You may have noticed my posts are kind of sparse and rambling--I have a huge lack of focus these days. I know this isn't unusual in these times, but I really miss being focused. I think this is due to a few things. I'm pulled in so many directions each day--where I used to have maybe two solid hours of students visiting my offie two days a week, I now have constant requests to meet, meetings to schedule, connections to make, questions to answer, meetings to zoom into that are only being held because people who aren't teaching this term need something to do, just. so. much.
I also have a hard time turning things off, especially on Wednesdays which is my intense day.
And to show how unfocused I am: I started this post with a specific goal of addressing something but now I cannot figure out what.
Oh I remember now. The other reason is worry over what will happen to education in the future. Obviously I have no crystal ball, but what makes most sense to me is that two categories of schools will survive: private schools with large endowments, and large state schools. We have seven state schools in Oregon, and my guess is that at the end of the day three will survive. I think we'll also see a sea change for undergrads to do most of their first two years at community colleges, taking many if not all of their classes online, and then move to universities for the last two years. It could be that college dorms can be used for the influx of community college students.
But we'll see. I guess in my case I'll be out of here before it all shakes out but I think this is really the end of the current system of higher education.
I do have some pretty knitting: