Is fighting to keep struggling students in class the ethical choice?
Reported by The Chronicle of Higher Education, a new book by Jennifer Morton, Moving Up Without Losing Your Way: The Ethical Costs of Upward Mobility attempts to answer this difficult question. As our retention services have improved on campus, we’re getting so much better at reaching out in attempt to assist and help these students finish what they started, make good on the promise they made to themselves, and help them reach their goals. But the book’s premise is that perhaps we undervalue the sacrifices that student is making to their personal relationships and commitments to sit on our campus. That for some but not all students, the ethical choice may be to not have them drive 45 minutes after rush hour to sit in our classrooms.
The takeaway? This is just one reason why we’re working so hard to make online education a great solution for those trying to balance so much – to make the upward mobility path slightly less difficult for those students with others also counting on them.
May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.
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