Why Haven’t More Colleges Closed?
Rebecca S. Natow, The Chronicle Review
Last spring’s abrupt, pandemic-induced pivot to virtual learning led to tremendous financial disruption for colleges. The educational technology came with a lofty price tag. So did retrofitting campuses to comply with public-health guidance, extra campus cleanings, and personal protective equipment—to say nothing of smartphone screening apps and the cost of COVID testing itself.
The economic losses have been steep—one estimate comes in at $183 billion. Prognosticators predicted mass shutterings. That hasn’t happened, but other enormous changes are underway.