The College of Health Care Professions Named as San Antonio Express-News 2020 Top Workplace Winner

SAN ANTONIO, Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The College of Health Care Professions (CHCP), a trailblazer in the delivery of allied health education that offers accredited stackable degree and certificate programs aligned to the region’s fastest-growing healthcare fields, has been named The San Antonio Express-News Top Workplace winner. This is the third year in a row CHCP’s San Antonio and South San Antonio campuses were recognized on the Top Workplace list.

“This award highlights the hard work of the entire San Antonio team whose leadership inspires and motivates students to achieve their career goals,” said Eric Bing, chief executive officer of CHCP. “Our faculty and staff are the bedrock of our work to help aspiring professionals find success in careers throughout their lives.”

CHCP was recently featured on the podcast, A Model to Watch, where Bing discusses student wellbeing during the pandemic, how CHCP has designed its

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Iona College Switches To Virtual Learning Due To Coronavirus

NEW ROCHELLE, NY — A new coronavirus outbreak at Iona College in New Rochelle has resulted in 60 confirmed cases so far, and as a result classes will be held virtually for the time being.

According to a robocall from Mayor Noam Bramson, the outbreak is confined — at this time — to Iona’s student body.

There is no indication of spread to the larger community, Bramson said, and nearly all cases have been traced to a single event.

Because of the infections, the college is switching to virtual instruction for the next two weeks at least.

“This is a reminder to all of us that COVID-19 is still very much active in our region, so once again we advise residents to be diligent about observing public health guidelines,” Bramson said in the robocall. “Wear a mask, practice physical distancing and wash your hands frequently.”

The college has been holding

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Students Unhappy with Their Online College Courses

Just as substitute teachers usually weren’t very good, so we’re finding that substitute educational delivery modes aren’t very good. So argues Megan Zogby in today’s Martin Center article.

Younger faculty members tend to be more comfortable with the online technology; older ones are making the adjustment more slowly. A bigger problem is the lack of access to hands-on experiences.

Zogby writes, “For some students, the loss of in-person lab time and learning has dramatically harmed their education.The interactive labs seem more like video games, said Paige Barrett, a junior at NC State studying life sciences. Her online lab portal cost her $50 to access, and it ‘looked like it was made by a second-grader,’ she said.”

Students in art and design courses are getting badly short-changed.

“When NC State switched to online classes for the fall,” writes Zogby, “Leah Hauser, a junior in the Art and Design program, lost access

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Americans Believe That Misinformation Could Affect The Election. Here’s How A College Education Matters.

New polling by Gallup/Knight Foundation shows that the majority of Americans are very concerned about misinformation and its effects on the upcoming election. The probability-based web survey was conducted with 1,269 adults from Sept. 11-24, prior to the first presidential debate and before President Donald Trump’s Covid-19 diagnosis.

According to the poll, roughly 80% of Americans are concerned — either very (48%) or somewhat (33%) — that misinformation on social media will sway the outcome of the 2020 presidential election. Their level of concern differs considerably by political party, with 62% of Democrats very concerned about misinformation and its effect on the election, compared to 36% of Republicans and 40% of independents. Nonetheless, majorities of both Republicans and independents are at least somewhat concerned about misinformation’s potential impact.


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Financial Advisor Jude Offiah Offers Expert Tips on Financial Planning for College Education

Financial Advisor Jude Offiah Offers Expert Tips on Financial Planning for Your Child’s College Education.

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK / ACCESSWIRE / October 9, 2020 / Deciding to have children is a major familial and financial decision. This is a time in your life when you may feel burdened by financial responsibilities, such as paying off mortgages, saving for retirement, or even paying down your own student loan debt. However, for many parents, paying for a child’s education, or even simply creating a substantial college fund, is a major financial priority as well. Financial advisor Jude Offiah recently offered her expert tips on planning financially for your child’s college education.

