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July 13, 2020
Over 450 Colleges Are in Coronavirus Hot Spots
Audrey Williams June, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Cases of the novel coronavirus are spiking in certain parts of the United States, and these hot spots are home to about 450 colleges. 

In response, some institutions are quickly altering plans to teach students face to face. The University of Southern California recently announced that it needed to dramatically reduce its density on campus by having undergraduate students take courses primarily or exclusively online and limiting on-campus housing and activities.

How Should Minority Mental Health Resources Factor Into a School’s Reopening Plans?
Sara Weissman, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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As colleges and universities prepare for the fall semester, they have decisions to make about how to keep students safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. But alongside questions about socially distanced classes and dorms, university leaders also are asking themselves about other kinds of safety. 

This includes how to approach mental health resources for students of color following a summer of protests against police brutality and a pandemic disproportionately hitting minority communities.

The Next Frontier for College Programs for Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners: Teaching Them Entrepreneurship
Kelly Field, The Hechinger Report
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Project Entrepreneur at Boston College, launched last year, is among a small number of similar efforts that use entrepreneurship training programs to tackle high rates of unemployment and recidivism among the formerly incarcerated.

These programs, which take place both inside prisons and on college campuses, are an attempt to provide inmates and ex-inmates with the skills, confidence, and contacts they need to start their own businesses. They also aim to open traditional students’ eyes to the stigmas and systematic barriers to employment former prisoners face.

Can Colleges Enforce Rules Designed to Prevent Coronavirus Spread?
Lorelei Laird, Education Dive
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While many colleges are making safety rules for students to return to campus this fall, it's not clear how they will approach enforcement.

In particular, institutions have a limited ability to control the behavior of students off campus. And mechanisms that would give them some control, such as requiring students to sign formal contracts, risk sending the message that campuses aren't safe.

Paul Quinn Launches Accelerated Online Degree
Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed
Report: Education After High School Key to 'A Stronger Nation'
Eric Tegethoff, Oregon Public News Service 
Views: It's Time for Governing Boards to Weigh In on Race
Carlton Brown, Richard Legon, and Terrence MacTaggart, Inside Higher Ed
V.A. Green-Lights Use of G.I. Bill Funds for Predatory Colleges
Nadia Ramlagan, Tennessee Public News Service
Federal Rule Aiming to Force International Students to Take In-Person Classes Faces Mounting Opposition
Hugh T. Ferguson, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
Opinion: Inequities in Higher-Ed Funding Formula Must Be Resolved
Anthony Calabro, John Gwaltney, Carol Lucey, Ronald Remington, and Maria Sheehan, Las Vegas Sun (Nevada)
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