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Strengthening Rural Community Colleges Peer Learning Network: Reflecting on Best Practices

As the academic year comes to a close and we look forward to summer and preparing for the fall, we held our recent Peer Learning Network (PLN) discussion on June 1, 2022. The end of the school year is a perfect time for reflection and evaluation before beginning planning and goal setting. Therefore, our topic for this PLN discussion was Reflecting on Best Practices. During the conversation we were able to bring together rural community college leaders to learn about some of the best practices that they have learned and implemented as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

What's the fallout from the Education Department delaying new Title IX regulations?

The agency risks the next Congress overturning a new rule, and college administrators are in a holding pattern waiting for its release.

Bipartisan Innovation Act, including short-term Pell, Work Continues into Summer

Since April, the Conference Committee in Congress charged with combining House and Senate bills aimed at improving American competitiveness in the areas of science and technology has been diligently working. As Congress continues its work, representatives from community colleges continue to advocate for the programs included in the bills that will support students and institutions in preparing the workforce needed to bolster the targeted industries in the jointly-referenced Bipartisan Innovation Act.

The Growing Mental Health Crisis in Community Colleges

All colleges require additional resources to better address students’ mental health needs. But community colleges have particularly significant gaps in their ability to provide students with mental health resources. Research suggests that community college students may have even larger mental health needs than four-year university students, yet community colleges have far fewer resources to address those needs.

Financial Aid Offices Nationwide Face Staffing, Service Concerns

Many industries are facing high turnover rates among their staff and fierce competition for new hires. Higher education is no exception, and one division feeling these effects is financial aid. The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators explores this issue in their new report titled “Financial Aid Offices Face Intensifying Staffing Challenges Amid Pandemic.”

How tuition-free college could help the student debt crisis

The $1.6 trillion student debt crisis has led President Biden to publicly consider forgiving at least $10,000 per federal borrower, yet critics of widespread student loan forgiveness argue cancelling loans for current debt holders does little to solve problems for future borrowers. But what if higher education were free?
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