Letter From Center Executive Director
Center staff and I continue to think about you during this evolving COVID-19 pandemic. We know that there is so much for you to ponder as you care for yourself, your loved ones, your colleagues, your community members, and most of all—your students.
We believe listening to the student voice has become even more critical in these unprecedented times. Understanding how recent experiences inside and outside of the classroom have impacted student learning will be invaluable in helping students reach their goals.
The Center is steadfast in its commitment to deliver those insights that matter for your institution. In the late spring and early summer of 2020, we offered a free online survey focused on how students were managing all the changes that came with the pandemic. The survey asked students about the information and support they were receiving from their college and from their instructors, the challenges they were facing as a result of the sudden transition to online classes, and their level of concern regarding food and housing security.
The results of the survey were featured in two publications:
"Deepening Connections with Students in a COVID-19 World" Association of American Colleges and Universities, September 11, 2020
"The Early Impacts of COVID-19 on the Community College Student Experience" Diverse: Issues In Higher Education, July 10, 2020
We also added a COVID-19 Impact special-focus module to the SENSE 2020 administration and will add a special item set to CCSSE 2021 as well. An executive summary detailing the findings of the SENSE 2020 special-focus module was released in March 2021. An executive summary detailing the findings of the CCSSE 2021 item set will be released in in November 2021.
Our goal is to share data with you and help guide your conversations about how the college can be more responsive and supportive to students.
On behalf of the Center staff, we hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy.
Linda L. García
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, colleges had to immediately transition their instruction and support services to the online environment while still being mindful of the student experience. Strategies to engage students in the online learning environment and examples of online academic advising supports are available below.
Descriptions of Online Teaching Strategies
Faculty Members Discuss Online Learning Strategies
Faculty members talk about their struggles with online learning and their goals to get their students engaged.
Faculty give other faculty advice about how to have a successful online course.
Students and Advisors Discuss Online Advising Resources
An advisor describes how the advisor and student can use the online individual student success plan.
Two students discuss how they check their academic progress online.
A student describes how she reviews her academic plan online and how often she reviews it.
Students discuss the online resources that they use to track their progress.
An advisor describes the different online platforms he uses to work with students.
Student describes being able to confidently use online resources such as registration because of help his advisor offered.
See other video clips of students, faculty, and staff on our YouTube channel.
Additional Resources From Our Colleagues
AACC (COVID-19 Updates & Resources)
The Chronicle Of Higher Education special article collection (Coping With Coronavirus: How faculty members can support students in traumatic times)
Community College Research Center (Emerging Challenges the Coronavirus Poses for Community Colleges) (Resources for Advisors During the COVID-19 Pandemic)
Educause (COVID-19 Resource Page)
The Hope Center (Hope Center Response to #COVID19 For #RealCollege Students)
NASPA (COVID-19 Resources)
NISOD (Teaching Online Toolkit)