Tri-C Taking Steps to Reconnect With Students
Article in ‘The Guardian’ notes College’s efforts to recover from pandemic effects
The pandemic story of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) is similar to that of many colleges across the country, with double-digit enrollment declines over the past year as many students opted to suspend their education due to personal hardship.
A recent article in The Guardian looks at the widespread impact of the pandemic on community colleges and the steps Tri-C and others are taking to reverse the trend of students stopping their educational pursuits.
Karen Miller, Tri-C’s provost and executive vice president of Access, Learning and Success, spoke about how the past year has impacted the College and the steps Tri-C is taking to get students back to class and on the path to a degree.
“[Students] were definitely affected by this, whether it be a family member who might have contracted COVID or they contracted COVID, or somebody in their family lost a job and they had to go to work instead of coming to school,” Miller said, noting that students from lower-income households were, in many cases, hindered by a lack of access to computers or reliable internet.
To help reverse the issues caused by the pandemic, Tri-C is taking steps to get students back on campus while still monitoring COVID-19 cases in the region and considering the comfort level of students, faculty and staff regarding a return to campus.
Miller noted Tri-C is working to reconnect with students who discontinued their classwork, encouraging them to re-enroll.
“We’re trying to re-engage them and let them know that we’re going to have on-ground opportunities, more on-ground classes, and open up our service footprint again come August,” Miller told The Guardian. “We’re hopeful that we’re going to see [students] come back this fall.”
July 14, 2021
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