Coronavirus Affects Higher Education

Coronavirus Coverage

Long-term COVID-19 symptoms have implications for colleges - Oct 30

Some people who get infected with COVID-19 will have long-term symptoms. What does that mean for colleges?


COVID-19 roundup: Finishing the fall term virtually; sports cancellations into the spring - Oct 29

Private colleges in Florida, New York and Minnesota end in-person instruction for the semester. A Big Ten football game is canceled, as are spring sports seasons at two colleges.


Pandemic prompts colleges and universities to consider adding chief health officers - Oct 29

Chief health officers can help craft and lend credibility to colleges' pandemic response, but they don't come cheaply.


Teacher education programs continue to suffer 'death by a thousand cuts' - Oct 28

Teacher education programs were facing major problems even before the pandemic, but are they dying of natural causes or being killed off? Either way, what's lost when they go away for good?


The pandemic’s outsize impact on vulnerable students (opinion) - Oct 27

Enrollment and tuition and fee data reinforce our anecdotal sense that students seeking community college credentials face the biggest problems, Sandy Baum writes.


Long-term online learning in pandemic may impact students' well-being - Oct 27

With some colleges and universities planning to continue online learning into the spring, students are now looking at over a year of learning from home. How will their well-being and academics be affected?


Colleges with high case counts show no signs of shutting down - Oct 26

The colleges with the most cumulative cases of COVID-19 show no signs of shutting down. Some of their critics find themselves burned out and resigned.


Some public high schools with competitive admissions change their systems - Oct 26

In Boston and San Francisco, public high schools with competitive admissions abandon tests for admissions -- for one year.


COVID roundup: University of Dayton freshman dies - Oct 26

A Dayton student dies. Northeastern plans to bring faculty back to campus next spring. Florida Memorial suspends in-person classes, Bethune-Cookman goes on "lockdown" and University of New England quarantines a dorm.


Scholars talk about being Black on campus in 2020 - Oct 21

Scholars discuss what it’s like to be a Black professor in 2020, who should be doing antiracist work on campus and why diversity interventions that attempt to “fix” Black academics for a rigged game miss the point entirely.


COVID-19 roundup: County imposes stay-at-home order at Michigan; qualms about football crowds; Cortland extends virtual learning - Oct 21

University will shift most classes to remote learning and let students go home if they choose. Midwestern mayors (and Maryland students) wary of football crowds. Cortland stays virtual amid stubborn case count.


Large-scale study backs up other research showing relative declines in women's research productivity during COVID-19 - Oct 20

Large-scale study backs up other research showing relative declines in women's research productivity during COVID-19.


So far, so good for community college fundraising in the pandemic - Oct 19

Several two-year colleges are reporting record fundraising years and more individual donors than ever before. The pandemic seems to have boosted efforts so far -- but will it last?


COVID-19 roundup: Cases, coaches and a class action lawsuit - Oct 19

This weekend, another high-profile football coach tested positive. Two programs moved online and another discovered an asymptomatic outbreak. A university is suing its insurer.


Five female professors sue Rutgers, saying pay equity program is stalled - Oct 19

Five female professors sue Rutgers, saying the university hasn't delivered on its new salary equity adjustment program despite demonstrated disparities.


Winter could bring more infections to college campuses - Oct 16

As colder weather creeps into some parts of the country, experts warn of increased spread of COVID-19 throughout the country and on college campuses.


Worrying enrollment trends continue, Clearinghouse report shows - Oct 15

Several concerning enrollment trends are holding strong as the latest, and more comprehensive, data show. Experts and advocates are particularly worried about community colleges.


Students continue to be stressed about college, their futures - Oct 15

A new survey about student experiences during the fall semester and the coronavirus pandemic found that stress, anxiety and loneliness were their overriding concern. The data are representative of the real-life challenges and uncertainty that students say they face.


Ithaca announces sweeping faculty cuts - Oct 15

Saying the coronavirus accelerated an ongoing need to rightsize its faculty, college plans to eliminate 130 full-time teaching jobs.


Miami Dade College reopens, despite student and faculty protests - Oct 14

Miami Dade College is worrying some faculty and students with its decision to reopen.


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