Depersonalized and Decentralized: The Perils of Online Education
In an attempt to cut costs and make learning more accessible to nontraditional students, colleges and universities are increasingly relying on online courses as a mode for instruction. As a high school student, I enrolled in several online courses at my local community college; later, after a traditional college experience, I realized my lack of engagement and ...
Four Questions You Should’ve Asked Me (A Once-Struggling Off-Campus Student)
As an off-campus student, it’s much more difficult to engage in the campus experience than students living in residence halls. This was my experience several years ago when I was commuting 30 minutes each way to campus. My network existed at home, where friends, family, and homework more than filled my time. But I was ...
Back to School: Meet with your College Advisor
On my traditional, large-flagship university campus, back to school means different things for different people. Students are wrapping up summer experiences, and settling into new living arrangements. Faculty are finishing syllabi, and squeezing in a last day of research to meet summer writing goals. College administrators, like myself, are bracing for upcoming traffic influx. The increase in ...
An online faculty reflects on changing course technology
My mother-in-law “Martha” is a tenured Languages faculty at a large, multi-campus, community college. She teaches 4 courses each Fall & Spring term, as well as leads an annual 4 week Summer Study Abroad experience. Typically she teaches 3 of her 4 courses per term in person, and because enrollment for online courses is typically more popular, ...
Know about FERPA compliance
I recently had a catch up session with an old friend and former peer, whom I will refer to as “Anne”, from my Higher Ed Leadership doctoral program. Each of us have moved along in our Student Services careers, Anne in Student Conduct, and myself in Academic Advising. Because FERPA compliance has been on my mind, and a lot has happened ...
Meeting Students Where They Are
A Modern Challenge Facing Higher Education
The higher education landscape is changing: colleges are struggling to attract and retain students, student demographics are shifting, and colleges that don’t adapt are now closing their doors. What’s the answer to this problem? Meeting students where they are.
Anyone paying attention to trends in higher education knows this: student demographics are changing. We don’t need ...