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May 1, 2020
What’s Behind Colleges’ Bullish Statements on Their Fall Plans?
Nell Gluckman, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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This week, presidents and chancellors at residential college campuses have begun weighing in on what reopening might look like amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In campuswide emails and FAQs on their colleges’ websites, they’ve attempted to answer the question on so many people’s minds: What will happen in August when the fall semester is supposed to start?

It’s no surprise that college leaders are struggling to find the right formula, says David Karpf, an associate professor of media and public affairs at George Washington University. There has never before been anything like this in the modern history of higher education.

How Community Colleges Are Planning for the Fall, and Beyond
Paul Fain, The Key With Inside Higher Ed
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The disruption caused by the pandemic poses challenges for all colleges and universities. But community colleges typically had tight budgets before the crisis, and serve the largest share of the nation's most vulnerable students.

In this podcast, Steven Johnson of Sinclair Community College offers insight into the key questions facing today's community college leaders. He also discusses budget planning and the enrollment picture at his own institution—plus how Sinclair is maintaining its robust prison education programs amid the pandemic.

A New Reality for Student Parents: Teaching Their Children’s Classes While Taking Their Own
Adria Watson, CALmatters
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Before the coronavirus, Katie Self followed a predictable routine that consisted of getting her three children ready for school and then hitting the books herself at Fresno City College. 

Now, because of the pandemic, the single parent has added a new responsibility to her meticulous schedule: managing her children’s education at home. 

As K-12 schools and colleges move to remote learning, many families have more than one generation homeschooling under the same roof. Advocates for students with children say they need extra support from colleges and universities so they don't fall behind in their education.

For Aspiring College Students, Pandemic Has Created 'Debilitating' Uncertainty
Elissa Nadworny, NPR
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Alex Jones finds it difficult to concentrate these days. Holed up in a two-bedroom apartment with, at times, four other people, the high school senior spends her days taking AP tests, working remotely, and daydreaming about college.

Jones has committed to Cornell University. But even that feels bittersweet.

Students across the country are navigating this traditionally exciting time with more than a bit of uncertainty and apprehension. It's unclear what college will look like in the fall, but students and families are having to make decisions now, despite worries about financial aid, travel, and a highly contagious disease.

BOGO Sale at Your Local Community College
Madeline St. Amour, Inside Higher Ed
Do Students Feel Prepared to Learn Online?
Laura Ascione, eCampus News
Blog: Fall Scenario #6: Structured Gap Year
Edward J. Maloney and Joshua Kim, Learning Innovation
Primer for States on College Closures
Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed
Commentary: Community Colleges Will Be Essential to California’s Recovery
Jenny Worley and Shanell Williams, San Francisco Examiner
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