Tag: Colleges

Colleges knew the risks but they reopened anyway. Here’s how they got it all wrong

After all, in March, most had pivoted to virtual learning — either temporarily or permanently — in hopes of curbing the spread of the virus. But by fall, school officials had to make a decision yet again: Do they reopen in the midst of a Covid-19 pandemic? And if they do, can it be done safely?

In some cases, local health departments warned schools against welcoming students back. In others, it was the faculty and staff who spoke out against reopening.

Administration officials nationwide struggled to balance conflicting guidance from politicians and public health experts, while also navigating pressure from … Read more

Cuomo Says Colleges With Outbreaks May Have to Go Remote

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said colleges with more than 100 Covid-19 cases may have to switch to remote learning.

The state health department is issuing regulations to require colleges to notify the state when they have 100 cases in two weeks. Seven, including Cornell and Hofstra, have seen outbreaks, Cuomo said at a virus press briefing. Cuomo said that if primary and secondary schools see a cluster, the state also will step in.

This weekend there was a large gathering of New York University students in Washington Square Park in Manhattan, Cuomo said, adding that city enforcement officials and

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Washington Monthly Releases 2020 Best Colleges Guide

WASHINGTON, Aug. 31, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The Washington Monthly magazine today released its 2020 College Guide and Rankings, the socially conscious alternative to U.S. News & World Report. While U.S. News rewards colleges and universities for their wealth, exclusivity, and prestige, the Monthly ranks them on how well they serve the country as a whole—by recruiting and graduating non-wealthy students, encouraging student activism, and producing research and technologies that create high-paying jobs and address threats like climate change. These new rankings are especially important now, with mass unemployment, the inequalities exposed

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U.S. Colleges: What to Do With Students and Coronavirus on Campus?

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A consensus is building among public health experts that it’s better to keep university students on campus after a Covid-19 outbreak rather than send them home as many are doing.

It’s easier to isolate sick or exposed students and trace their contacts if they stay put, said Ravina Kullar, epidemiologist and spokesperson for Infectious Diseases Society of America. Sending students home risks exposing other people there as well as along the way, and makes

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Students call for colleges to cut tuition costs as school year begins online

“They said no. That obviously made me mad,” Patel told CNN.

“It just doesn’t make sense to be paying such a high amount for something that’s not being used to the full advantage.”

Patel started a petition in July to lower fees at the university in New Jersey, where in-state tuition costs $11,600 and out-of-state students pay $27,560 a year. She got nearly 31,000 signatures, and the college did reduce campus fees by 15% but left tuition unchanged.

Rutgers said it recognized the economic stresses faced by its community, but pointed out that costs were rising for almost all its … Read more