A silver lining in a troubling time.
Singapore’s three major universities have reported zero cases. Their secret: technology, tough penalties and students willing to comply.
Many colleges and universities have figured out how to diagnose their populations and control outbreaks—and offer a vision for more normal life until the vaccine is available to all.
Colleges and universities across the country scrambled last summer to create, then re-create, opening plans for the fall term. That left families struggling to coordinate travel or abide by state quarantine orders; plans sometimes changed days or weeks after tuition payments came due. Now some schools’ spring-semester intentions are unraveling.
More than a quarter of colleges are offering in-person components this spring, according to new data from the College Crisis Initiative, or C2i, published in The Chronicle of Higher Education. Smaller institutions are more likely to be in person, as are private four-year colleges. Public universities and community colleges are much more likely to be online.
Putting the focus on penalizing adolescents and emerging adults for engaging in what is typical social behavior in any setting other than this pandemic is not helpful because it fails to address the root cause of the problem. It is important, of course, that college students understand and accept their social responsibilities in this time. But their institutions also have responsibilities, especially thinking creatively about how to support students in making safer choices about socializing on campus.
Before the pandemic, the online learning environment existed predominantly as a virtual filing cabinet. It was a store of course materials, and not where any of the learning took place. The pandemic has illuminated what can be done with this online space: it can be engaging, enriching, and accessible.
Videos and interactive media are now part of how students learn, and discussion boards allow for conversations to continue and ideas to be recorded outside classes.
As the coronavirus pandemic has unfolded this year, many national governments have come under fire for perceived failings in their responses. Yet some organisations took their own steps to combat the virus. New Scientist spoke to some of these universities, companies and sporting bodies to find out how they did it.
Simmons, however, is going further. Not only will all classes go online this fall, but it’s launching a new undergraduate online program that extends into the future.
College campuses are coronavirus breeding grounds. They don’t have to be.
“Usually, I'm excited to finish classes—it’s a triumphant run to pack up and see my friends. Remote learning is like a YouTube video. It just ends.”
Like meatpacking plants and nursing homes early in the pandemic, campuses across the country are experiencing outbreaks.
The coronavirus has hurt Indiana University of Pennsylvania, but its financial problems were planted years ago.
How college students can stay healthy during an unpredictable fall semester.
Some low-income students have dropped out, and there are growing concerns about hunger and homelessness.
Research suggests in-person classes led to thousands of additional cases each day in the U.S.
Universities are receiving way more deferral and gap requests from students who see no point in paying full tuition for a remote semester.
Howard University and the UC system are returning to “hybrid” teaching, bringing some students back to campus. Their leaders explain their plans.
Most cases on college campuses have been announced since students returned to campus for the fall term. Most of the deaths were reported in the spring and involved college employees, not students.
K-12 school reopenings are going mostly fine. College and university reopenings aren’t.
Links between university outbreaks and deaths in the wider community are often indirect and difficult to document, but some health experts say there are clear signs of a connection.
Despite dire warnings this summer from public health experts, over a third of U.S. colleges and universities went full steam ahead with reopening, saying they had no choice due to financial or political pressures. The results, in some instances, have been catastrophic.
As some institutions of higher education (IHE) prepare to re-open or keep open in-person learning in the United States, IHEs are faced with the challenge of keeping students, faculty, staff, and volunteers safe due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. CDC offers the following considerations for ways that IHEs can help protect students and employees...
The N.C.A.A. does not track coronavirus cases, but a New York Times analysis shows the pandemic’s toll across college athletics. Many universities have kept their case counts from the public.