Wednesday, February 9, 2022

An Uncertain Financial Future


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. An Uncertain Financial Future

Higher Ed's Uncertain Financial Future
by Robert Kelchen, Chronicle of Higher Education

"As the pandemic drags toward a third year, the financial outlook for American higher education has continued to shift. The industry was in all-out panic mode in March 2020, when physical campuses were quickly shuttered and colleges had to switch to emergency remote learning. At that point, liquidity was key as colleges faced giving refunds to students and an unknown financial landscape.

I wrote a Chronicle essay back in July 2020 titled “This Will Be One of the Worst Months in the History of Higher Education.” In that essay, I shared my fears that colleges would slash budgets, declare financial exigency, and even close as a result of having fewer students on campus and more expenses. The budget-slashing prognostication turned out to hold true, as colleges employed 13 percent fewer workers between February and December 2020. Yet closures were largely averted due to timely federal support and a dogged persistence to operate in-person classes that was often driven by political preferences.

Looking ahead to the next year or two is a risky endeavor given the current state of the pandemic, an unpredictable political climate, and growing concerns about inflation. But unless there are major unexpected events, three factors are likely to affect colleges’ finances going forward."

  • A Strong Economy. "The strong economy is great news for hard-working Americans, but it presents a challenge to community colleges and other broad-access institutions as people choose work over college. Throw in a lack of available child care, frequent disruptions to school schedules, and the fact that the pandemic is far from over, and it is not a surprise that college enrollment as a whole continues to decline."
  • How States Decide to Allocate Funding. "With memories of 2020 fresh in the minds of many policy makers, states are hesitant to make large commitments to permanently increase higher-education funding. Instead, they are proposing large pools of one-time funding to support capital projects, tackle deferred maintenance, or provide bonuses for employees instead of base salary increases."
  • Inflation. "Faculty, staff, and student employees generally expect raises in line with inflation in order to avoid a loss of purchasing power. An inflation rate of 7 percent means that employees are looking for a 7-percent increase in pay, and that money has to come from somewhere."

>> The Final Word: "The financial picture of much of higher education looks better today than could have been expected at the beginning of the pandemic. But many colleges still face significant financial headwinds that will lead them to make difficult decisions in coming years."

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2. Conference Championship Primer
DIII Men's Swimming & Diving Rankings - CSCAA Coaches |
by Anne Lepesant, SwimSwam

"It’s February! Time for the myriad college swimming and diving conference championships. For much of NCAA Division III, this is the first real championship season in two years. Some of the 2022 meets may be held without spectators due to the lingering COVID pandemic and the varying protocols of different host schools, but there might also be more streaming options available, too.

Through all the ups and downs of the last two seasons, one thing you can count on is SwimSwam’s NCAA conference championship primer. We’ve done our best to include every D3 meet, but it’s a changing landscape and we may have some omissions. If your favorite meet isn’t on this list, let us know and we’ll add it below.

This Weekend's Meets

>> SwimSwam Primer

3. Lyon to Transition to Division III

"Lyon College Scots Athletics will transition to NCAA Division III (D3) for in the next four years. This decision is one of many strategic initiatives focused on strengthening Lyon and its mission as a leading Arkansas higher education institution.

Lyon (Batesville, Ark.) will take the first step in the process of transitioning by applying for an exploratory membership in D3. Once approved, the College will request for an expedited provisional membership to begin in the fall 2022 semester. Pending NCAA approval, the timeline for completion is 2025 or 2026. The College will negotiate a final conference membership in the next year.

While D3 programs are prevented from awarding athletic scholarships, all current student athletes at Lyon College will have their scholarships honored. The students’ athletic aid will be reconfigured with a combination of academic and institutional grants. For students moving forward, their financial aid will be reflected as Lyon grants. In addition, Lyon will retain all current athletic programs."

>> What They're Saying: “I have been pleased with what D3 offers Lyon College and especially our students. The division has a dedication to academics consistent with the Lyon mission, and the transition will allow us to compete with similar selective colleges that have similar academic expectations,” said Lyon College Interim President Melissa Taverner."

