The government shutdown caused financial worries for many college students but here’s a school that stepped up to meet its student’s needs. According Tuesday’s article, College students face effects of government shutdown from KCTV (Kansas City, MO), Park University acted fast to keep financially impacted students on track to graduate on time.
Located in Parkville, MO, Park University's student body was hit hard by the government shutdown. About 61 percent are in active military duty or veterans, the KCTV article mentions. Many students dropped classes or didn’t enroll at all because of financial uncertainty of receiving benefits and financial aid.
Students' college costs are important to Park University. It’s website boasts under the U.S. Department of Education, “Park was ranked as having the second-lowest net price of any private, not-for-profit college/university in the U.S. and its territories that is not a Bible college or has a religious affiliation.”
The shutdown was interfering with Park’s mission to provide access to its higher education experience.
Park University’s solution
That’s when Park University devised a plan to keep students on track to earn their degree. The website said it best, “We are listening! In an effort to meet your academic goals, Park will offer an additional 8-week fall term for new and continuing students.” The new additional fall term will run from November through January with no class participation between Dec. 22-29.
How responsive a college is to the concerns of its students is more than a quality of life issue. It can impact the value of higher education.
Too bad college rankings and ratings don’t reflect institution responsiveness to solve campus problems. Recognizing issues, brainstorming solutions, and flexibility moving quickly makes a difference to help students. When students compose their personal college list, they can add college responsiveness as one of their factors.
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