THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON HIGHER EDUCATION

Marguerite DennisINFORMATION FOR PRESIDENTS, VICE-CHANCELLORS, CHIEF INNOVATION
OFFICERS, ENROLLMENT MANAGERS, DEANS OF ADMISSION, AND REGISTRARS

MARGUERITE J. DENNIS

BULLETIN #22 AUGUST 31, 2020 – SEPTEMBER 4,2020

Can’t be playing for the economy of now.
Frank Luntz, American pollster

AUTHOR’S NOTE
I believe Mr. Luntz’s quote could also apply to higher education. For a variety of
valid reasons, higher education administrators have been focusing on the higher
education of now. I have focused my research and attention on higher education
in the future and have been pleased to share some of my insights and predictions
with you for the past five months.
I am honored to report that my white paper, The Reimagined University, has
been written and will be published by University World News, in three
installments.
The September 12 th issue will list the reasons for creating a Reimagined
University.
The September 19 th issue will list the residuals left in the wake of the pandemic on
higher education.

The September 26 th issue will present the opportunities of COVID-19 on higher
education in the future.
You can access the entire white paper by logging onto:
https://www.universityworldnews.com

GOOD NEWS
Although it is too soon to report definitive figures for the number of students
worldwide who took advantage of online learning during the pandemic, there is
some evidence to suggest that higher education has been made accessible to an
increased number of students from the safety and security of their homes. The
potential for making higher education less selective and more egalitarian is
positive residual of the pandemic.
Meric Gertler, president of the University of Toronto wrote: There is the potential
for the worldwide embrace of virtual interaction to have a kind of leveling effect.

GOOD NEWS FOR CHINA
Chinese exports soared reaching their second-highest level ever in 2020. China’s
share of global exports rose nearly 20% in the April to June quarter.
Chinese universities are surging in international university rankings. Tsinghua
University, in a recent Times Higher Education’ ranking report of 1,250
universities in 86 countries, is for the first time, in the top 20 of all universities.
This year, China is having the largest increase in students listing the country as
their top educational choice destination. An increase of 121% is expected from
academic year 2020 to 2021. Final fall semester enrollment will reveal the actual
percentage increase.
INTERNATIONAL TRENDS
Ho Chi Minh city is promoting itself as a regional financial hub. The city’s first
phase as a financial center is to provide financial services to neighboring
countries, such as Laos, Cambodia, and Myanmar. The following phase is to
provide services to a wider number of countries in southeast Asia.

Viet Nam has been one of a few countries that so far, seems to have weathered
the devastation of COVID-19. I would watch this country for increased
international student mobility.

GEOPOLITICS AND HIGHER EDUCATION
In August 2020, the United States announced it is now requiring all Confucius
Institutes in the United States to register as a foreign mission, a destination that
requires that the organization regularly provide information to the State
Department about its personnel, recruiting, funding, and operations in the US.
Australia is investigating university links and ties with China. The government’s
probe of Chinese interference centers around technology transfer.
We cannot separate the geopolitical tensions between China and these two
countries from future Chinese student enrollments in the United States and
Australia. I suspect that in both countries fewer Chinese students will enroll in the
fall 2020 semester. I will share actual enrollment numbers as they become
available.

ALTERNATIVE LEARNING TRENDS
Salman Khan, founder of the Khan Academy, reported this week a 300% increase
since February in the number of users. Increased usage from students in South
Korea was Mr. Kham’s first indication that something had changed. He was
unaware of COVID-19 in February.

LIFELONG LEARNING AND THE REIMAGINED UNIVERSITY
In his article on the future of the workplace, Frank Luntz urges readers to forget
the word work and focus on career. Lifelong learning is essential, he writes and
students are being more selective about the courses they take and the majors
they pursue. Short courses, boot camps, certificate programs in digital marketing
and medical services, for example, are the types of programs gaining traction
among higher education learners.

In the Reimagined University, chief innovation officers, chief financial officers,
academic deans and career counselors, have been successful in adding shorter
courses and certificate programs during the academic year.

LAWSUITS AND THE REIMAGINED UNIVERSITY
To date, 231 class action lawsuits have been filed by students and parents in the
United States to receive a reduction in tuition and fee charges. The rationale for
the lawsuits is based on the same tuition being charged for online learning and
in-person instruction during the Spring 2020 semester.
In the Reimagined University, the chief financial officer created a differential
pricing structure based on the method of instruction. No need for a lawsuit.

FINAL THOUGHT
Change is coming, whether you like it or not.
Greta Thunberg, Swedish teen-ager who inspired a global climate strike