A college degree has long been regarded as the key to upward mobility. But for low-income students facing the daunting economic realities of the Covid era, higher ed’s promise is often difficult to fulfill. Is college still the gateway into the middle class?
To find out more about the role higher ed plays and to discover how it may have changed, we’ve assembled a panel of experts for a virtual forum moderated by a Chronicle journalist. In a candid discussion, college leaders will share their perspectives on these challenging times:
- Is college still an essential part of the American dream?
- What lessons have they learned about serving low-income students and propelling them into promising careers?
- What partnerships with companies or nonprofits have proved fruitful during these volatile times?
With Support From Florida International University
- Kimberly Joy Dixon, director of employer engagement & diversity recruitment, Stony Brook University
- Shaun R. Harper, founder and executive director, USC Race and Equity Center
- Yaritza Rodriguez, student, North Central College
- Karen Stout, president and chief executive officer, Achieving the Dream
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ON DEMAND: Covid-19 has forced colleges of all sizes to continually adapt their response, but that depends greatly on a university’s location and size. Large universities have faced some of the biggest challenges, grappling with tight student housing, along with changing testing protocols and quarantine requirements. This virtual forum examines the lessons health officers and administrators have learned over the past two years and how they are rethinking their strategies for the future. With Support From Color. Watch on demand.
ON DEMAND: As the coronavirus continues to mutate, college campuses are revisiting their existing Covid protocols. What do campus health officials foresee for the remainder of the year in the wake of the winter’s Omicron surge? They will share their insights at a virtual forum, “Changing Campus Covid Protocols.” With Support From Quest Diagnostics. Watch on demand.