MCCA This Week: January 8


This Week
January 8, 2021

Welcome to the first issue of This Week in the new year!

Can you believe we made it?

Like never before, we’re focused on making this year all about you. Over the next few months, we’ll provide more ways for you to connect with MCCA members across the state, attend professional development events wherever you are, and receive all the information you need to remain successful. As always, if you have feedback, drop us a line.

We’re #BetterTogether, all thanks to you.

Today's This Week is 713 words, about a 5.5–minute read.

Conversations about COVID-19

  • The enormous job of vaccinating the nation is underway, but for rural Americans, getting a COVID-19 vaccine becomes harder the farther they are from urban centers. (Fast Company)
  • COVID-19 has only further exposed the dark underbelly of systemic racism and a petrified system of programs and structures originally designed for a population no longer as white or middle-class. (EdSurge)
  • Community college transfers to four-year institutions were down 10.1%. The decline tracks with previous reports on enrollment and provides deeper insight into the impact of Covid on student pathways. (CC Daily)
  • Among the reasons people aren’t enrolling, particularly at community colleges, is that they’re too busy navigating economic uncertainty to make college a priority. But data suggests that when workers eventually set out to learn new skills, they’re most likely to enroll in a non-degree program or seek skills training. (The Chronicle)

U.S. Education News

  • Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has submitted her resignation to President Trump after he incited a mob to breach the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. The billionaire philanthropist whose resignation is effective today is the latest high-level official to resign. (The Chronicle)
  • President-elect Joe Biden has selected Connecticut education commissioner Miguel Cardona as his education secretary. (Inside Higher Ed)
  • Community colleges should take full advantage of Instagram Stories, a prime method for telling the community college story. (CC Daily)

Missouri News

  • Missouri reported 4,332 new COVID-19 cases on Friday and 30 deaths due to the virus. Friday's case number was up from 3,983 reported the day before and well above the seven-day average. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
  • Missouri lawmakers met Wednesday for the first day of this year's regular legislative session at the state Capitol in Jefferson City. (Jefferson City News Tribune)
  • Citing better-than-expected revenue collections, Governor Parson released nearly $127 million from a pool of funds he’d earlier withheld when the pandemic began last year. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)


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College Headlines

  • Crowder College has been awarded a grant from the American Welding Society Foundation for $24,999.67. (CC News)
  • The Jefferson College Child Development Center was recently granted state accreditation from the Missouri Accreditation of Programs for Children and Youth for the seventh consecutive time. (JC News)

Stuff We're Clicking On

  • Identical twins are not so identical, a new study determines. (Live Science)
  • Since 1976, Lake Superior State University has started the new year with a list of words that are overworked, redundant, oxymoronic, clichéd, illogical, nonsensical — and otherwise ineffective, baffling, or irritating. (Inside Higher Ed)
  • For the last six decades, 79-year-old Italian writer Maurizio Campiverdi has toured almost every three-Michelin-star restaurant in the world. (VICE)

And finally...

  • We're very excited to announce the launch of the MCCA Job Board. Job boards are nothing new, but we want to make it simple to find jobs at Missouri's community colleges. Click here for everything you to know, from how to post a finding a job.
  • Did you attend our first-ever virtual annual convention? You have access to the #MCCA2020 virtual event platform for 12 months! All educational content, including Spotlight, Plenary, and Keynote sessions, is now available on-demand.
  • Next week, the Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development continues the Bridges to Success Equity Web Series. Matt Newlin, Ed.D. will discuss and answer questions regarding rural student college enrollment. Register here.
  • Has your institution met recent challenges in higher education with innovation and creativity? The ACE/Fidelity Investments Award for Institutional Transformation is awarding winning institutions with a $10,000 prize. Applications close next Friday, January 15.
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