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but don't worry this is higher ed trends in 2022. um thank you for being here my name is greg balk i'm the content production specialist here at mongoose uh this is mike kashinsky mike why don't you tell people who you are yes i'm a client success lead and partner manager so i work with a number of our client institutions and also our partners as well all right awesome so um we want to talk about once again uh trends um if we were talking about pop culture according to the super bowl we would be talking about electric cars and alcoholic flavored selters and crypto oh yeah yes but that's not what we're doing that's a different webinar for a different day this is for your institution so when the discussion is higher read mike and i are forced to kind of start on a down note because the trend in higher red is going to lead us to talking about enrollment in the decline a 3.5 decline in enrollment since fall of 2021 um so it's kind of hard but we have to start with that before we start setting up the transplant right and keep in mind too we have the 2025 uh the scary demographic cliff the 15 of the high school population america uh decreasing as well but uh there is some silver lining there most institutions are pivoting to grad programs if they can to lifelong learning certifications other ways to build up that headcount if they can't get it through the traditional student means as well which is good we still have people filing in so if you're just joining us again um we have just got it started uh thank you for joining us here on four-year institution 2025 so you're saying there's going to be less high school students correct so there's less people like they could predict that there's going to be less high school students in 2000 there will be less high school students so in 2008 we had the uh you know that financial crisis there's like several movies about it i heard about this yes yeah there's the wall street lehman brothers so uh anyway yeah not as many children being produced frankly so because that didn't happen in the early 2000s there won't be as many high school students but again the good news is we have graduate students we have adult learners or quote-unquote non-traditional students that are helping to fill that gap many schools are creating boot camps and certification programs they're putting content online where they can some of that gated some of it ungated notably harvard does a great job with their undated content they have the resources to to do that but uh yeah there's lots of ways to mitigate that frankly uh higher it's fascinating i'm not exactly new to higher ed i am generally new compared to like for instance mike myself and many people watching but uh the things you have to pay attention to in higher ed uh things like population and things like that are fascinating so still more people filing into our conversation thank you so much for joining us thanks for everyone who has a camera on we love to see our audience we love to see um you know the people we're speaking to in that sense so um this is about trends we start to talk about um like declines in enrollment but incline you know increases in um you know grad students and such uh we can also talk about something that is also now positive and that is the continued pandemic and um how sick i am of talking about it but it is a reality um that's kind of led the way to advances and what people have to do within their job like you're if you're in higher ed no matter what department you're in you're pulled in so many different directions and all of a sudden you had to become an expert on things like virtual events hybrid learning just technology zoom technology things like that that hasn't changed but people have gotten better let's talk about just um you know pin it on virtual events and that trend in 2022 and what you see out of that absolutely so there's uh i've been all sorts of phrasing some people say virtual's here to stay i'm a big believer that hybrid is here to stay so putting your content out in a way that where it can be you know virtual digital et cetera but can also be consumed on campus is very very important so there are going to be things that you want to be standardized your information sessions if you're in enrollment um the type of language you have around campaigns etc um you'll want to do that in a in a virtual or perhaps in a digital way if you have call center etc you'll do those sorts of things but what this also has allowed us to do is to be more intentional about the on-campus experience so if we're in enrollment that means thinking more about a welcome center and if i am a prospective student having a very central easy to get to location where i can park i can meet with my advisor counselor if i'm an alumnus or alumni where i can meet with the alumni office or annual giving or career services etc so putting all these external offices in one and making sure you're coordinating the experience you'll also see similar things happen with the current student experience if your institution hasn't already it's probably coming i would say where you're going to see the student services offices if they're not all under one roof or all under one uh leadership funnel or silo i guess if you will um you're gonna start to see that as well and you'll also see more collaboration too so those adjustments can be started like you have to talking about a trend in 2022 you're completely changing the landscape of like school visits uh you're not talking about that like there's still going to be school visits campus visits and things like that but there are things you can be doing now to improve how you um present on your school virtually yeah we're going to talk a lot about authenticity and intentionality and so it's more about refining those experiences to make sure that students are getting what you want them to get out of those experiences okay so again um people still filing in we appreciate that welcome to four-year institution and our talk on higher ed trends in 2022. if you join us a little bit late um it will be recorded and sent to you um i wanted to talk about not just uh virtual but also like live streamed uh we talked about remote and hybrid learning and how that is something that is not going away uh in professional life in higher education in every walk of life uh covid and the pandemic has really taught us a lesson is that these jobs um this education it can be done online and therefore this next generation is going to expect if it can be done online that it should be done online yeah students are looking for a hybrid experience again um you know some of those experiences are going to be in a classroom in a lab some of that might be concurrent and online and i would say that faculty have done a a very good job of adapting to that reality and creating their their lessons their lectures etc to be very consumable online in teams or in zoom uh et cetera and if we can take one step back to and talk about the prospective student experience um this was a mind-blowing stat i learned last week from a vp at a midwest institution so he was explaining to me
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- Ivonne Wanzek, Staff Member