“It seems selfish to many parents, but financial planners typically recommend prioritizing your own retirement savings over college savings,” Jude Offiah said. “However, this tactic is actually in the child’s best interest as well. There may be additional funding options for

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College faculty, admins feel prepared for fall online learning – Page 2 of 2

Teaching Online

  • The overwhelming majority of faculty (84 percent) and administrators (96 percent) agree that they are prepared to teach online this fall.
  • Faculty at two-year and four-year private colleges feel more prepared to teach online than faculty at four-year public institutions – 88 percent versus 81 percent.
  • Faculty and administrators at all types of institutions had access to multiple types of professional development – webinars, self-paced trainings, online resources, and more – and found them to be effective.

Confidence in the Future

Nearly half of faculty and administrators across all institution types are optimistic about the future of higher education, but there is still room for improvement.

When it comes to the future of higher education, 46 percent of administrators are optimistic, 23 percent are pessimistic, and 31 percent are neutral. Forty-two percent of faculty are optimistic, 31 percent are pessimistic, and 27 percent neutral.

Educators are also optimistic

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College faculty, admins feel prepared for fall online learning

U.S. higher education faculty and administrators agree that they are prepared to teach online this fall, and while questions remain, they are optimistic about the future of higher education.

This sentiment and others are explored in the second edition of the Digital Learning Pulse Survey, an ongoing four-part series to better understand the needs of colleges in the wake of the transformative disruption brought on by COVID-19.

The survey of 887 faculty and administrators at 597 institutions was conducted by Bay View Analytics on behalf of the Online Learning Consortium (OLC), WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET), University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA), Canadian Digital Learning Research Association (CDLRA) and primary partner and underwriter Cengage.

Related content: Why online learning is here to stay

“Compared to our initial research in April, this second survey shows a marked increase in the level of confidence of higher education faculty and administrators.

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Maine Higher Education And Smith College Receive Blockbuster Private Gifts

Higher Education in Maine and Smith College were each beneficiaries of record-setting, transformative private gifts this week. The two massive gifts, totaling more than half a billion dollars, will support multiple educational initiatives by their recipients for years to come.

The Maine Gift

The Harold Alfond Foundation announced Tuesday that it was donating more than $500 million for new investments to help grow Maines’s workforce and economy and support quality health care. The grant awards will be paid out over time as recipients meet certain benchmarks.

Eight recipients will receive between $5 million and $240 million each, to support their work in education, skill-building, research and job creation. According to the foundation, “supporting the goals of Maine’s 10-year Economic Development Strategy, the selected institutions will help enhance the skills of the state workforce, promote innovation

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PCC Notes: College offers scholarships for select continuing ed training | News

WINTERVILLE — Pitt Community College recently received $279,300 through the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER) as part of an effort to help North Carolina recover from the economic turmoil COVID-19 created.

According to PCC Financial Aid Director Lee Bray, the college is using its GEER allotment to provide $750-scholarships to North Carolina residents pursuing high-demand workforce training through continuing education. She said the awards are available to students enrolled in approved Workforce Continuing Education pathways that include at least 96 hours of training and lead to state- or industry-recognized credentials.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for North Carolina residents to receive funded, short-term training programs to get into the workforce,” Bray said. She added that the scholarships could be used to pay for tuition, fees, books, supplies, credentialing tests, transportation, childcare and other components associated with the total cost of attendance.

Funding for GEER comes through the U.S. Department

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Humber College makes student commitment to online learning

This fall, many Humber College classes look different. Blackboard, a virtual learning management system, has replaced dry erase boards. Class debates are taking place through online discussion forums instead of in person.

But while the learning environment has changed, what hasn’t changed is Humber’s commitment to students’ success. In fact, says the college’s dean of students, it’s been strengthened through the development of virtually adapted supports and new initiatives to help address challenges students might encounter during the pandemic.

“I think we’ve really demonstrated our commitment to listening and putting students’ experiences first and foremost,” says Ian Crookshank. “In March, there was an urgent need to communicate COVID information. What we heard from students was that, in addition to having financial concerns and feeling more anxious and lonely, they wanted ways to connect with peers, faculty and services.”

Humber responded by acquiring additional funds for bursaries and grants, helping students

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