MCCA This Week: January 22


This Week
January 22, 2021

This week's newsletter is short and to the point. We've skipped our usual opening but provided you with links to everything you need to know.

Have a great weekend! 

RESULTS Here are the results from last week's newsletter poll.

How do you like your bagel sliced?

  • 48% Sliced in two
  • 48% St. Louis "bread sliced" style
  • 5% No slice

Today's This Week is 391 words, about a 3–minute read.

Conversations about COVID-19

  • President Biden signed an executive order Thursday directing the secretary of education to provide, in consultation with the secretary of health and human services, “evidence-based guidance to institutions of higher education on safely reopening for in-person learning, which shall take into account considerations such as the institution’s setting, resources, and the population it serves.” (Inside Higher Ed)

U.S. Education News

  • Over seven times more men than women disappeared from the ranks of those enrolled in college in the fall, thanks in part to the pandemic, with women now making up almost 60% of students and men a little more than 40%. (Hechinger Report)
  • In tandem with this increased need for technology, campus chief information officers' roles have evolved, playing a critical part in both student and institutional success. (EdScoop)
  • Dr. Rufus Glasper, president and CEO of the League for Innovation in the Community College, joins Dr. Christina Hubbard, EAB’s leading expert on community colleges, to discuss what ails that sector and what lies ahead. (EAB)
  • Three of the leading exam proctoring companies face calls to be more transparent amid continued claims of bias by students forced to take remote exams because of the ongoing pandemic. (Tech Crunch)

Missouri News

  • Missouri is not vaccinating residents quickly enough to reach widespread immunity by this summer (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
Image of Dr. Jill Biden with personal quote.

Missouri Community College Association on Instagram

"Teaching isn't just what I do, it's who I am."

—Dr. Jill Biden
First Lady of the United States, community college educator, and bestselling author 

College Headlines

  • Baseball returns to East Central College with a donation by alumnus John Moroney. (ECC News)

Stuff We're Clicking On

  • A new device called the ColdSnap can take pods filled with some unknown ingredients and turn them into soft-serve ice cream on demand. (YouTube)
  • More than three decades' worth of government UFO records are now yours to download and peruse, thanks to the efforts of some intrepid truth-seekers. (Space)
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