College administrators and their legal teams have spent months crafting reopening plans, carefully spaced seating charts, daily temperature checks, frequent testing, and threats of expulsion for those hosting large parties.
While some students, faculty and staff are looking forward to returning to campus, others are raising serious health and safety concerns. This episode of Rethinking College examines how schools are approaching the decision.
During normal times, colleges see a so-called summer melt of students who accept their admission offer and commit to the school and then decide not to attend. But, with the pandemic pushing many college courses online, institutions are scrambling for ways to keep likely freshmen on track to enroll and other students to come back.
Some California colleges are going the extra mile to bond with students this summer via efforts that include free summer classes, virtual concerts, flexible deadlines, and even T-shirt giveaways.
News that the University of California at Berkeley, Miami Dade College, and others will start the semester remotely signals a retreat from the optimism of the late spring.
Such announcements have been widely predicted, even as some presidents declared months ago that they would bring students back for fall classes. But in the face of rising COVID-19 cases nationally, and as faculty and students raise safety concerns, college leaders say they simply can’t pull it off.
He started his career as an elementary school teacher. Then he became a high school guidance counselor and dean of students. After that, he founded his own public middle school in the Bronx and served as its principal for 10 years.
Now, Jamaal Bowman is headed to Congress.
In this podcast, Bowman talks about the perspective he hopes to bring to Congress, what it will take to reopen schools safely, and the role of educators in addressing systemic racism in America.