Our country learned a lot in 2020, when the pandemic brought sudden, fundamental changes to the way we live, work, and go to school. Teachers learned new lessons as we taught classes, and one of the most enduring lessons for us was that traditional video conferencing programs are a poor substitute for the in-person experience.
According to data from National Student Clearinghouse, undergraduate enrollment declined by nearly 3 percent this spring, following a similar drop last fall. These statistics have inspired dire headlines such as “Higher Ed in Crisis” and even “The End of the University,” but the truth is more nuanced. While college admissions may be down at most universities overall, graduate school enrollments are up significantly.
Selecting a college or university is one of the most significant life decisions a young adult can make, and it’s a daunting one even under typical circumstances. But because our current circumstances are anything but typical, many institutions have turned to technology to bridge the gap in their marketing efforts: digital campus tours.
Racial trauma, or race-based traumatic stress (RBTS), refers to the “mental and emotional injury caused by encounters with racial bias and ethnic discrimination, racism, and hate crimes.” In the United States, the most vulnerable groups are the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) to be affected by racial trauma.