Advocated for Quality, Online Higher Education
Given the dire financial state of most colleges and universities and likelihood most postsecondary education courses will be fully online this fall, as well as for the foreseeable future, the next federal COVID-19 relief bill, now in negotiation in Washington, should do two things when it comes to online higher education: (1) earmark funds specifically for improving online education, and (2) hold colleges accountable for the quality of that instruction, argue ERN’s Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Higher Education Policy Michael Dannenberg and Senior Policy Analyst James Murphy in a recent blog post. Specifically, they say there must be substantial support from and for faculty— from training in how to design quality online courses safely, securely, and in an iterative fashion, to how to evaluate student performance.
Highlighted the University of Michigan’s
President’s Racial Hypocrisy
ERN’s Policy Analyst Katlyn Riggins authored a blog post that compared University of Michigan president Mark Schlissel’s statement on racial equity within his institution with that same institution’s spotty record on the very same front. In the piece, Katlyn urges U of M to do better by its students and to not make empty promises without following up with solid, tangible action. James Murphy followed up with a post comparing U of M’s record with peer institutions in and out of state.