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Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020

South Korea’s grip on the coronavirus faltered this month when a large church in Seoul had an outbreak—involving 915 cases as of 25 August. The government has reinstated restrictions in the city to prevent a surge, but it’s also reporting details of the outbreak publicly. For instance, it has shared that 120 people infected at the church have spread the coronavirus to people at 22 venues, including 4 call centres and 3 hospitals in Seoul.

Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020

As institutions pivoted to online learning this spring, what worked well and what didn’t?

Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020

When the surgery center where Maygin Hamilton works closed in March, she was scared. The single mother, who had recently paid off $16,000 in legal fees to win custody of her two daughters, wasn’t able to get into California’s unemployment system for three days. 

On top of the strain of everyday financial pressures, there was another looming worry: How would they pay for her younger daughter’s upcoming first year in the University of Portland’s nursing program? 

Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020

Yousuf El-Jayyousi, a junior engineering student at the University of Missouri, wanted guidance and reassurance that it would be safe to go back to school for the fall semester. He tuned into a pair of online town halls organized by the university hoping to find that.

He did not.

Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020

The digital transformation of higher education is in full throttle. Spurred by evolving pandemic pressures and bolstered by the benefits of new technology solutions, postsecondary schools are embracing various distance-, blended- and hybrid-learning formats to maximize student success in challenging environments. But are they doing it securely?

Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020

As educators, we craft learning experiences based on the pedagogical foundations set by those who came before us. In higher education, the student persistence and retention strategies used by institutions all over the world are built on the seminal works of great theorists such as John H. McNeely (1937), John Summerskill (1962), William G. Spady (1971), Vincent Tinto (1975), Alexander Astin (1977), and others.

Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020

When June 21 marked 100 days since universities collectively flipped to remote learning, I completed a qualitative analysis of the suddenly-virtual classroom based on the experiences of 50 faculty, students and staff at 40+ campuses worldwide. As “post-COVID” becomes common parlance, I learnt of the personal impact of this watershed phase in health and human interaction as it accelerates long-emergent changes at campuses. It is amplifying deficiencies and strengths in institutional models and forcing a deeper reckoning of the relevance of higher education.

Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020

In recent years, higher education leaders have known that achievement gaps between races persist, student debt keeps rising, more jobs will be automated and many students have adapted to online learning.

The COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating these trends, the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors learned during Sunday’s retreat.

The board heard a data-packed presentation and brainstormed goals as masked members and administrators gathered underneath the pavilion at Smithfield Plantation on the eve of the board’s two-day regular meeting.

Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020

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Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020

Less than a month ago, thousands of out-of-state Cornell students were planning early returns to campus so that they could ride out New York state’s mandatory two-week quarantine in university-provided housing before starting the fall semester.

But on July 30, after New York added 10 more states to its growing travel advisory list, the school said it could no longer offer quarantine accommodations.

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