News in Brief
The latest news and opinions in higher education.
Do Students Feel Heard on Campus? More than two-thirds of students strongly or somewhat agree that they feel comfortable sharing opinions in their classes, according to Inside Higher Ed’s survey of 2,000 undergraduates from 114 colleges and universities. Additionally, 52 percent of respondents believe it’s extremely or somewhat likely that a professor would resolve a concern to their satisfaction. Increasingly, students are speaking about issues, often relying on faculty over administrators. (Inside Higher Ed)
Let’s Not Return to the Old Normal “If your institution expects life to return to normal post-pandemic, disappointment lies ahead,” writes Steven Mintz. But given the issues that existed before the pandemic, such as student debt and inequities, he believes this is an opportunity. He encourages institutions to embrace data to optimize programming and other areas, boost students’ ROI, and increase retention rates, academic momentum, and students’ academic success, among other ideas. (Higher Ed Gamma)
Census: Degree Attainment Was Climbing Pre-Pandemic Data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that the number of adults 25 and older with a bachelor’s degree had climbed almost 17 percent in the 15-year period leading up to the pandemic. Some ethnic and racial groups experienced particularly large jumps in degree attainment, such as Hispanic or Latin degree-holders, who saw a 30 percent increase. (Higher Ed Dive)
In Defense of Online Learning Nancy W. Gleason urges faculty not to ignore the academic benefits of a semester spent at least partially online. According to Gleason, “e-learning works” by enabling teaching flexibility, incorporating new tools, and opening doors to disadvantaged students. It could also push schools to further confront long-existing opportunity gaps, she writes. (University Business)
Lessons From One University’s Fully Mobile Courses Los Angeles Pacific University has developed an app that allows students to fully access their courses on the go. myLAPU enables students to complete and submit their assignments, as well as access additional services, without leaving the app. The goal, according to administrators, is to help students connect with classmates and faculty remotely. (The Chronicle of Higher Education Teaching Newsletter)