Pandemic challenges first-generation college students | How Seattle-area colleges responded to the coronavirus | Will college-bound seniors choose to opt out?
April 9, 2020
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Student Affairs and Academics
Pandemic challenges first-generation college students
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Nonprofit programs such as OneGoal, iMentor and College Possible that help low-income and first-generation students transition to college are scaling back fundraising and turning to online mentoring and chats to keep students engaged in the college admission process during the coronavirus pandemic. Counselors also worry that students will forgo college in the fall due to financial constraints, especially if learning is online.
Full Story: Chalkbeat (4/8) 
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Amy Morrison, president of Lake Washington Institute of Technology, was among the first college leaders to respond to the coronavirus outbreak in the US. Other administrators in the Seattle area soon took action as well, according to this account of the early days of the crisis.
Full Story: The Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription required) (4/7) 
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Admissions and Enrollment
About 15% of high-school seniors who planned to attend a four-year college said they likely won't attend school in the fall in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, results of a small survey show. Of current college students, the survey found 65% said online teaching was inferior to their in-person classes.
Full Story: Inside Higher Ed (4/9) 
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Leadership and Management
The University of South Florida is moving its spring graduation ceremony online, which it expects will cost $6,000, compared to $60,000 for a traditional one-day ceremony. The video will be filmed with student body presidents and select administrators, and the names of each student will be read.
Full Story: The Business Journals (tiered subscription model)/Tampa, Fla. (4/8) 
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Professor raises barely rose above the cost-of-living index last year, according to the American Association of University Professors' annual Faculty Compensation Survey. In addition, average faculty salaries for women were 81.4% of men's.
Full Story: Inside Higher Ed (4/8) 
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Funding and Grants
Universities are increasingly looking to mega-gifts to shore up finances, but the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent economic downturn could affect that, writes Mike Scutari. Universities might pivot instead to tapping more alumni who give smaller gifts.
Full Story: Inside Philanthropy (subscription required) (4/8) 
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