MCCA This Week: January 15


This Week
January 15, 2021

March 25, 2019 was a pretty typical day for most, especially us Missouri natives. You probably began your morning perusing the paper with a cup of joe and a bagel. Perhaps an everything bagel with chive and onion cream cheese...or a blueberry bagel topped with honey walnut schmear. Mmm! (Plain bagel people: we hear you, we see you, but we don't understand you.)

For the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration employees in Washington, D.C., March 25, 2019 is a day they soon won't forget. On this day, Alek Krautmann, a St. Louis native, introduced his team to a box of Panera Bread bagels looking like they’d gone through a paper shredder, a.k.a. St. Louis "bread sliced" style.

Happy National Bagel Day!

POLL: How do you like your bagel sliced?

Today's This Week is 698 words, about a 5.4–minute read.

Conversations about COVID-19

  • Cases of COVID-19 increased 56 percent in U.S. counties with large colleges that hosted classes in-person early this fall. (EdSurge)
  • One big question facing institutional, state, and federal policymakers is whether enrollments will improve at community colleges, at what pace, and when. (New America)

U.S. Education News

  • The pandemic has piled new demands on student affairs staffers. They’re burning out and see no end in sight. (The Chronicle)
  • Cybersecurity will only become increasingly critical in the coming years as our digital economy evolves. The pandemic has accelerated this need. (EdSurge)
  • Half of Udemy’s courses belong to the fields of Business and Technology, but they account for 70% of all enrollments. (Class Central)
  • One result of a pro-Trump mob’s recent attack on the U.S. Capitol is a debate over what role colleges should play in helping the nation sift fact from fiction. Part of that role is what books students are asked to read. (The Chronicle)
  • Learning scientists have been taking a more clinical approach, using experiments to test the question: How important is it for the teacher to be visible on screen? (EdSurge)

Missouri News

  • Missouri lawmakers made it just one full week into their annual legislative grind before the rapid spread of COVID-19 forced the cancellation of next week’s session. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
  • Thursday afternoon, Missouri entered its next phase of giving out the coronavirus vaccine: law enforcement, fire services, and public health professionals, among others. (ABC 17 News)
  • Some unemployed Americans are being asked to return their jobless benefits months after they received the money. Missouri authorities are asking thousands of unemployment recipients to give back the weekly state payments or face potential consequences. (CBS News)
  • Per capita income in Missouri was $48,656 in 2019, up 3.3 percent from 2018. U.S. per capita income was $56,490. (MERIC | MDHEWD)
  • Each of Missouri’s eight metropolitan areas exported goods internationally in 2019. (MERIC | MDHEWD)


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College Headlines

  • Over the break, East Central College students were given a quick reminder of the college via wellbeing check phone calls from student services staff. (ECC News)
  • Dr. Dustin Childress has been named president for education centers at Ozarks Technical Community College. (OTC News)

Stuff We're Clicking On

  • The care we take to get names right is increasingly under scrutiny as Kamala Harris takes office. What message do we send when we get them wrong? (BBC)
  • Use this year to get more productive. Here are four prized productivity-powering possessions(Fast Company)

Don't forget!

  • MCCA will be closed on Monday, January 18 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr Day. Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, January 19. Should you need support on Monday, please visit the #WelcomeToMCCA help page. You're also welcome to send us an email at [email protected] and we'll reply as soon as possible when we return.
  • 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.
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