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August 26, 2020
What Happens If Zoom Goes Down?
Madeline St. Amour, Inside Higher Ed
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Zoom went down Monday morning—the first day of classes at many colleges across the country.

The issue, which seemed to be concentrated on the East Coast and in parts of the Midwest, was small in comparison to other events in the spring. But it did raise questions about what contingency plans colleges have to address such technical difficulties in the age of "Zoom University."

Some Small Colleges Are Closing Their Doors for Good Amid Pandemic
Sasha Aslanian, Marketplace
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The small-college business model that worked for more than a century has become strained these days. Even before the pandemic, finances were tough at hundreds of colleges.

Now, small schools with names you might not know, with green quads and brick buildings, are closing.

Born to the Internet, Grew Up Fast in a Pandemic
Allyson Waller, The New York Times
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Working through college is nothing new for college students. About 70 percent have some type of job, a Georgetown University analysis found. When the pandemic hit in the spring semester, about a third of students lost their jobs, according to Temple University’s Hope Center for College, Community and Justice.

Many of them have had to get creative, taking advantage of a digital economy that grew up around them while college was still a far-off dream.

The New Look of Boston’s Higher Education Institutions
Chris Vogel, Boston Magazine
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COVID-19 tests, online classes, socially distanced dorms. This fall, students, parents, faculty, and administrators will experience college literally like never before. But what will going to school in Boston look like five, 10, or even 15 years from now? What are the higher-education industry’s toughest challenges and reasons for hope?

Five Boston-area college leaders peer into their crystal ball—and what they see might surprise you.

In This Pandemic, Are College Students ‘Reckless’ or ‘Vulnerable’?
Rebecca Koenig, EdSurge
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As students return to college campuses this month, several higher ed leaders have already criticized them for violating pandemic health policies with “selfish and reckless behavior.”

A new report from the American College Health Association takes a different view of the situation. It makes the case that many college students are “vulnerable” to health and safety threats right now, and it calls on student affairs and college health officials to protect them.

Mitch Daniels on Purdue's Reopening: 'If You're Worried About the Next 13 weeks, Join the Club.' Students, Profs: How Long Will It Last?
Dave Bangert, Lafayette Journal & Courier
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Purdue University's Mitch Daniels made the case as far back as April that reopening Purdue amounted to a civic duty. Since then, Daniels has become a national face of higher ed’s hopes to return to the classroom.

This week, his plans are being put to the test.  

Create Better Student Support Structures for Remote Learning
Kathe Pelletier, EdTech Magazine: Focus on Higher Education
Running Numbers or Running From Numbers?
Rick Seltzer, Inside Higher Ed
Blog: What Is College For?
Steven Mintz, Higher Ed Gamma
New Paper Finds FAFSA Verification Costs Have Outsized Impact on Public Institutions, Particularly Community Colleges
Owen Daugherty, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
Commentary: Good Online Instruction Must Prioritize Student Motivation, Not Just Engagement
Rich Pattenaude and KarenAnn Caldwell, New England Journal of Higher Education
Virtual Forum: A Collaborative Approach to Tech
The Chronicle of Higher Education
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