The Impact of Covid-19 on Higher Education
Updated: Sep 2, 2022
If there is one word to describe these times we are experiencing in every aspect of our lives, but specifically in higher education, it could be the word turbulent.
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The greatest danger in times of turbulence is not the turbulence; it is to act with yesterday’s logic.
Take it from one of the most influential thinkers, Peter Drucker, who explains that, “The greatest danger in times of turbulence is not the turbulence; it is to act with yesterday’s logic.” To this end, the COVID-19 pandemic has presented higher education with a much-needed recognition of the profound importance and impact of online education.
The concept of college accessibility and affordability is more important than ever for the prospective college student, whether they are a traditional or non-traditional adult college learner. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, during the period of January 2020 to April 2021, the unemployment rate of job seekers with a college degree was 7.4 percent, compared to those with just a high school education, which was at a staggering 17.3 percent. I believe this speaks volumes to the value and importance of a college degree.
R. Lee Viar IV, Ph.D.
Association for Non-Traditional Students in Higher Education