The pandemic, economy and political situation are all causes of chronic stress that require leaders to take care of themselves, help people who seem to be withdrawing and communicate an optimistic but realistic message about the future, writes Michael Lee Stallard. "Effective leaders continually look ahead, scanning the horizon for opportunities as well as possible disruptive challenges or threats, and they prepare to address them," he writes.
A new study published in the journal JAMA Network Open recommends that students on campus be screened frequently, as often as every two days, for the best chance of keeping the campus safe from the coronavirus. If a school is unable to do frequent screening and strict protocols, it should seriously consider not reopening the campus, the study's lead author said.
A group of Pac-12 football players is demanding that the conference do more to protect their health and promote social justice, or they will boycott. Under the #WeAreUnited hashtag, the group also wants half of conference revenue to be divided evenly among athletes and 2% to go to community and development initiatives and low-income Black students.
Thirty tenured professors, in an open letter, are telling students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to stay home this semester. In addition, faculty and staff are expected to file a lawsuit asking that the campus remain closed; the university has not responded.
The University of Pennsylvania is being asked by a group of alumni and faculty to financially support Philadelphia's public schools. The groups want the university, which is tax exempt, to give the schools $36.4 million, about 40% of its estimated property tax, which as a nonprofit it doesn't pay.
The University of Arizona is expanding digitally with the University of Arizona Global Campus, made possible by the acquisition of the for-profit college Ashford University. The deal will add 35,000 online students to Arizona's 4,200 online students.
UMass Boston is increasing its virtual learning capabilities to better connect students and staff.
Serving ESL/ELL students during remote learning translates into unique challenges.
More high-school students are expected to enroll in dual-enrollment courses -- particularly online -- this year at Jefferson State Community College in Alabama. Scholarships also are available for high-schoolers interested in enrolling in the courses, including in nursing, welding and computer science.
Some students who aren't allowed to live in dorms this fall have found a work around. They are renting houses and apartments near each other to create a sense of community they had hoped to find on campus.