New York Times, Colleges Face Rising Revolt by Professors:
College students across the country have been warned that campus life will look drastically different in the fall, with temperature checks at academic buildings, masks in half-empty lecture halls and maybe no football games.
What they might not expect: a lack of professors in the classroom.
Thousands of instructors at American colleges and universities have told administrators in recent days that they are unwilling to resume in-person classes because of the pandemic. ...
Faculty members at institutions including Penn State, the University of Illinois, Notre Dame and the State University of New York have signed petitions complaining that they are not being consulted and are being pushed back into classrooms too fast. ...
Many professors are calling for a sweeping no-questions-asked policy for those who want to teach remotely, saying that anything less is a violation of their privacy and their family’s privacy. But many universities are turning to their human resources departments to make decisions case by case.
New York Times Economic View: College Is Worth It, but Campus Isn’t, by Susan Dynarski (Michigan):
Each fall, millions of students head to college campuses. Most stay close to home, but many crisscross the country to study in a different state.
Students typically move into crowded housing and reconnect with friends at parties, mixers and bars. When classes start, they customarily file into large lecture halls and small seminar rooms, sitting close together, heads bent over books and laptops.
This is a joyful scene in most years. In a pandemic it would be an epidemiological nightmare. ...
As an economist, I’m frequently asked, “Is college still worth it?” My answer is almost invariably yes: The lifetime payoff to earning a college degree is so very large, in health and wealth, that it dwarfs even high tuition costs. College is an especially smart choice during a terrible job market.
But in this pandemic, the college experience has to change. Gathering students on campus is a gamble that could generate outsize risks for society and only modest benefits for students.
Paul Kellermann (Penn State), I Love Teaching at Penn State, But Going Back This Fall Is a Mistake. 1,000 of My Colleagues Agree.:
Some people, I suspect, were unaware that Penn State had a university attached to its football team. Their knowledge of Penn State begins with Joe Paterno and ends with Jerry Sandusky. But that’s not my Penn State. At my Penn State, I get to work with some of the world’s most brilliant scholars and researchers. At my Penn State, I get to teach some of the country’s most insightful and enthusiastic students. My Penn State rewards creative thinking and teaching. My colleagues and I are simply asking for the freedom to deliver our lessons the most effective way possible—and to do so safely.
- Chronicle of Higher Education, How University Finances Work in a Crisis
- Chronicle of Higher Education, A Ph.D. Student Simulated a Day in the Life of a Covid 19-Era Campus. It Went Viral, but It Wasn’t Pretty.
- Inside Higher Ed, Colleges Woo Students Back to Campus With Bargain Tuition Rates
- Inside Higher Ed, Enrollments Could Rise While Tuition Revenue Falls, Moody’s Says
- Inside Higher Ed, Mounting Faculty Concerns About the Fall Semester
- Los Angeles Times, USC Reverses Robust Fall Reopening Plans, Asks Students to Stay Home For Online Classes
- USA Today, Colleges Are Racing to Create 'a New Sense of Normalcy.' Will New Rules, COVID-19 Testing Be Enough?
- Vox, Colleges Say Campuses Can Reopen Safely. Students and Faculty Aren’t Convinced.
- Wall Street Journal, How to Get a Big Break on the Cost of College: Just Ask; The Pandemic Has Accelerated a Years-long Shift in Financial Power Toward Families, Away From Schools
- Washington Post, Coronavirus Limbo: College Students Are Angry and Anxious As They Await News About the Fall