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Friday 5: Things To Ponder This Week In Higher Ed 3/13/20

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Updates on Covid-19 and Higher Education

Covid-19 responses and updates continue to fill our news feeds this week as institutions address study abroad programs, and colleges and universities begin shifting classes online.  The Chronicle offers guidance on quickly moving classes online and continues to update on Covid-19’s impact on colleges and universities.  WCET also provides resources for addressing Covid-19.  NPR reports this week on 6 ways universities are responding to Covid-19 including supporting international students.


Department of Education Releases Covid-19 Guidance

The Department of Education offers guidance regarding Federal Financial Aid compliance.  Specifically, recommendations cover students who are unable to finish or start a scheduled study abroad due to coronavirus and students who cannot attend class due to quarantine or illness.  Additional guidance addresses students who fall below 12 credit hour minimum due to internship or class cancellation as a result of Covid-19. The Department of Education provides options and flexibility with regards to moving education online including: approval to offer distance education on a temporary basis, permitting accrediting agencies to wave distance education review requirements andre-examining residential requirements.


Tips and Recommendations from NYU-Shanghai

NYU-Shanghai’s campus was one of the first world-wide to shift classes online in response to Covid-19.  Faculty are sharing resources they have found particularly helpful and also challenges they’re facing. Recommendations include investigating using Slack for asynchronous discussions and OBS to record lectures.


NCAA and the Coronavirus

As the Ivy League announced this week it has cancelled its basketball tournament, much attention is being focused on the NCAA and its response to the coronavirus. With March Madness beginning, teams competing in the NCAA Division III men’s first and second round games played with no fans present as Johns Hopkins prohibited fan attendance and opted to refund tickets.  Tournament play occurs at multiple venues across the nation creating a complicated situation for the NCAA to address. It has responded by creating a six member coronavirus advisory panel which will provide recommendations based on public health.


Conference Cancellations Due to Coronavirus

Inside Higher Ed this week takes a look at the growing number of conferences cancelled due to concern about the spread of coronavirus.  In the last week, the American Council on Education, the American Association of Community Colleges, and the American Educational Research Association have all announced conference cancellations.  Inside Higher Ed and The Chronicle have shared opinion pieces about the implications of cancelling conferences and whether virtual options, moving conferences online and the like, create a comparable professional development opportunity.

Author: Meg Foster
March 13, 2020
Comments 1
  • Aaron W. Hughey
    Aaron W. Hughey

    This information is very helpful. Especially the conference cancellations. I’ve been getting information regularly about the decision-making process of a couple of professional meetings I am slated to attend. We are meeting via Zoom on our campus for committee meetings, etc. Anyway, thanks for providing this service.

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