New York Times Article Spotlights AACTE Research on Pandemic and Student Enrollment
AACTE was recently cited in the New York Times article, “As Pandemic Upends Teaching, Fewer Students Want to Pursue It,’ published in the weekend digital and print edition. NYT writer Emma Goldberg highlights AACTE’s findings from its member survey and includes quotes from Board members Marvin Lynn and Marquita Grenot-Scheyer, David Chard from AACTE-member institution Boston University Wheelock School of Education, as well as students from two other AACTE member institutions.
The article references AACTE’s two-part member survey that chief representatives of its member institutions responded to about how the twin crises of COVID-19 and racial injustice had affected their educator preparation programs and how they have responded to these crises. The results were included in a report by Jacqueline King released in February.
In particular, Goldberg reports on the significant drop in enrollment and applications this year and its impact on the pipeline to the profession, with responses from Chard and Lynn, dean of the College of Education at Portland State University. Grenot-Scheyer, assistant vice chancellor, Educator Preparation and Public School Programs at California State University, and a spokesperson from Teachers College at Columbia University noted that there was an increase in applications to their educator preparation programs. Goldberg also shares personal anecdotes from Towson University, University of Michigan, and University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse students who discuss anxieties and difficulties that come from teaching and learning during a pandemic, providing insights on teacher shortages. The elevated risk of COVID-19, lack of connection with students, and low pay is making more and more teacher candidates reconsider their career trajectories.