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sity attendance next year based on the cost of tuition — let alone out-of-state tuition — if they’re going to do distance learning. Well, I want those students who are thinking about that to know we’re not going to be on the ground either. If you’re coming home because you think you’re going to have on-the-ground classes in a commu- nity college, that’s not the case. I’m not exposing you to that sort of risk.
And, of course, for our existing students, I want them to be able to make plans and know if they’re struggling with distance learning and want to think about different options, they should do that. But that’s the kind of information I think we need to be very transparent about.
I’m a little surprised, to be perfectly honest with you, that more colleges haven’t announced what they’re doing for fall.
There’s nothing that I’m looking at in the model- ing that they don’t have access to. There’s no deci- sion that I’m making that is going to be judged premature and overly pessimistic in retrospect. The data is in front of us and all the public health experts are saying the same thing — that social distancing is around for a long time.
There’s no way to guarantee social distancing in a typical university or college setting with typical classrooms. Not only can we not assure six feet of distance between students in classrooms, but we’ve just been spending the last few days trying to figure out how we’re going to do it in labs and studios.
It’s incredibly complicated getting students out of the classroom through one or two doors and maintaining a six-foot distance. Getting them down the halls, getting them through the ingress and egress doors of the building itself, if students are leaving classes all at one time in the schedule. That’s incredibly complicated. It’s a logistical chal- lenge. To think about doing it with 27,000 stu- dents is out of the question. It’s going to be really hard just to manage with a couple of thousand students.
Resources for Higher Ed
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Refer your college students to these services to help them keep up with school work.
11 Considerations for Resuming In-Person Instruction in the COVID-19 Era
A new set of guidelines from the American College Health Association has provided a run-down of key considerations for safely reopening institutions of higher education.
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for Online Learning
As more and more colleges and universities have shut down their campuses to curb the spread of COVID-19, education technology companies have stepped forward to help move student learning to the virtual realm.
9 Steps to Make Online Education
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Video lectures may have worked as a stop-gap measure in the emergency move to online learning, but they just don’t cut it for the long term. Here are nine ways to bring distance education courses to the next level.
New Johns Hopkins Tracking Map
Delves Deeper into U.S. COVID-19 Data Johns Hopkins University has launched a United States-specific COVID-19 tracking map with comprehensive county- and state- level data.
Amazon Initiative Offers Resources for Educators Switching to Remote Learning Amazon Web Services Education has introduced a set of free resources intended to help teachers and faculty in K-20 with their transitions to remote teaching and learning.

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