change, Postsecondary Education
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Baum, Sandy – Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 2021
Rethinking the balance between federal and state responsibilities for supporting colleges and universities and making higher education accessible and affordable for students is important. There is little disagreement about the current education financing system being inadequate. The debate is about the best way to solve the problem. In this…
Descriptors: Federal Aid, State Aid, Educational Finance, Higher Education
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Goldrick-Rab, Sara – Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 2021
Basic-needs insecurity is not a new hurdle, but one that is exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Although it was only recently that more institutions began identifying basic-needs insecurity--the lack of access to, or ability to pay for, adequate food and shelter--as a significant challenge keeping students from obtaining credentials, such…
Descriptors: Student Needs, Higher Education, Pandemics, COVID-19
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Williams, Jessica Rowland – Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 2021
Students, especially marginalized students, struggled to juggle online learning with the financial and personal stresses of COVID-19. No one would have wished for this pandemic to serve as the impetus to finally elevate and amplify students' voices. In addition to the pandemic, the national attention focused on race relations and disparities…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Student Attitudes, Electronic Learning, Teacher Student Relationship
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Humphreys, Debra – Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 2021
This article discusses how communicating effectively in a new media environment dominated by algorithmically driven social media platforms presents unique challenges to those innovators who need to make their case to wide audiences. Research suggests that the media landscape includes narratives focused on systemic issues related to equity,…
Descriptors: Innovation, Social Media, Computer Mediated Communication, Information Dissemination
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Williams, Lori; Booth, Melanie – Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 2021
In spite of all its realized and potential benefits, the rapid and extensive expansion of distance education requires renewed and strengthened attention to student consumer protection. Ensuring quality in distance education requires the careful and deliberate collaboration of many, including states, the federal government, accreditors, higher…
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Distance Education, Educational Policy, State Policy
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Eaton, Judith S. – Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has been a catalyst for change and innovation in higher education, building on prior calls to rethink college and university commitment and operation. The pandemic has also been a catalyst for change in the current practice of quality assurance through accreditation. All major activities associated with review of institutions…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Innovation, Quality Assurance, Accreditation (Institutions)
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Prescott, Brian T. – Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 2021
A "Cone of Uncertainty" has become ubiquitous in hurricane forecasting, encompassing the likeliest possible path that a storm might take as it approaches landfall. These forecasts are crucial because they help government agencies at all levels prepare even in these far-from-certain future conditions. Although individual institutions have…
Descriptors: Educational Planning, COVID-19, Pandemics, Decision Making
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Garrett, Richard – Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 2021
Calls for instructional innovation in higher education assert that the current system suffers from one or more of the following problems: access constraints that stymie social and economic mobility, spending norms that over time inflate cost relative to value, and student outcomes that fail to adequately encourage citizenship and enhance…
Descriptors: Instructional Innovation, Educational Change, Educational History, Higher Education
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de los Santos, Gerardo E.; Rosser, Wynn – Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 2021
The rise of the COVID-19 pandemic has shined a spotlight on significant, preexisting, and continuing challenges of the Digital Divide, which threaten the hopes of digital democracy for all students and citizens. In addition to digital equity challenges resurfaced by COVID-19, the pandemic's ripple effects have highlighted societal racial tensions,…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Access to Computers, Equal Education
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Johnstone, Sally M. – Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 2021
When colleges and universities quickly moved their classes online last March, many faculty members gave students the option of pass/fail (P/F) grading. Usually P/F implies a student must reach the minimum passing grade of D to be awarded a P. This brings up the question of what passing a course with a D means. How much of the course material did…
Descriptors: Pass Fail Grading, Student Evaluation, Competency Based Education, Undergraduate Students
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Collins, Michael Lawrence; Hoffman, Nancy – Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 2021
Black learners and workers face particular disadvantages in the labor market: casual and explicit racism, stereotypes about skills and professionalism, and limited access to the social networks and social capital required to connect to opportunity. Numerous research studies confirm that Black employees in the same fields and with the same degrees…
Descriptors: Program Length, Noncredit Courses, Credentials, Educational Mobility
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Bouwma-Gearhart, Jana; Carter, Rich; Mundorff, Karl – Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 2021
Institutions of higher education face unprecedented challenges in serving their students and greater society. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic profoundly disrupted research and education globally, colleges and universities had been working for decades to better respond to societal, student, and faculty needs. The full impact of the COVID-19…
Descriptors: Higher Education, College Faculty, COVID-19, Pandemics
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Andrews, Tessa C.; Brickman, Peggy; Dolan, Erin L.; Lemons, Paula P. – Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 2021
For decades, educators and policy makers have called for reform in higher education, yet now the urgency is palpable. The COVID-19 pandemic and heightened attention to systemic racism have highlighted the fact that outdated teaching practices can stunt student learning and trust of science, maintain systemic biases, and prevent equitable…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Change, Educational Policy, Educational Practices
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Burns, Mark A.; Gallimore, Alec D.; Zurbuchen, Thomas H.; Johnson, Valerie N.; Lattuca, Lisa R. – Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 2021
As some of the most stable and important structures in society, colleges and universities are rarely described as nimble. Yet, when the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March 2020, institutions across the globe not only shifted within days to online instruction, but many academic researchers also immediately launched efforts to understand the virus,…
Descriptors: Research, Financial Support, Resource Allocation, Peer Evaluation
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