What it's like to be a university's point person on pandemic logistics

For many years, Eric Green’s family vacations kicked off a routine. Arrive at the hotel, jump in the elevator, go to the room, turn around, leave again. Back in the hallway, he’d instruct his daughter and son, young at that time, to look for the stairwells. They needed to know where the emergency exits were located before the fun began. After all, he said, it’s good to have a plan. You never know when you’ll need it. That still rings true for Green, 50, today. In fact, it’s part of his job. H

How higher education is failing Black Americans in the Midwest

Roughly 17,500 students enrolled at the University of Chicago this past fall. Eight hundred and twenty eight of that group, just 4.7% of its total population, are Black, including Claire Shackleford. The 21-year-old detailed an experience where required reading lists lean heavily into works by white male authors. There are fewer professors of color, so students instead befriend Black cafeteria workers or custodians for support. It’s common, she said, to be the only Black student in a classroom.

College career services look different for Cleveland State during pandemic

Another semester at Cleveland State was winding down for the executive director of the university’s career services office. Her team’s calendars were packed with more virtual office hours and weekly events with employers. Some staff had Google phone numbers, allowing students to text or call them directly. “We really had turned ourselves inside out to make sure we were just absolutely, completely available to students,” she said. “But it was almost too much.” College career services profession

Ashland University's prison program at the center of national controversy

As Ashland University’s traditional enrollment has decreased, the number of students in its prison education program has been on a steady rise. Kristen Haley Theriot made her first and only visit to the campus of Ashland University in December 2018. She left with a purple blanket, a portfolio with the school’s logo and an associate’s degree. The 33-year-old’s classes were completed far from the small campus, though. Theriot took them from a Louisiana prison, where she was serving time for arme

Ohio's colleges navigate limited amounts of coronavirus-related relief

When colleges got billions of federal dollars back in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, many leaders hoped it was just the beginning. But institutions have received only that first round of money so far, leaving some Ohio schools to stretch parts of those grants out as the virus and its impact rages on. “We knew that this was going to get a lot worse before it got better, and we also didn’t know whether there would be additional money coming from the government,” said Dr. Forrest Fais

Ohio colleges and universities receive $13.5 million to offer more mental health support for students

Baldwin Wallace University‘s counseling center added a new line to the paperwork students are tasked with filling out ahead of their initial sessions this year, asking students how COVID-19 has impacted them. Nearly 75% of the students completing the forms noted the pandemic has negatively impacted their mental health, said the university’s counseling center director, Sophia Kallergis. Students also reported feeling like they’ve missed experiences, are more isolated, or that their academics hav

Pandemic Upends Voter Engagement Playbook for College Students

During a normal year, college campuses can be buzzy places in the weeks before a presidential election. But as the country navigates both a reckoning on race and the coronavirus pandemic, 2020 isn’t exactly normal, and ways to engage with this voting bloc have shifted. One in 10 eligible voters this November will be members of Generation Z, according to Pew Research Center. Half of the 18- to 23-year-olds surveyed by Pew said someone in their home got a pay cut or lost a job due to COVID-19. A

COVID-19 pandemic prompts a 9.4% decrease in community college enrollment

Typically, when the economy contracts, enrollment at community colleges rises as people seek out more job training or head back to school to earn a degree. But the coronavirus pandemic is changing that. Early numbers for this fall show enrollment at community colleges in Northeast Ohio and nationwide has taken a big hit, down 9.4% nationwide from the same time in 2019. Black students are some of the most affected. For instance, fall enrollment of Black students fell 23.5% at Cuyahoga Community
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