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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources

WICHE is closely monitoring the outbreak of “SARS-CoV-2,” and the disease it causes, which has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”). To inform and facilitate your response to a rapidly changing situation, WICHE has compiled the following set of resources, which will be updated as new information becomes available.

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Medical Students Were Sidelined by Coronavirus. Now They’re Volunteering to Battle the Pandemic.

59 min 34 sec ago
The Covid-19 Student Service Corps mobilized more than 800 volunteers to handle phone lines, teach classes, and help researchers.
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During Covid-19, One College’s Virtual Chat Offers Hope for the Fall

April 2, 2020 - 5:30pm
An admissions officer braced for tough questions about college in the pandemic. But the Class of 2024 wanted to talk about other things.
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How Are Colleges Contributing to the ‘War Effort’ Against the Coronavirus?

April 2, 2020 - 4:25pm
Medical masks, ventilator designs, food pantries. Even as the pandemic has closed campuses, it has renewed many faculty and staff members’ sense of purpose about their role in the community. Please share your efforts with us.
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‘I Was Horrified’: For Millions of Borrowers, the Coronavirus Stimulus Law Offers No Relief

April 2, 2020 - 4:22pm
Borrowers with commercially held federal student loans have options. But forcing them to make difficult decisions during a public-health crisis could put them at risk financially.
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Coronavirus Complicates an Already Tricky Balancing Act for Adult Learners

April 2, 2020 - 12:26pm
The pandemic poses additional challenges to students juggling coursework with full-time jobs, child care, and elder care.
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‘Zoomed Out’: Why ‘Live’ Teaching Isn’t Always the Best

April 2, 2020 - 2:00am
Now that it’s clear the move to emergency online teaching will last more than a couple of weeks, professors may have to readjust their plans.
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In Closing Dorms, Colleges Hoped to Limit Coronavirus’s Spread. Did Spring-Breakers Thwart That Plan?

April 1, 2020 - 7:22pm
Some students went straight home. But others traveled to beaches and attended parties, potentially infecting others.
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A French Scientist Says He Can Cure Covid-19. Other Researchers Have Their Doubts

April 1, 2020 - 4:31pm
Didier Raoult’s study is attracting attention from high-profile politicians and commentators, as well as criticism from some colleagues.
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Coronavirus Has Choked Off Revenues for Private Colleges. How Much Cash Do They Have on Hand?

April 1, 2020 - 3:12pm
As tuition revenues dry up and summer auxiliary revenues evaporate, private colleges will need to rely on their savings and lines of credit to get by.
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Coronavirus Delays Chinese College-Entrance Exam

April 1, 2020 - 1:19pm
China will delay the gaokao by a month because of the outbreak.
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How the Coronavirus Is Prompting Higher-Ed Grantmakers to Change Course

April 1, 2020 - 2:00am
The Chronicle spoke with leaders from six foundations who give $370 million annually to colleges and other higher-ed organizations. Here’s what they said they’re prioritizing.
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As Liberty University Reports First Covid-19 Case, Students and Parents Grapple With Conflicting Information

March 30, 2020 - 6:38pm
President Jerry Falwell Jr. said it was safe to return to campus. Others called that view “reckless.” Students must decide what to believe.
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Covid-19: The Crisis That Launched 1,000 Student Surveys

March 30, 2020 - 4:07pm
As college leaders fret about the pandemic’s impact on enrollments, a flurry of findings suggests what prospective students are thinking. But is this data useful?
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10 Tips to Support Students in a Stressful Shift to Online Learning

March 30, 2020 - 3:26pm
As professors become colleges’ primary or even sole point of contact for many students, the faculty role in meeting students’ emotional needs will matter more than ever.
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Ritual, Rhythm, Community: Everything Higher Ed Does Best, the Coronavirus Attacks

March 27, 2020 - 12:00pm
The Covid-19 pandemic has closed campuses across the nation, upending the familiar signposts of residential college life.
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As Covid-19 Erases Line Between Work and Home, Professors Learn to Teach Remotely While Watching Their Kids

March 27, 2020 - 11:52am
Colleges’ move to emergency online instruction because of the coronavirus has coincided with school and day-care closures. Here’s what that looks like for instructors with children.
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Colleges That Closed Dorms Amid Pandemic Are Refunding Students’ Money, Right? Not Everywhere

March 27, 2020 - 11:50am
Petitions for housing and dining refunds are cropping up around the country, but there is no uniform approach for reimbursement.
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U. of Rochester Will Pay $9.4 Million to Settle Long-Running Sexual-Harassment Battle

March 27, 2020 - 10:02am
The settlement resolves a dispute with former faculty members and students, who alleged that the university had defamed and retaliated against them for complaining about a tenured professor’s conduct.
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For Many Graduate Students, Covid-19 Pandemic Highlights Inequities

March 26, 2020 - 6:31pm
It’s disrupted their research and funding, muddied the job-market waters, and complicated questions about their status at their institution.
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If the Coronavirus Collapses State Budgets, What Will Happen to Public Colleges?

March 26, 2020 - 6:08pm
The Great Recession showed how a crisis can fuel state disinvestment. “If past is prologue,” one university official said, “we have reason to be concerned.”
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