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April 28, 2020
College and COVID-19: Students Shift, Adjust, Adapt to Life Full of Uncertainties
Marie Nalan, IowaWatch
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The new normal in higher education goes something like this: uncertainty, disruption, and adapting. IowaWatch reporters recently spoke with students from nearly a dozen schools about the changes they're experiencing because of COVID-19. They worry about their futures and they grieve rites of passage such as graduation, concerts, trips abroad, or simply hanging out with friends.

Still, many remain positive about the future.

Can a Residential College Sell an Online Experience in a Crisis?
Rebecca Koenig, EdSurge
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Few colleges have committed publicly to keeping facilities closed come autumn, but experts say most are working on contingency plans for that possibility.

For residential institutions whose identities are closely bound to physical experiences—a grassy quad lined with stately trees, an uproarious football stadium, a dorm full of friends—moving college online and convincing students to pay for it will be a challenge.

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Distanced Learning
Eric Hoover, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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The COVID-19 pandemic is revealing the breadth of education’s digital divide, separating those who have access to the internet from those who don’t. Yet in this spring of makeshift virtual instruction, many low-income students face challenges that go well beyond a lack of computers and connectivity.

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AP Exams Are Still on Amid Coronavirus, Raising Questions About Fairness
Carrie Jung, WBUR
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A lot is at stake for students taking Advanced Placement exams, even in normal times. If you score high enough, you can earn college credit. It's also a big factor in college applications. But for some students, the idea of studying right now feels impossible.

Concerns about the coronavirus have put most standardized tests, such as the SAT and ACT, on hold this spring. But AP exams are going forward with a new online format—and that's raising questions about fairness. 

Lingering Challenges With Distance Learning
Ellie Ashford, Community College Daily
Gee Looks to Future of WVU, Higher Education
Michael Erb, Wheeling Intelligencer
Uncertain Job Market Awaits Soon-to-Be Graduates
Greta Anderson, Inside Higher Ed
Podcast: John Clark and the Perception of Higher Education
David Conner and Jacob Bray, In the Know With ACCT
Blog: What We Know and Don't Know
Matt Reed, Confessions of a Community College Dean
CLC Food Shelf Helps Students Through Tough Times
Theresa Bourke, Brainerd Dispatch (Minnesota)
What the CARES Act Means for Your Student Loans
Anna Sale, Katie Bishop, and Meghan Keane, NPR
Is the Pell Grant Reserve Fund in Trouble?
Owen Daugherty, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
ED Expands Second Chance Pell Pilot Program
Matthew Dembicki, Community College Daily
It’s Time to Reinvent the Gap Year
Brandon Busteed, Forbes
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