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4.  Still Standing Tall

Anaya Davis, Rockford

Christopher Newport remained atop the latest women's basketball poll, securing 18 of a possible 25 first-place votes. Trine barely outpointed Hope for second place.
  1. Christopher Newport (18), 19-0
  2. Trine (4), 17-2
  3. Hope (2), 18-1
  4. Transylvania (1), 17-0
  5. Simpson, 19-1
  6. Whitman, 20-1
  7. UW-Whitewater, 20-2
  8. John Carroll, 17-2
  9. New York U., 17-1
  10. Baldwin Wallace, 15-3
>> In and Out: Gettysburg is in at No. 25, replacing Smith.

>> Hot and Not: Scranton (+4), Trinity, Texas (+4). East Texas Baptist (-6), Catholic (-6), Tufts (-5).

>> Double Your PleasureAnaya Davis (Rockford) leads DIII with 17 double-doubles in 20 games. Kourtney White (Fontbonne) and Camille Zinaich (Oberlin) each have two triple-doubles.

>> Complete Poll

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5.   Shuffling at the Top

Julien Crittendon, Oswego State

Randolph-Macon remains the unanimous No. 1 team in the country according to the latest men's basketball poll. But Nos. 2-5 switched places, leading to a domino effect throughout the country.

  1. Randolph-Macon (25), 20-1
  2. Marietta, 18-2
  3. UW-Oshkosh, 17-3
  4. Christopher Newport, 19-2
  5. UW-Platteville, 19-2
  6. St. Joseph's, Conn., 18-0
  7. UW-La Crosse, 18-3
  8. Washington, Mo., 15-3
  9. Illinois Wesleyan, 16-4
  10. Mount Union, 18-2
>> In and Out: UMass-Dartmouth is in at No. 25, replacing Augsburg.

>> Hot and Not: Oswego State (+3). Yeshiva (-9), Whitworth (-7).

>> Sharp-ShooterCodey Hicks (Wartburg) is in range of the all-time DIII record for field goal percentage in a season. The 6-6 junior has made 108 of 145 attempts for a 74.5 percentage. The NCAA DIII record is 76.4 set by Saint John's Travis Weiss in 1994.

>> Complete Poll

    6.   Lightning Round


     Loras doubles up as Mike Jasa and Kassie Parker are named USTFCCCA DIII Athletes of the Week

      Wentworth OH Jacob Labouliere was named the AVCA Player of the Week. He averaged 4.1 kills per set while hitting .438 in a 3-0 week.

    Men Wrestling on Apple iOS 14.6  No. 5 Baldwin Wallace captured its sixth OAC wrestling title in the last seven years with a 38-6 triumph over Heidelberg.

    Person Fencing on Apple iOS 14.6  The New York U. men and Johns Hopkins women head the U.S. Fencing Coaches Association mid-season polls.

      Happy birthday to Wabash head men's basketball coach Kyle Brumett.

      7.  Watchlist  

        WBB: Southern Virginia at Greensboro, 6 p.m. ET
      • The Knights (19-3, 15-0) travel to NC to take on the Pride (22-1, 15-1) in a USA South East Division clash. SVU captured the first meeting by a 79-68 count on Dec. 4. 
        MBB: #2 Marietta vs. #10 Mount Union, 7 p.m. ET
      • The Pios (18-2, 13-0) and the Purple Raiders (18-2, 11-2) square off in Alliance with Marietta looking for a season sweep after an 84-59 win back on Jan. 12. Christian Parker of Mount Union leads the OAC in FG%, is second in scoring and third in rebounding.
      Men Wrestling on Apple iOS 14.6  Merchant Marine at Coast Guard, 7 p.m. ET
      • The annual battle for Academy supremacy takes place in New London. The Bears (6-1) are ranked ninth nationally and led by a pair of undefeated grapplers in 149 Tony Ulaszek and 184 Paul Detwiler. The Mariners come into the match at 5-4.

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