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The Pandemic in Policy, Practice and Politics - Higher Education

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The Pandemic in Policy, Practice and Politics is a monthly webinar series that examines the current Coronavirus pandemic through the lens of the social sciences. Join us to explore the way the pandemic is affecting everything from public health and public finances to political campaigns and more.

The Pandemic and Higher Education:
Current Challenges and the Road Ahead

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January 28, 2021 from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.


Dr. Darwin (Trey) Miller
Associate Professor of Economics at UT Dallas

Dr. Rodney Andrews
Vibhooti Shukla Associate Professor of Economics at UT Dallas

Dr. Ginger Gossman
Senior Director of Data Analytics and Innovation at Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

Abstract: The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has caused massive disruption in the higher education sector including an unprecedented decrease in enrollment, particularly for freshmen students, first generation students, and students of color; a hurried shift toward online and hybrid modes of instruction; and increased stress and other challenges as students, faculty and staff deal with a myriad of life challenges posed by the pandemic.

These challenges threaten recent progress towards increasing higher education enrollment and success, particularly for students of color.  In this presentation, we will share national data on postsecondary enrollment trends during the pandemic and discuss their implications for students, practitioners and policymakers.

We also share plans for a statewide study that will leverage administrative data from Texas housed at the UT Dallas Education Research Center and qualitative data from interviews with college administrators to help state policymakers and higher education leaders plan to effectively re-engage and serve students as we emerge from the pandemic.

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Thursday, January 28 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

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Persons with disabilities may submit a request for accommodations to participate in this event at UT Dallas' ADA website. You may also call (972) 883-5331 for assistance or send an email to All requests should be received no later than 2 business days prior to the event.