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More than 60 colleges hit with lawsuits as students demand tuition refunds

June 27th, 2020 at 1:13 pm » Comments Off

Georgetown University, whose nearly empty campus in Washington, DC, is seen here on May 7, 2020—is one of more than 60 schools being sued by students, who are demanding a partial tuition refund after classes moved online due to the coronavirus outbreak.  At least 60 colleges and universities across the country, and perhaps as many […]



Almost half of Universities may be gone in 5 to 10 years, professor admits

June 19th, 2020 at 2:28 pm » Comments Off

  Scott Galloway, lecturer in Marketing at New York University, speaking at the DLD (Digital-Life-Design) conference in Munich, Germany, 18 January 2016. An NYU professor of business surmises that because of the effects of the coronavirus, anywhere from one-quarter to almost one-half of universities in the nation may go out of business in the next […]



Community colleges could see a surge in popularity amid Covid-19

May 25th, 2020 at 4:49 pm » Comments Off

Historically, community college enrollment spikes during economic downturns. This year, a public health crisis may draw even more students who don’t want to travel or live in a dorm. The coronavirus crisis has already changed the way this year’s crop of high school seniors are thinking about higher education. And community colleges across the country […]



Exam anxiety : How remote test-proctoring is creeping students out

May 24th, 2020 at 3:04 pm » Comments Off

As schools go remote, so do tests and so does surveillance The stranger on the Zoom call appeared to be sitting in a tent. He wore a black headset and a blue lanyard around his neck. Behind him was white plastic peppered with pictures of a padlock. “Hi,” the stranger intoned. “My name is Sharath […]



Universities are expecting 230,000 fewer students – that’s serious financial pain

May 9th, 2020 at 2:25 pm » Comments Off

Without government support, universities will struggle to provide the education people will need to rebuild their lives after Covid-19 Our universities are a vital and unique part of our society with an importance that far outweighs their considerable economic value. Yet research into the impact of Covid-19, conducted by London Economics for the University and […]



Another thing the virus could kill : More than 1,000 Colleges and Universities

May 4th, 2020 at 4:10 pm » Comments Off

CHANGED FOREVER? COVID-19 has disrupted our world in big and small ways. We have shut down as a nation to save lives. We watch the news and hear of deaths in the hundreds and thousands and wonder if we are at the peak yet. Simple acts, such as going to the grocery store or walking […]



Financial hits pile up for colleges as some fight to survive

April 25th, 2020 at 12:40 pm » Comments Off

Colleges across the nation are scrambling to close deep budget holes and some have been pushed to the brink of collapse after the coronavirus outbreak triggered financial losses that could total more than $100 million at some institutions. Scores of colleges say they’re taking heavy hits as they refund money to students for housing, dining […]



University holds graduation using robot ‘avatars’ for students: ‘They took it a step further’

April 18th, 2020 at 12:17 pm » Comments Off

A college in Japan has found a high-tech way to ensure its students can still walk across the stage at graduation — sort of. The students at the Business BreakThrough University (BBT), like many graduates around the world, risked having their ceremony canceled due to the current global health crisis. However, BBT found a solution. […]



Coronavirus Silver Lining: Easier To Get Into Many Top Colleges

April 6th, 2020 at 10:44 am » Comments Off

If there is a glimmer of brightness in the current plague besetting the planet, it may be that high school seniors in the United States are suddenly more likely than ever to get the proverbial “fat envelopes” or acceptance letters from their dream schools, as colleges send out final letters of admission in the coming […]



This Colorado college will start offering a cannabis major in the fall

February 18th, 2020 at 12:17 pm » Comments Off

(CNN) Students on Colorado State University’s Pueblo campus will have the option to study cannabis beginning this fall.  State officials on Friday approved a bachelor’s of science degree program in Cannabis Biology and Chemistry, according to the Colorado Department of Higher Education, which said it was one of the first such programs in the country. […]



How An Unlimited Supply Of Borrowed Cash Is Destroying Higher Education

December 31st, 2019 at 12:37 pm » Comments Off

Both of us grew up poor. College was our way out of poverty. Now, we see too many young people locked into poverty by a college education. “You have to go to college” was an article of faith when we were growing up in poor families. Now we wonder if our ticket out of poverty […]



Colleges are turning students’ phones into surveillance machines, tracking the locations of hundreds of thousands

December 30th, 2019 at 12:14 pm » Comments Off

Syracuse University is among the dozens of schools in the United States that use tracking systems to monitor students’ academic performance, analyze their conduct or assess their mental health. When Syracuse University freshmen walk into professor Jeff Rubin’s Introduction to Information Technologies class, seven small Bluetooth beacons hidden around the Grant Auditorium lecture hall connect […]



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