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Scott Atlas Quits White House Post

Dec. 1, 6:22 a.m. Scott Atlas today dec 1 resigned from his White House position advising President Trump on coronavirus issues.

He posted his letter of resignation -- with praise for the president's efforts -- on Twitter.

Atlas has been on leave as a senior fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution.

Report: Big Ten Voted to Cancel Football Season

University presidents in the Big Ten Conference, one of the NCAA Division I “Power Five” conferences, voted to cancel the 2020 football season, The Detroit Free Press reported.

Boston University Plans for Possibility of Delayed Fall Term

Boston University is planning for the possibility that the start of the fall term might need to be delayed until January 2021, “in which case summer 2021 academics would replace those now planned for fall 2020.” BU acknowledged the possibility in announcing the development of a universitywide COVID-19 Recovery Plan and the formation of five working groups focused on questions of remote and online working, graduate and professional programs, undergraduate programs, research, and student residential life.

Governors Call for $500 Billion in Federal Aid

The governors of Maryland and New York on Saturday made a bipartisan request for $500 billion from the federal government to meet budgetary shortfalls resulting from the pandemic and financial crisis. Some of those shortfalls are certain to be passed on to public colleges and universities in most states, under current financial projections.

Students File Class Action Seeking Tuition Reimbursement

Students attending Miami and Drexel universities are trying to take their respective institutions to court, arguing they should be reimbursed for costs including tuition after campuses closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Civil Liberties Groups Push Title IX Rule Release

Two civil liberties groups have urged the U.S. Department of Education not to delay the release of proposed regulations under Title IX, the law prohibiting sex discrimination in institutions that receive federal funding, despite institutions’ occupation with the coronavirus pandemic.

AAMC Wants Better COVID-19 Data Collection Because of Health Disparities

The Association of American Medical Colleges is calling for a national standardized data collection system to accurately capture information about race, ethnicity, social conditions and environmental conditions affecting the spread of illness.

Survey: Challenges for Online Tutoring Programs

Results from a survey conducted by Primary Research Group show how colleges have moved their tutoring programs online. The 32 respondents, primarily tutoring program directors from U.S. colleges and universities, described problems in training student tutors. They also provided details about the software their institutions are using in online tutoring and the extent of those programs.

Higher Ed Groups Call for $47 Billion in Federal Aid

Colleges and universities need a $46.6 billion infusion from Congress to “at least partially restore institutions,” wrote 41 education groups to congressional leaders.

To come up with the figure, the groups estimated that an additional $12 billion is necessary for need-based financial aid because more students and their families will see a reduction in their wages. 

Survey: Students Worried About Switch to Online

Many college students are worried about the switch to remote learning, according to a survey from Barnes & Noble Education.


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