CONAHEC News and Information

Friday, Aug. 07, 2020

While the Covid-19 pandemic has in many respects been an unmitigated disaster for American higher education, there has been one small silver lining: when unemployment rises during recessionary times, usually that increases college enrollments. Recently unemployed workers reason they should use newly idle time to improve their academic credentials, making themselves more marketable in the future. In economics lingo, the opportunity cost of going to college falls, since there is no longer a big loss of income associated with it.

Friday, Aug. 07, 2020

Students, classrooms and instructors have persisted as key components of the U.S. higher education system since its first colleges opened in the 17th century. Despite major societal changes in the past four hundred years, the vast majority of postsecondary students began 2020 in traditional classrooms. Just three months later almost every institution of higher education (IHE) was forced to shift the delivery method of their instruction—some in less than a week—with varying degrees of success and failure. 

Thursday, Aug. 06, 2020

Dozens of colleges and universities nationwide started 2020 already under financial stress. They’d spent the past decade grappling with declining enrollments and weakening support from state governments.

Now, with the added pressures of the coronavirus pandemic, the fabric of American higher education has become even more strained: The prospect of lower revenues has already forced some schools to slash budgets and could lead to waves of closings, experts and researchers say.

Tuesday, Aug. 04, 2020

Over one million international students are currently studying in the United States. While their economic contributions to this country tend to be a primary focus, they also bring cultural, political, and historical perspectives that help build vibrant, diverse campus communities.

Monday, Aug. 03, 2020

As the school year approaches, the coronavirus pandemic continues to surge in states across the country which means college students will be taking more of their classes online than in previous years. 

Prestigious schools such as Harvard University have committed to holding all of their classes online next semester and according to The Chronicle of Higher Education, 46% of colleges plan to hold some, or all, or their classes online. 

Monday, Aug. 03, 2020

Spelman College announced on July 1 that the Atlanta campus would welcome back students to dorms and classrooms for the fall semester. Last week it reversed course. Classes would be online only.

In Waterville, Maine, Colby College plans to open most of its campus to students and faculty with one of the more ambitious testing protocols in higher education. The small school expects to administer about 85,000 Covid-19 tests this fall, including testing students, faculty and staff at least three times during the opening weeks of the academic term.

Monday, Aug. 03, 2020

College Covid questions are about to be answered. 

We will know in just a few weeks whether college enrollments for the fall tanked, whether schools will brave an in-person teaching model, a blend or go entirely online, whether schools can enforce social distance and mask regimens, and much more. Right now, everyone is speculating.   

Monday, Aug. 03, 2020

The United States has been rocked by demands to address the many racial disparities in our society, driven most recently by data that makes it clear that Native, Black and Latinx Americans are disproportionately contracting the coronavirus — and are the hardest hit in the current job market. For example, less than half of adult Black Americans currently have a job — and those who do make far less than their white colleagues.

Monday, Aug. 03, 2020

This month, many colleges around the country plan to welcome back thousands of students into something they hope will resemble normal campus life. But they face challenges unlike any other American institution — containing the coronavirus among a young, impulsive population that not only studies together, but lives together, parties together, and, if decades of history are any guide, sleeps together.

Monday, Aug. 03, 2020

AHEA and CONAHEC join forces to facilitate opportunities for members to engage and collaborate in curriculum co-development and programmatic internationalization through virtual exchange.

American Higher Education Alliance (AHEA) and the Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration (CONAHEC) today announced their partnership to facilitate opportunities for members of both organizations to engage and collaborate in curriculum co-development and programmatic internationalization through virtual exchange via AHEA's InspirED platform.