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    Colleges are changing the status quo to make curriculum more inclusive

    Protests this summer increased pressure on institutions to replace words with actions, but internal procedures and budgets can be limiting factors.

    Kelly Field • Nov. 24, 2020
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    How COVID-19 is changing the business of online learning for colleges

    The sector went remote in a flash. We explore how the changes could impact the kind of virtual instruction schools offer.

    Natalie Schwartz, Hallie Busta and Jeremy Bauer-Wolf • Oct. 20, 2020
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    Did colleges' quick move online ready faculty for a long-term shift?

    You can't "unexpand what people now know," one instructor said. But logistics, cost and burnout are likely barriers to permanent virtual expansion.

    Hallie Busta • Oct. 20, 2020
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    Hands-on professional programs weigh a future online

    The pandemic forced disciplines such as medicine and law to make unforeseen and unprecedented adjustments that may stick around.

    Jeremy Bauer-Wolf • Oct. 20, 2020
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    Colleges look to OPMs as pandemic intensifies shift online

    The companies are helping schools quickly move online while laying groundwork for future business, accelerating pre-pandemic trends.

    Natalie Schwartz • Oct. 20, 2020
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    How colleges are helping Latinx students cope with the pandemic

    These students' biggest needs are funding, technology and emotional support, according to recent surveys and student affairs professionals.

    Kelly Field • Sept. 18, 2020
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    U of Arizona and Ashford are the latest case study in online expansion

    Faculty pushed back on officials' plan to buy the for-profit university as a way to quickly scale online, while regents are promising oversight. 

    Hallie Busta • Updated Aug. 25, 2020
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    Why UNC's plan to reopen its flagship campus unraveled so fast

    Partisan governance is complicating the system's ability to respond to the pandemic, faculty and outside observers say.

    Jeremy Bauer-Wolf • Aug. 19, 2020
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    How colleges fared in the Paycheck Protection Program

    More than 670 nonprofit colleges and around 100 affiliated organizations each received at least $150,000 in loans, our analysis shows.

    Natalie Schwartz • Aug. 19, 2020
  • Will colleges' shift to sustainable investing continue amid the pandemic?

    Advocates of basing investment performance on more than just returns say the crisis makes a case for broader change.

    Hallie Busta • Aug. 14, 2020
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    Colleges look to apps that screen for virus symptoms and trace contacts

    But privacy concerns are causing some schools to reconsider their options for tracking and preventing the spread of the coronavirus on campus.

    Natalie Schwartz • Aug. 12, 2020
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    Sex, masks and parties: Can colleges actually change student behavior?

    Reopening plans relied heavily on expectations students would follow rules that limit the scope of campus life. But their schools had a role to play.

    Hallie Busta and Jeremy Bauer-Wolf • Aug. 7, 2020
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    Will single dorm rooms be enough to ensure safe campus housing this fall?

    Some colleges are scrambling to provide private rooms for students, but it may not prevent coronavirus outbreaks and could eat away at revenue.

    Natalie Schwartz • July 20, 2020
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    Contracts, masks and apps: Colleges set new rules for campus life

    Coronavirus health and safety requirements run counter to what students may expect, and experts say they could be challenging to implement.

    Alia Wong • July 17, 2020
  • Pennsylvania's public colleges got the green light for major reform

    New legislation allows the beleaguered state system to consolidate campuses and share services to save money, but it's unclear whether leaders will do so.

    Jeremy Bauer-Wolf • July 13, 2020
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    Why some colleges aren't reviewing SAT and ACT scores

    Experts say the pandemic may lead more schools to give up standardized tests altogether.

    Jeremy Bauer-Wolf • June 30, 2020
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    Is this the end for college admissions tests?

    With testing sites closed and fewer colleges requiring students to take the SAT or ACT, longtime frustrations with their makers are simmering.

    Jeremy Bauer-Wolf • June 30, 2020
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    How Texas' community colleges will help the state recover from its latest oil and gas bust

    College leaders are preparing to retrain state residents by offering short-term credentials and teaching recession-proof skills. 

    Natalie Schwartz • June 24, 2020
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    Booms, busts and shopping malls: How community colleges are revamping workforce development

    New learning models and partnerships aim to address issues affecting higher ed widely and could be vital in recovering from the pandemic.

    Natalie Schwartz • June 24, 2020
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    In a former shopping mall, Austin Community College sees a new way to learn

    The system is experimenting with an unconventional kind of learning space it hopes will help students engage and find support services.

    Natalie Schwartz • June 24, 2020
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    Workforce academies elevate dual enrollment at one community college

    South Texas College enrolls several hundred high school students in programs preparing them for jobs in the high-poverty region's changing economy.

    Natalie Schwartz • June 24, 2020
  • Can colleges pull off widespread coronavirus testing?

    A linchpin of campus reopening plans, screening students, faculty and staff for the virus presents considerable costs and logistical challenges.

    Alia Wong • June 16, 2020
  • Plan to monitor colleges' financial health renews oversight debate

    House Democrats' proposal to surveil struggling schools doesn't go far enough to predict which institutions are at risk of closure, observers say.

    Jeremy Bauer-Wolf • May 27, 2020
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    Uncertain when campuses can open, colleges make their fall plans flexible

    By splitting up courses and preparing for online classes, some schools hope to make the term easier to adapt as the public health situation changes.

    Alia Wong • May 18, 2020
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    How 3 small colleges in turnaround mode are adapting to the pandemic

    Leaders from Hampshire, Goddard and St. John's colleges share how the crisis is affecting ongoing efforts to revamp their operations.

    Natalie Schwartz • May 11, 2020