At this point, few in academe are unaware of the digital divide—minority, low-income, and rural students and their families are severely restricted in their access to broadband internet connections and high-speed computing platforms. “…[O]nly 66 percent of black households, 61 percent of Hispanic households, and 63 percent of rural households had access to broadband, and one survey found that about 20 percent of college students did not have consistent access to technology, such as laptops and tablets….” As colleges shifted classes in March to remote delivery dependent on high-speed internet access, the impact of the digital divide became more pervasive.
Shifting demographics of potential students, rising costs, challenges to the value of higher education, and academic inertia have placed higher education at a crossroads. Then the COVID-19 pandemic happened and turned the industry on its head. In our latest blog series, our principal consultants Elmore Alexander, Michael Ginzberg, and Nuno Couto detail many aspects of the current crisis and propose effective strategies to overcome it.
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Although everyone has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, higher education has been hit especially hard by the crisis and many institutions are struggling to shift to our new reality. Thankfully, there are plenty of resources to help us stay informed, stay safe, and stay ahead of the challenges we’re facing due to the coronavirus.Continue Reading