Tag: Academic Affairs
With over 7.6M unemployed already, how can schools help laid off food services, hospitality, and retail workers?
The large population of unemployed food services, hospitality, and retail workers presents the opportunity to deliver programs aligned to sustainable, post-coronavirus careers regionally. Colleges and universities, however, must ensure students recognize the return on their educational investment despite today’s hard economic times. Programs must also align with available financial support so increased enrollments are financially sustainable.
Read the four to do items that career services leaders are focusing on in the coming weeks to engage and support employers through COVID-19.
While federal financial assistance provides some welcomed relief, CARES funds alone will not eliminate the need to reduce costs. EAB will continue to monitor this space closely to keep college and university leaders informed on federal actions that may affect higher education.
As institutions prepare for potential reopenings, senior leaders must consider what protective measures to introduce to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Discover four critical areas leaders must focus on and see early case studies from within and outside the higher education industry.
Now that we’ve entered commencement season, college and university leaders are shifting their gaze from the emergency responses needed for spring terms toward big questions about the fall.
Research leaders recognize that whenever activity can ramp back up, it won’t be as simple as flipping a switch—instead, it will need to occur in phases and take into consideration capacity limitations. EAB recently surveyed 47 research leaders about how they’re deciding when to begin ramping research back up—and which researchers they plan on bringing back to campus first.
The predicted surge in students opting out of or postponing their freshman year has also led to broad concerns around yielding the fall 2020 class. Given these circumstances, keeping students engaged through virtual programming will be vital for institutions’ long-term success. Through six virtual working groups conducted over the month of April, EAB identified seven key strategies for remote student engagement to help guide your institution’s programming through the summer and early fall.
A lot of the focus, and rightly so, has been on how career services and institutions can support the current graduating class find employment. However, it is important to also consider the far-reaching impact the pandemic will have on students who will be graduating in the next year or two. Not only will these students graduate into a challenging economy, but will do so after losing experiential learning opportunities that are critical for building a network and landing that coveted post-graduation job.
As most institutions transition to virtual orientation in response to COVID-19, students will turn to the orientation website even more frequently for updates. An engaging and student-friendly orientation website can help make students more excited for fall classes, while a confusing one may leave them questioning their college decision.
Today’s graduates face the bittersweet reality of earning a degree only to enter the workforce at a moment of unprecedented uncertainty. We are only beginning to grasp how the global pandemic will reshape life, work, and learning, yet the economic ripple effects can already be felt.