New Survey of College Faculty and Staff finds Divide Between Campus Reopening, Masking and Vaccine Mandates
Those higher education professionals, released by the National Survey of Higher Education Professionals, are reopening nearly two-thirds of campuses in the fall - but less than half require vaccines for students or faculty according to Liaison International Liability International. The provider of the widely-used technology platform has processed more than 2,5 million college applications across more a thousand colleges and universities. While new variants of COVID-19 continue to give out the fall semester's plans, faculty and staff still express concerns and uncertainty about campus reopenings and COVD 19 policies, 71% feel ready to shift to
This important research shows how colleges and universities are moving forward, said George Haddad, founder and CEO of Liaison. Although universities will be moving into the new academic year, it is evident that it's time to choose the best approach that will handle the lingering effects of the pandemic.
In this report, more than 900 faculty and staff members from the U.S. colleges and universities examined the perspectives of higher education professionals on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic over the 2021-2022 academic year. Faculty and staff identified keeping a regular schedule (53%), communication with coworkers (42%) and concerns about last-minute enrollment and course registration (43%) as the most challenging challenges they are seeing this semester.
The impact study, which included the COVID-19 impact of Liaison, is related to the following findings:
- Nearly two-thirds of campuses plan on reopening. 65% of respondents said their institution was planning to open, as usual, in-person classes. Another 31% of respondents chose to open campus for some classes while others remained online. Only 3% of respondents work at institutions still evaluating their options.
- A student or a staff member should be vaccinated in less than half of campuses. Only 43% of respondents work at institutions that require faculty and staff to vaccinate. A significant majority of institutions (70%) monitor the education status of their students.
- Faculty and staff feel ready to go remote if needed. Despite the challenges that arise during the pandemic, 71% of faculty and staff are extremely or very confident in their ability to adapt to daily operations in case of a return to online instruction due to existing systems that allow the shift to The overwhelming majority of faculty and staff (92%) felt confident that students are well prepared to return to online instruction.
- More than two thirds of campuses have mask mandates. 68% of faculty and staff report that their institution needs to wear masks, and most respondents from the South work at campuses that require masking.
- Regional differences drive COVID-19 policies on reopening, masks and vaccines. Universities in the South, according to faculty and staff, are much more likely to reopen and hold in-person classes, while colleges and universities in Northeastern were the least likely open to students. Colleges and universities in the Midwest are less likely to require vaccines for faculty, staff or students, while institutions in Western America are more likely that ask faculty and staff members to vaccinate.
- Faculty view online instruction, vaccination requirements, and finances as the biggest challenges for students. 47% of faculty believe that "fear that their education would return to being fully online in 2021" is the biggest challenge for students this fall. Faculty pointed out that students' financial hardship (44%), balancing work and study (35%) and uncertainty about vaccine requirements (34%) are major challenges facing students.
Despite the constant uncertainty about campus operations, instruction and student enrollment, faculty and staff showed a remarkable degree of resilience and adaptability, said Dr. Joshua Schwartz, whose professor teaches at the University of Maryland. Dr. Schwartz, who is a member of Liaison, co-authored the report with Nicole Hunt, Lidon's product marketing specialist. "These findings suggest that faculty and staff are still concerned about the personal and professional impact of COVID-19, but also feel surprisingly well-prepared to teach and work in a remote environment as we enter the next phase of the pan
Conducted between August 4 and August 20, 2021, Liaison International fielded the survey using a survey questionnaire sent to faculty, staff and administrators of 3,106 higher education institutions across the United States with 901 responses. The respondents included both full- and part-time faculty and staff: 45% of the respondents were faculty, 21 percent were support staff, 10 percent, were advisors or counselors, 20 percent became directors or assistant directors and 2% vice
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