Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Summer Melt Could Get Even Worse


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  Summer Melt Could Even Get Worse

Beat the Heat: Stop Summer Melt in its Tracks | Liaison International
by Lilah Burke, The Hechinger Report

"When J. P. McCaskey High School held its graduation ceremony in June, students were all smiles. A sea of black and red robes, the event was the finale of an adolescence marred for many by the pandemic and its attendant solitude, financial insecurity and stress. 

For Alejandra Zavala, a college and career counselor at McCaskey, it was a chance to see the results of the hours she’d spent meeting with students and going over the details of their college applications. But she also knew that, in the surrounding city of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 43 percent of students who intended to go to college last year never enrolled come September. That was up from 26 percent before the pandemic.

It’s a phenomenon education experts call “summer melt.” Students graduate with the best of intentions to go to college, even committing to a school, but then life happens: jobs, family, and fear all get in the way. And the problem has likely gotten worse since the start of the pandemic;  a tight job market also could lure additional students away from higher ed."

>> Court Awareness: "Exact statistics are hard to come by about how many students say they’ll go to college and then change their minds. But Ben Castleman, an associate professor of education and public policy at the University of Virginia who studies summer melt, estimates it’s about 20 to 30 percent of students with college plans, depending on the district."

>> The Big Picture: "Students from racial and ethnic minority groups, as well as those from low-income families, are more likely to experience summer melt than other students. That means they may need more assistance."

>> What They're Saying: “Summer melt is nothing more than a data point telling you that we have huge barriers for so many students,” said Laura Owen, executive director of the Center for Equity and Postsecondary Attainment at San Diego State University. “We are losing students from the pipeline that we need to engage back into a system that really was never designed for them to succeed.”

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2.  WeCOACH Launches DIII Program

WeCOACH is proud to announce an all-new NCAA Division III Women Coaches Development Program. This year-round professional growth and leadership development program is designed specifically for Division III women coaches in all sports and will feature nationally renowned experts addressing timely topics impacting the coaching profession. 

We will also partner to actively identify and build the pipeline of women on Division III campuses who aspire to enter the coaching profession by hosting “Catch a Vision” sessions that will provide best practices for securing coaching opportunities, networking, and career-strategy. Nine (9) DIII conferences have already committed to participate in the 2022-23 inaugural program.

As a one-of-a-kind nonprofit organization with a mission to recruit, advance and retain women coaches in all sports and levels, the Development Program offers strategies to help navigate the challenges and obstacles women coaches face to stay in, feel supported, and advance in the coaching profession. Throughout the 2022-23 academic year, the inaugural program participants will be offered three virtual sessions led by nationally renowned experts (fall, winter & spring), as well as have access to participate in the WeCOACH Mentor Program, WeAMPLIFY for women coaches of color, live video chats and more."

>> Quotable: "I am really excited for this partnership, especially in light of recently celebrating the 50th anniversary of Title IX and the importance of what that legislation has meant for women in education," said Jay Jones, commissioner of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. "Being able to partner on a sports based educational initiative seemed idyllic in that way, but more importantly this relationship helps us work towards our strategic vision of better serving underrepresented individuals across our conference and helping those individuals grow as professionals."

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3.  New Identities for NACC, WIAC

The Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC) is pleased to reveal a new visual identity and logo in advance of the 2022-2023 academic year.

The announcement is the culmination of a year-long collaboration with Joe Bosack of Joe Bosack & Co. to give the conference a streamlined, updated look. It is the first time the conference has introduced new marks since adopting its current moniker in 2013.

"The new visual identity will assist our ongoing efforts to promote and brand the conference," stated NACC Assistant Commissioner Joshua Schroeder. "We wanted to create a suite of marks that allowed us the greatest utility and flexibility in terms of application."

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The Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) is excited to announce a refreshed brand identity that honors its over 100-year legacy and looks confidently forward to the future. To shape the updated identity, a full range of conference stakeholders participated in a collaborative creative process guided by New Jersey-based Skye Design Studios (sdsbranding.com), a national leader in sport branding.

“Our member institutions are excited for the refresh of the conference logo that is more modern and contemporary. The logo preserves our original color scheme that is extremely identifiable for the most accomplished conference in NCAA Division III history,” said WIAC Commissioner Danielle Harris.

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4. Preseason All-America Team

A full 79 out of 104 players named to the 2021 D3football.com All-America team were listed as seniors, but in the time of COVID, a number of those players are still playing this season. Some are in Division III, while others have chosen to use their extra year in a different division. Here are the best returning players for the fall of 2022:

First Team
QB-Kyle King, Mary Hardin-Baylor
RB-Ethan Greenfield, North Central (Ill.)
RB-Nicholas D'Ambrose, Chicago
WR-Wayne Ruby, Mount Union
WR-DeAngelo Hardy, North Central (Ill.)
TE-De'queze Fryer, LaGrange
TE-Cole Hissong, Wooster
OT-Chris Toth, Aurora
OG-Boomer Warren, Hardin-Simmons
OC-Jeffrey Sims, Jr., Mary Hardin-Baylor
OG-Julien Sears, Linfield
OT-Lou Cocozza, Springfield

DE-Michael Nobile, Delaware Valley
DT-Michael Wozniak, Saint John's
DT-Josh Cohen, RPI
DE-Luke Schuermann, Johns Hopkins
LB-Mason McMillen, Mount Union
LB-Ryan Liszka, UW-Whitewater
LB-Caleb Harmel, Trinity (Texas)
CB-Dane Esposito, Lake Forest
S-Griffin Pendry, Heidelberg
S-Elijah Alt, UW-La Crosse
CB-C.J. Lyons, RPI

K-Nicholas Bahamonde, Ithaca
P-Garrett Graves, Bridgewater
RET-A.J. Jackson, Lake Forest
LS-James McGettigan, Muhlenberg

>> Complete Teams


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