Reverberations of the Great Pandemic: Lasting Impacts on Student Preferences and Expectations
4:15 - 5:10
The COVID19 pandemic has already disrupted the recruitment cycle, classroom learning and student experience for two consecutive incoming classes, and introduced unprecedented levels of uncertainty going forward. What will be the lasting impacts of two years of turbulence on institutional reputations and student choices, on programs of interest and modes of delivery, on learner preparedness and mental health, on recruitment strategies and student support services? And how will the global pandemic in their formative years shape Generation Alpha? No-one has been more focused on the multi-faceted repercussions of the pandemic for Canadian higher education than futurist Ken Steele, who has advised government agencies, college and university leadership and governing boards across the country, and kept the sector informed about breaking news in real time through his daily “Insider” newsletter. In this fast-paced, media rich and interactive keynote session, Ken will share data and trends on student enrolment and expectations, and promising practices for marketing and enrolment management success in the “new normal.” Through a series of real-time polls, we’ll also leverage collective wisdom and insight from you and your peers to better understand your current reality and future scenarios.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Financial Aid & Access
International Student Recruitment
Strategic Enrolment Management
Wednesday, Nov 10, 2021
The Echo Pandemic: Mental Health and Morale
4:30 - 5:25
Every major crisis has an impact on the mental health and wellness of us all, but a global pandemic that drags on for years, shutters industries, displaces workers, and drives us all into isolation for online learning and remote work could have even more lasting repercussions for social engagement, organizational morale, and the mental health of students, faculty and staff at our institutions. Even pre-pandemic, mental health was acknowledged as a key factor supporting student success and persistence – but now what? Higher ed consultant Ken Steele convenes a lively panel of college and university leaders for a frank and thoughtful discussion of campus health and wellness challenges during and after COVID19, efforts to support holistic wellness, and how the pandemic may reshape the future of campus wellness and engagement – and how the mental health “echo pandemic” could affect your student success and retention efforts.