we've been doing a program called art day which is an after-school weekly art program where muhlenberg student volunteers go to elementary schools in the Allentown school districts and do arts and crafts projects my opinion is a I job to person with a heart and I draw a werewolf then I draw a flag and this one this one this one that made a red heart right here can you see well I made it right here and then it looks like a person jumping through the sky these fourth graders got the opportunity to enjoy their own creativity in our work outside of school if art were present in their education throughout school these kids could truly realize their talents and potential in the summer of 2013 the Allentown school district announced major cuts to art class gym class and library instruction we knew at hype that we needed to create a documentary focused on this problem we took our idea to the world we want foundation a program that focuses on promoting and supporting young global citizens making positive social change in their communities we proposed a project to create a documentary about the importance of art in the lives of young people the impact of eliminating art from the schools and an exploration of how other communities are responding in the face of similar pressures hypes proposal was successful and we received funding from the world we want foundation to produce this documentary why was this topic important why did I choose to focus on this this topic is important because I think first of all it's timely you know the school school districts across the nation are experiencing a number of financial and systematic cuts and challenges as they as we think about K through 12 education things have shifted over the past five years in a really dramatic way and part of the way things have shifted is really around the kinds of education that one might consider a privileged arts library music gym and here at hype program focused on technology and arts and supporting young people and exploring a number of different ways of learning it becomes really really important to to create a kind of counter narrative to that right arts music library gym but particularly arts just aren't just expendable sort of sideline tools for learning they really are critical pieces of the school day and they are critical pieces of how young people engage with the world around them I think it's a real tragedy to take away so many of the things that we as adults and professionals recall fondly from our school years and our school days and and I and I worry that people young people not having access to these things will forever change the way they interact with and see the world and so at hype this is a critical issue and we see the way that arts enhances learning and engagement and their sense of purpose and we believe that every young person should have that opportunity we want our documentary to spark community dialogue in action arts has a positive impact on youth and the community we hope to use the power of documentary arts to challenge this community to reinvest in arts programs in schools in 2011.the Anton school district started suffering from budget cuts primarily in the arts the budget cuts have been increasing every year since then in 2014 the school board voted against budget cuts there was then a revote and they voted for the budget cuts a final budget of 255 million dollars that will cut 98 more positions and raise taxes by five point eight five percent was approved you it is a rainy day in the Allentown school district but the Sun will come out again if we do the right things this short video will provide you with a broad overview of the economic state of our district and not the academics we also will explain the path to a better day we do one thing we empower students for life we prepare students to be confident citizens who contribute to our collective society we prepare them to graduate and to obtain the best jobs available or attend the best colleges we accomplish this one thing in a cost effective manner in spite of our efficiencies however we continue to lack adequate funding for our children's needs these needs go well beyond the three RS reading writing and rithmetic let's look at both revenues and expenditures the straightforward problem is that revenues are not keeping pace with the expenses we spend more than we have we have significant expenses in particular personnel operations and charters unfortunately cutting jobs has been the most effective savings measured to date because salaries and benefits are the largest portion of our budget the two plateaus of this graph denote the years of severe personnel cuts even sporadic salary freezes and the closing of buildings are not as effective as personnel cuts to seriously reduce expenses several items have been addressed during the past years we realized the total of about 77 million dollars in one time and repeated savings during the past four years including 366 positions resulting in approximately 46 million dollars in repeated savings through 2014 changing school start times resulting in a repeated savings and transportation through 2014 of just under 3 million reduced all district level and school budgets by twenty percent for repeated savings of about 5.4 million dollars and restructured our debt at a one-time savings of 4.8 million in spite of these reductions and others our forecast for our fund balance is zero by next year and a substantial deficit accumulating through the next few years we are not alone our urban cousins around the state also are economically strapped we have important advantages however our people and our history of good financial management careless management did not bring us here economic circumstances beyond our control did hence we are positioned better than our cousins to match our spending with our revenues to avoid dire consequences however we must right size our district we cannot equivocate recovery is essential but it is not easy if we do as we must we can emerge from this difficult period in our history to regain our economic balance and enjoy sunny days again though cuts are happening in our hometown is important to know that similar problems are happening on a national basis we researched other districts in our country to see how other communities are dealing with similar problems supa Sandusky Brown who is now being laid off after ten years of teaching art classes at frat knee says that students will be missing out on essential learning processes do to further reductions in public school arts programs across the country that people acquire information in different ways and the cuts over the years have narrowed the field of how children can be successful losing music losing physical education losing art is not just losing the extras it's really losing ways that children learn intellectually the way they acquire information and the way they communicate it back out to the world Deborah Roberson is a member of the Allentown School District Foundation Board of Directors and in architect ed Robertson boots a firm that has done many projects in the public school
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- Ivonne Wanzek
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I've studied cell biology at Albion College in Albion and I am an expert in policy sociology. I usually feel geeky. My previous job was forensics psychologist I held this position for 20 years, I love talking about swimming and snowshoeing. Huge fan of John Rhys-Davies I practice cycling: track and collect radio premiums.
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