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May 19, 2020
Amid Campus Closures, Majority of International Students Remained
Karin Fischer, Open Campus
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Khuslen Tulga is one of 55 students, almost all international, still living at Hamilton College after the coronavirus outbreak ended in-person classes and sent most students off campus. Her days are marked by video calls to her grandparents, who raised her, in Mongolia. The internet is her only tether home after the pandemic closed the country’s borders.

The abrupt end to the semester and the transition to remote learning has been difficult for everyone. But international students like Tulga—far from family and often with little sense of when they might return home—are among the most vulnerable.

What It's Gonna Take
Elizabeth Redden, Inside Higher Ed
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As college administrators across the country continue announcing plans to reopen their institutions this fall, two important questions have been largely lost in the debates over those decisions. What will it take for colleges to reopen responsibly as long as there is no vaccine or treatment for COVID-19—and how realistic is it that colleges can put measures in place by fall?

Photo: Mai Ly Degnan
Pandemic Spurs a Student's College Plan Pivot
Michel Martin, NPR
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For high school seniors, this is the time of year that usually means prom, preparing for graduation and, most importantly, considering next steps, whether that's college or a training program or a gap year.

But there's nothing usual about this semester for the class of 2020. In this interview, a high school graduate discusses the impact of the coronavirus on her future education and career goals.

Uncertain When Campuses Can Open, Colleges Make Their Fall Plans Flexible
Alia Wong, Education Dive
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Residential colleges are scrambling to get and provide clarity as to how the COVID-19 pandemic might alter their educational offerings.

With open-ended contingency plans in tow, college leaders are adapting at least a portion of students' coursework—and elements of campus life, such as clubs and events—to remote platforms. Others are restructuring the academic term. Some are experimenting with a combination of these strategies. 

Essay: How College Students Can Help Reopen America
Terry Hartle and David A. Stone, Inside Higher Ed
Blog: Contextualizing the 15 Fall Scenarios
Edward J. Maloney and Joshua Kim, Learning Innovation
COVID-19 Shutdowns Are Hitting Low-Income Workers Especially Hard
Neeta P. Fogg and Paul E. Harrington, New England Journal of Higher Education
With Anxiety and Dread, Dreamers Await Supreme Court Ruling
Maria Recio, Austin American-Statesman
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