MCCA This Week: February 19


This Week
February 19, 2021

A global health crisis, political unrest, economic setbacks, and social disruptions have fundamentally changed industries and sectors worldwide. With significant transformations to teaching, technology, student affairs, recruitment, and retention, higher education is not exempt from these sweeping changes.

There are multiple futures and scenarios as we look forward, each with its unique challenges and priorities. With this in mind, we've organized the 2021 MCCA Annual Convention & Solution Center around five thematic tracks to represent the complexities higher education and our colleges are facing:

  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
  • Digital Transformation
  • Enrollment & Completion
  • Partnerships & Apprenticeships
  • COVID & Beyond 

We need thought leaders to help us shape the MCCA21 education content. Submit your presentation proposal by April 2.

⏰ Today's This Week is 921 words, about a 7.1–minute read.

Conversations about COVID-19

  • About half of adults in the United States who are currently unemployed, furloughed, or temporarily laid off and are looking for work are pessimistic about their future employment prospects. (The Chronicle)
  • Mental health was consistently the most reported negative impact of COVID-19, except this trend among Black students who identified "motivation or focus" as the most common concern. (Penn State Center for Collegiate Mental Health)
  • Higher education workers were the most likely to report they'd sign up for a poke in the arm, with 77% saying they would be willing. Willingness reached a low among food and beverage workers, at 47%. (HR Dive)

U.S. Education News

  • On Tuesday night at a CNN town hall, President Biden was asked if he would forgive up to $50,000 in debt. The president's reply: "I will not make that happen." (NPR)
  • Eliminate both discourse and thinking that encourages students to "find their place." Replace it with welcoming messages based on the assumption that the entire campus is their place. (Inside Higher Ed)
  • Interplay Learning has created a digital education platform similar to but focused on hands-on trades. And the effort is attracting some of the most active education investors that are venturing into skilled labor for the first time. (EdSurge)
  • A new report shows that asynchronous instruction has advantages and may improve scores for remote students. (University Business)
  • Perhaps not directly prompted by the summer’s protests, higher ed institutions began hiring chief diversity officers in droves to help address diversity, equity, and inclusion—and other related matters—on campus. (Diverse: Issues In Higher Education)

Missouri News

  • Nearly 94% of Missourians speak only English. The other 6% of Missourians speak either another language in addition to English or have a different primary language, with 2.2 percent of Missouri residents with limited English proficiency. The three most common languages other than English are Spanish, Chinese, and German. (Missouri Economic Research and Information Center)
  • Missouri is looking ahead to the next vaccine. Health officials expect the FDA to approve the new single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine soon to be available in Missouri next month. (KMBC)
  • Records available to the National Weather Service show the record low level for the Missouri River in Jefferson City occurred in February 1908, when it hit -1.1 feet below zero gauge. This week, the river was at -0.19 below zero gauge. (Jefferson City News Tribune)
  • Take-home cocktails could become a permanent part of restaurant menus in Missouri. The state began allowing the sale of mixed drinks to-go last year to help restaurants stay afloat during the early days of the coronavirus shutdown. (KTVI)
Black History Month

Celebrating Black History Month

This year, Black History Month allows us to build upon what we've learned after a year of social unrest & racial justice protests. Supporting the Black community is an ongoing commitment within our organization and colleges. 

Join us as we lift Black voices, stories, and contributions »

College Headlines

  • St. Louis Community College’s Boeing Pre-employment Training program for high school seniors and Boeing have earned the Special School District of St. Louis County’s highest honor. (STLCC News)
  • Two East Central College art students have been invited to show their works alongside regional artists at a multi-media exhibition in St. Louis. (ECC News)
  • Metropolitan Community College is partnering with Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork processor, to launch a U.S. Department of Labor-registered maintenance mechanic apprenticeship program. (MCC News)
  • Ozarks Technical Community College hired Daniel Ogunyemi as the institution’s first college director of diversity, equity, and inclusion. (OTC News)
  • Three Rivers College alumni Matthew Poole has been selected as the College’s Alumni Star. (TRC News)
  • State Fair Community College’s Registered Nursing program has again been recognized as the #1 rated program in Missouri for 2021 by, a nursing advocacy organization. (SFCC News)
  • The Ozarks Technical Community College Foundation was awarded a $25,000 grant to fund scholarships for female students pursuing education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The Coca-Cola Foundation Women in STEM Scholarship will give 25 students a $1,000 scholarship ($500 each semester) for the 2021-2022 academic year. (OTC News)
  • Like many kids, St. Charles Community College English Professor Dr. Joe Baumann loved stories growing up. When he hit high school, he found a love for English and writing. Since becoming a full-time faculty member in 2014, he’s been published in many literary journals, publications, and online magazines. (SCC News)
  • The OTC Foundation, the fundraising division of Ozarks Technical Community College, hired Danielle Wise as its new development director. (OTC News)

Stuff We're Clicking On

  • A health advice website is offering $2,000 for a "dream job" that involves actual dreams: getting paid to sleep for five nights in different locations, including a five-star resort.
  • Everyone is going to recall the unwinding of this strange and horrible year differently. This depends not only on how we remember, but our competing impulse to ignore and forget.
  • No offense, but you should ditch these phrases.

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