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August 28, 2020
10 Ways the Coronavirus Has Shaped Higher Ed and Its World
Audrey Williams June, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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COVID-19 has shifted the way colleges and universities operate, altered the college experience for students, and triggered protests by faculty members and staff against plans to reopen in the fall. It also has affected the economies and normal operations of the towns that rely on their local colleges.

'We're Living the News': Student Journalists Are Owning the College Reopening Story
Elissa Nadworny and Lauren Migaki, NPR
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Student journalists have been tirelessly reporting on college reopening plans—and their editorials haven't held back. One headline from the student-run newspaper at the University of Notre Dame, declared, "Don't make us write obituaries."

And the news stories haven't let up—stories about reopening plans, testing on campus, hybrid or online learning, and of course, what all of this has been like for students.

Not ‘Glorified Skype’
Colleen Flaherty, Inside Higher Ed
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The spring semester and its full-throttle move to remote instruction proved brutal for most college professors—and the summer offered little relief, as they used the time to transition their fall courses to a fully online format or to multiple formats for a range of reopening scenarios.

Today, faculty members say they’re working harder than ever to meet students’ needs through remote instruction, even if critics of the model don’t know it.

Pandemic Tests an Already-Fragile College Mental Health System
Ethan Edward Coston, CalMatters
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The pandemic has increased the mental strain on a generation of college students already reporting record levels of psychological challenges, state and national surveys show. California colleges have responded by moving therapy appointments online and using state grants to add services. 

But some mental health advocates say the coronavirus crisis highlights the fragility of a system that even before the pandemic was not doing enough to meet students’ needs.

Americans Prefer Short-Term Learning
Ellie Ashford, Community College Daily
Podcast: The University of Arizona’s Deal With Ashford
Paul Fain, The Key With Inside Higher Ed
Views: An Essential Education for All Students
Terry U. O'Banion, Inside Higher Ed
Commentary: Race and Higher Education in Virginia
Alvin J. Schexnider, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Promising Results for an Early-College Program
Madeline St. Amour, Inside Higher Ed
Steep Decline in Summer Loans
Madeline St. Amour, Inside Higher Ed
International Student Revenue Drop: The Financial Impact on Higher Education
Michelle Caron and Zuzana Buzzell, The EvoLLLution
Pandemic Endangers College Dreams
Kathy Aney, The East Oregonian
COVID-19 Work and Education Survey
Strada Education Network
Webinar: Consumer Protection in Cases of Institutional Closure: State Strategies
State Higher Education Executive Officers Association
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