More Colleges Revise Fall Plans. Among The Latest: American University, Penn, William And Mary, And Ohio University

More Colleges Revise Fall Plans. Among The Latest: American University, Penn, William And Mary, And Ohio University

August is traditionally the month when colleges begin to welcome new and returning students to campus. It’s one of the most upbeat moments in the rhythm of the academic calendar - novel, noisy, and nervous. This year, however, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage, August is more likely to be remembered as the month when colleges went eerily silent, forced to accept the reality that not only has the virus not receded enough to allow safe re-openings of campus, its transmission has surged once again. The result? A daily drumbeat of announcements from colleges - large and small, public and private, on the coasts and in the heartland - that they are postponing opening dates, converting from in-person to on-line instruction, or limiting how many students could be on campus. Early last week, several major universities, including Duke, Miami University, West Virginia, Washington State, and George Washington, announced they were pulling back from their original reopening plans. By week’s end, several more institutions revealed they were also revising their approach. Here are some of the latest decisions: American University. Following the District of Columbia implementing a mandatory 14-day quarantine for people from 27 states, American University reversed its original plan and announced that fall semester undergraduate and graduate courses would be entirely online with no residential experience. The University took several steps to cushion the impact of the decision, including: • An increase of $13 million in financial aid; • Waiver of the sports center fee and reductions in student activity fees. Ohio University. Although the University ...
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