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April 24, 2020
College Students Want Answers About Fall, But Schools May Not Have Them for Months
Nick Anderson, The Washington Post
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On the coronavirus pandemic calendar, there are no dates yet for the next academic year. Just scenarios. And that unprecedented uncertainty is fueling a second wave of crisis for schools already plunged into financial distress.

Colleges and universities nationwide are gaming out whether, when, and how they can reopen campus after the abrupt shutdowns in March. Support from governors is essential but is hardly the only factor. Every prospective and returning student is hanging on the answers.

More College Students May Need Remedial Help This Fall. Can They Get It Online?
Katherine Mangan, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Pam MacDonald, who teaches at Northwest-Shoals Community College in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, is all too familiar with students needing remedial help. She's also familiar with the mantra that instructors should “meet students where they are.”

That phrase is taking on a literal meaning for developmental-education instructors as students who used to congregate in a college classroom may now be scattered across hundreds of miles. They’re finishing their lessons on breaks from their grocery-store shifts, between home-schooling lessons in cramped apartments, and in unreliable cars parked outside public buildings.

How a Rhode Island College Was Forced to Adapt
Meghan Hughes, The New York Times
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It’s hard to describe to outsiders the kind of effort required to move to remote teaching and learning in a matter of days. Well-run colleges are known for thoughtful planning and intentional execution. The pandemic forced the Community College of Rhode Island—the only community college in Rhode Island—to work in a new way and to do it instantaneously. 

Stitch Remnants and Fabric Into Masks
Maura Mahoney, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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With concerns mounting over the shortage of masks and mask covers for health-care workers, Maria Varela, a fashion-studies major at Columbia College Chicago, realized that her ability to sew suddenly had new value. Varela soon joined the faculty in her department on #ColumbiaMakesMasks, a project to create covers for medical-grade N-95 masks to prolong their usable life. 

The work at Columbia College Chicago is just one example of how institutions across the country are contributing to the “war effort” to contain and fight the coronavirus—and mitigate its social and financial effects. 

Thousands of 'Dreamers' Are Health-Care Workers on the Front Lines—But Fear They Could Soon Face Deportation
Laura Molinari, CBS News
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Lorena Espinoza de Piña is one of America's front line health-care workers. Every day, she risks her personal health and that of her family in the fight against the coronavirus. She's also a "Dreamer," brought to the United States as a child by undocumented immigrant parents. 

Espinoza de Piña says the possibility of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program ending is something she thinks about every day. Some 27,000 health-care workers share her concerns as they anxiously await a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court about a program that once gave them hope for a better future. 

Desperate for Students, Colleges Resort to Previously Banned Recruiting Tactics
Jon Marcus, The Hechinger Report
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Free classes! Free parking! Prime dorm rooms! More cash!

Worried about whether students will show up in the fall, some college admissions officers are resorting to previously banned recruiting tactics to fill their classes.

“The gloves have come off,” says Angel Pérez, vice president for enrollment and student success at Trinity College in Connecticut, who laments this trend. “You’re talking about a scenario where colleges need to enroll students at any cost.”

Blog: Can Remote Teaching Make Us More Human?
Caroline Levander and Peter Decherney, Education in the Time of Corona
Local College Aims to Help Students in Need
Devin Martin, KAAL (Minnesota)
Crushed Dreams and Broken Promises, COVID-19 Edition
Wil Del Pilar, Higher Ed Equity Lens
Job Uncertainty Looms Larger for People of Color
Emma Whitford, Inside Higher Ed
A Lifeline for Sinking Budgets
Marjorie Valbrun, Inside Higher Ed
Viewpoint: The Federal Government Can Help Ward Off a College Enrollment Crisis
Sandy Baum and Michael McPherson, The Urban Institute
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