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August 31, 2020
Why Taking the 'Long-Ball View' Is Critical for College Leaders During the Pandemic
Natalie Schwartz, Education Dive
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Jackson College was one of the first institutions to make the call. Daniel Phelan, the Michigan community college's president, decided in March to go virtual for the summer and fall semesters, and the school notified students in early April that it would be fully online for the rest of the calendar year.

In this interview, Phelan discusses whether the early decision to go online has paid off and how the college is addressing other challenges presented by the pandemic crisis. 

Lack of COVID-19 Testing at Colorado’s Rural Universities Epitomizes Higher Education Inequities
Elizabeth Hernandez, The Denver Post
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Adams State University President Cheryl Lovell is imploring the state—or anyone who will listen—to help connect the rural school with the COVID-19 testing that it currently is unable to afford or access.

The disparity in testing is another reminder of the imbalance created by Colorado’s limited higher-education funding, a system that, although awaiting a makeover, awards money based largely on how many students an institution enrolls.

Some Colleges Planned Early for an Online Fall. Here’s What They Learned.
Beth McMurtrie, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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They spent months training professors, streamlining communications with students, and fostering a sense of community online. The problem? These colleges are in the minority.

While many instructors—regardless of their institutions’ stated plans—scrambled to learn how to become better online teachers, colleges that decided in May or June to teach the fall online have been better positioned to help them make such improvements. Instead of spending their summers planning to teach hybrid courses in socially distant classrooms, professors have been able to focus their attention on how to design a fully online course.

Trigger Warnings
Elizabeth Redden, Inside Higher Ed
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As colleges bring students back to campuses for the fall semester, questions are increasingly being raised about what it would take to send them home or revert to online instruction in the event of an outbreak of COVID-19.

Some colleges are publishing "triggers" that will lead them to consider closing; others refuse to boil decision making down to a few numbers.

College Is Everywhere Now
Taylor Lorenz, The New York Times
The Waiting Game
Sarah Brown and Emma Pettit, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Blog: A Plea for Kindness
John Kroger, Leadership in Higher Education
Analysis: Early College Programs Making a Difference
Chris Lisinski and Michael P. Norton, State House News Service (Massachusetts)
 
Create Better Student Support Structures for Remote Learning
Kathe Pelletier, EdTech Magazine: Focus on Higher Education
 
Commentary: Student Loans Plummeted for the Summer Term
Kevin Miller, The Century Foundation
Higher Ed ‘Baby Bonds’ Gain Traction in New Jersey’s Revised Budget Proposal
Hugh T. Ferguson, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
Commentary: The Secrets of Elite College Admissions
Jeffrey Selingo, The Wall Street Journal
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