In this week’s Wednesday roundup:
Considerations of a second wave, refocusing recruitment efforts and AP exams begin.
Stay tuned each Wednesday for our roundup on trends we’re seeing across institutions, how individual schools are responding and what national policy changes are affecting higher ed in the times of COVID-19.
Week of May 6-12
- Predictions for a second wave of COVID-19 cases in summer and fall are exacerbating the already difficult decisions institutions must make about returning to campus.
- A new 10-4 cycle model, created at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, takes advantage of the three-day latent period between a person becoming infected and the time that person can infect others with the virus. The model shows promise in minimizing the infection rate while maintaining economic activity.
- Some institutions are considering ways to offer more robust remote classes in case they are unable to bring students back to campus in the fall.
- California State University Chancellor Timothy P. White announced on May 12 that a majority of fall classes across the system’s 23 campuses will be conducted online.
- As many college-bound students set their sights on local options and/or prepare for gap years years amidst the pandemic, institutions are stepping up out-of-state and international student recruitment efforts. Some schools are considering ways to remove barriers and streamline the transfer process to encourage applicants from low-income, military and community college backgrounds.
- Some private institutions are lowering on-campus tuition prices, making them more affordable than many public colleges. At least one college is price-matching flagship schools in five surrounding states.
- The International Town and Gown Association (ITGA) reports that college towns are already experiencing massive losses as a result of the pandemic.
- Top federal health officials testified virtually before the Senate about reopening work and schools amid the coronavirus pandemic. A link to the full committee hearing, COVID-19: Safely Getting Back to Work and Back to School, is available online.
- The College Board administered its first online Advanced Placement exams on May 11.