AACRAO Coffee Break: Academic Policy in Crisis Situations

March 30, 2020
  • Academic Policy
  • Records and Academic Services
  • covid-19
  • natural disaster
two mugs of coffee with coffee beans scattered on a black table with the overlaid text; "AACRAO Coffee Break"

AACRAO Coffee Breaks will be held weekly on Fridays at 2 p.m. (ET). Topics will vary week to week, all focused on providing guidance and resources to our members during this time of uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

AACRAO kicked off our inaugural Coffee Break last Friday, March 28. With all of the changes around both distance learning and working, our leadership felt that it was imperative to provide guidance to our members. The topic for the first AACRAO Coffee Break was “Academic Policy in Crisis Situations.” Find the recorded Coffee Break here.

Led by AACRAO Board members Kristi Wold-McCormick, Tim Amyx, and Stan DeMerritt, this one hour long free webinar discussed different institutional responses to the COVID-19 outbreak and move to online learning for institutions. 

Some takeaways include: 

  • Pass/fail: Institutions are handling this each differently, with some adopting the system for all students, and others giving students the option of opting in if they choose. For example, South Plains University is not moving to pass/fail, but instead is considering the processes and systems to support a heavier appeal load than normal.

  • Student need: From mental health support to food insecurity, institutions are now being more vigilant than ever in how they can support their students. Consider donating to Second Harvest Food Bank to support students in need. 

  • Some AACRAO Publications worth reading during this crisis: The Academic Record and Transcript Guide 2020 and Student Displacement: A Guide for Higher Education Administrators. Both can be found on our online bookstore

  • AACRAO Research will be conducting a COVID-19 Survey series to give you a better understanding of institutional procedures during this time. 

Join this Friday's Coffee Break: "Admissions & Transfer Challenges in Crisis Situations.



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