It’s been a little more than two years since many faculty first shifted their physical classrooms and labs online because of the COVID-19 pandemic. For almost everyone in academia across undergraduate and graduate levels, the pandemic sparked a disruptive shift from face-to-face instruction to distance online learning.
In the spring of 2020, we saw life as we knew it largely disrupted due to the global pandemic. Society continues to weather its effects, which show up differently for various communities due to the persistence of systemic inequalities. Americans are looking for ways to obtain upward mobility, and historically, the best way to achieve this has been through higher education.
As institutions of higher education prepare for the upcoming fall semester, they continue to face strong headwinds. From the declining number of high school graduates enrolling in college to inflationary constraints, the future of postsecondary education is more uncertain than ever—especially amid fears of a recession.