Coronavirus Cases Around Colleges and Universities

Coronavirus Cases Around Colleges and Universities

Colleges and universities across the country are located in communities where COVID-19 infections are trending in different directions at different points in time. The following resources are based on county-level case data for August and several weeks of September, adjusted for the number of residents in each county. While they don’t show case counts on campus, specifically, they provide insight into the complex ways the pandemic unfolded across the country as some colleges resumed in person classes this fall and others continued remote learning.

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Stress from coronavirus changed the plans of high school students - Jun 23

Colleges should expect more students to attend college close to home and to look for low-cost options.

For regional public colleges, admission season isn't over - Jun 21

For regional public colleges and universities, challenges of the year are outlasting the pandemic.

Santa Fe Community College cuts five programs - Jun 17

Santa Fe Community College cut academic programs and faculty after steep enrollment drops and revenue losses during the pandemic.

Faculty want money for new hires. Budget officers aren't sure - Jun 14

The California Community College System could get a $170 million boost in state funding to hire full-time faculty members. The system's budget officers aren't thrilled about it.

College Board analyzes who went to college last year and who didn't - Jun 7

College Board analysis is latest to find that community colleges suffered more than four-year colleges, but report also suggests that four-year colleges saw a loss of students with higher grades. And some states saw gains in enrollment at four-year colleges.

Education Department Releases COVID-19 Handbook for Higher Ed - Jun 7

The Department of Education has released a COVID-19 resource guide to provide information for higher education institutions about how to safely reopen for in-person instruction.

White House Kicks Off College Vaccine Challenge - Jun 4

The Biden administration has launched an initiative called the COVID-19 College Challenge for colleges and universities to encourage their students, faculty and staff to get vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Community colleges launch new plans for campus housing - Jun 4

Community college leaders and lawmakers are reinvigorating their efforts to provide housing for students after the pandemic shined a spotlight on housing insecurity.

Chairs say faculty influence declined during COVID-19 - Jun 3

New survey finds 24 percent of faculty senate chairs say faculty influence declined during COVID-19. Fifteen percent of chairs say it increased. Survey also delves into faculty say in budget decisions, voided handbooks, contracts and more.

AAUP finds major erosion of shared governance during COVID-19 - May 26

AAUP investigation finds eight institutions flouted academic governance norms during COVID-19, as did other institutions that were not subject to the inquiry. The group warns that institutions will continue to challenge these norms even as the pandemic ends.

New initiative to re-enroll thousands of HBCU students - May 25

A new initiative aims to bring back 4,000 students who stopped out of private historically Black colleges and universities and guide them to graduation with one-on-one coaching. Public HBCUs are doing similar outreach to students, especially those who left during the pandemic.

Quincy College Graduates Each Receive $1,000 Gift - May 25

Quincy College students received two envelopes at their commencement ceremony Friday. One envelope read “gift” and contained $500 for each student; the other envelope read “give” and held $500 for each student to gift to others.

Most institutions are resuming or even restoring the retirement benefits cut during COVID-19 - May 24

For the most part, institutions are resuming the faculty and staff retirement benefits they cut or stopped during the pandemic. Fights over the future of those benefits are being waged on some campuses.


Colleges mark end of tumultuous year with graduations - May 21

Whether in person or virtual, colleges and universities try to make this year's commencements joyous.

Colleges scramble to incorporate new CDC guidance on masking into their plans - May 20

As colleges consider how to incorporate new CDC guidance for vaccinated individuals into their planning, some lift mask mandates. Others say not so fast.

Indian higher education could be damaged 'beyond repair' by COVID-19 - May 14

Experts fear higher education could be damaged “beyond repair” by COVID-19 catastrophe.

Pell Grant Recipients Eligible for Discounted Broadband Program - May 13

The Federal Communications Commission, in partnership with the Department of Education, has launched a nationwide program providing discounted internet access to all Pell Grant recipients for the 2020-21 award year.

The Emergency Broadband Benefit program offers a discount of up to $50 per month on broadband service for eligible households and $75 per month for households on tribal lands. Participants in the program can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer or tablet.

Athletes pressure Clemson into reinstating team, conducting Title IX review - May 11

A landmark settlement between Clemson University and men's track and field and cross-country athletes got the team reinstated. A separate agreement promises women athletes equitable financial aid and other benefits.

Vaccines and containment mean fewer COVID-19 cases at colleges - May 10

Though infections are still ever-present, cases of COVID-19 are slowing down at colleges and universities.

For some Black colleges, this is a great year in admissions - May 10

For some historically Black colleges, this is a breakthrough year -- despite the long odds created by the pandemic. Morgan State, North Carolina A&T and Spelman are having notable years.

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