The discussion was an interesting peek into what some higher ed leaders are thinking about the future. I am always impressed by Michael Sorrell of Paul Quinn College - he is worried about bringing in freshman who are coming from challenging backgrounds in a situation where things are so uncertain. Some colleges are already talking about holding off starting until January. But he is fairly certain that they will be offering courses to students in the Fall - just not clear what form that will be, online or some form of in-person courses. He made it clear that he is listening to the scientists on all of this.
Another speaker focused on the fact that we will need leadership and support from the federal level, and I believe that collaboration on a regional level will be important for determining when and how students can return to classes. This will definitely be a tough time on all fronts.
TerriG replied to the topic: Welcome to Wednesday Office Hours - Reply to Private college mergers, alliances,
Hi Gary - thanks for joining us for office hours!
I think it is very likely that you will start seeing mergers, I doubt it will be 5-10, there are a lot of regulatory issues that come up when colleges start to work together, I think it will be more like 2-3, but there is a good possibility that colleges will start getting help from some colleges that have expertise with online learning. We are just starting to see colleges making decisions to go online for the fall - and some are even pushing of the start of the next term until January.
I do think this is the time to contemplate major changes to the way we approach higher ed, what that change looks like will depend on the institution, who their regional competitors are (hopefully soon to become collaborators) and what kind of financial situation they are facing. They will need to show students that what they will get in the fall and beyond is valuable and that they can adjust to this new reality while maintaining the character that attracted students in the first place.
Now I have to get my morning tea and bagel, it's still early here on the left coast!
TerriG replied to the topic: Welcome to Wednesday Office Hours
Thanks for the question Brad, it's particularly important as we look forward to the recovery from the coronavirus shutdown. What a lot of administrators may not know is that you don't have to spend a lot of money to be innovative. What is important is to have a strategy. What is the goal of innovation? What tools are available to help reach those goals? Who are the key stakeholders who should have input? Much of this is covered in our strategic planning course.
BradW replied to the topic: Welcome to Wednesday Office Hours
Hi Everyone! Would love to know how the leaders at CHEL approach the balance between innovation and budgeting. At a time where we all are looking to be responsive to the needs of our communities by exploring new ways of learning, how do you do that on a limited budget?
TerriG created the topic: Welcome to Wednesday Office Hours
This is the place to bring questions related to our courses, issues you have as a faculty member of administrator, or anything else that come to mind. I'll be checking the forum throughout the day on Wednesdays. We are living in unprecedented times in higher ed, and we all are wondering how things will play out over the next few months. Check out the courses, come here and we'll share the moment!