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August 11, 2020
Podcast: The Pandemic’s Human Toll at CUNY
Paul Fain, The Key With Inside Higher Ed
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Even before the coronavirus, many students at the City University of New York were struggling. Fourteen percent faced homelessness and more than half could barely afford food or groceries. COVID-19 exacerbated those pressures even more. 

This spring, as part of a student group project, CUNY's Michael Yarbrough documented the pandemic's impact on CUNY and its students and their families. He and a student who participated in the project reflect on what they learned in this podcast.

Parents of College Students Worry, Should They Stay or Go?
Constance Sommer, The New York Times
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The usual parental worries—whether a college-bound child will be happy, or productive, or find a suitable major leading to a stable career—are getting sidelined this fall by one overwhelming concern: With coronavirus cases spiking in many parts of the country, will students be safe at school?

More than a quarter of U.S. colleges plan to begin fall instruction fully or mostly online, but many are still opening up their dorms. Some are limiting space to students with housing insecurity or other hardships. Others plan to offer housing to those who fit into a number of defined categories, such as veterans or students with on-campus jobs. 

What Will ‘Back to Campus’ Mean? Analyzing Universities’ Plans for Reopening This Fall
Anne Kim, Education Writers Association
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As coronavirus infections continue to spike nationwide, and Congress slow-walks proposals to shield colleges from COVID-related legal liabilities, reopening college campuses for in-person instruction has become increasingly challenging. Many colleges are now reversing course at the 11th hour, switching from hybrid instruction to entirely online education for the fall semester.

And the college leaders who remain committed to bringing students back to their campuses are having to adopt ever more expensive, innovative—and tough—strategies.

How Five Colleges Are Tackling Virtual Orientation
Elin Johnson, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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A strong orientation can be pivotal in building affinity for a college campus and, ultimately, persuading students to return next semester. But with COVID-19 prompting colleges to move operations online, typical bonding activities are out of the question.

Instead, institutions like Spelman College are offering virtual orientations using new and old technologies, relying heavily on the expertise of current students in creating a network of support for incoming freshmen.

Aviation Maintenance During a Pandemic: The Inside Story
Holly Zanville, Larry Good, and Ryan Goertzen, The EvoLLLution
Is Help Coming From Washington?
Kery Murakami, Inside Higher Ed
COVID-19 Brings Changes to Work-Study—and May Harm Student Access to SNAP
Lauren Walizer and Ashley Burnside, The Center for Law and Social Policy
Prison Education Adapts to Pandemic Challenges
Ellie Ashford, Community College Daily
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Jamie Dimon and Félix V. Matos Rodríguez, The Wall Street Journal
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