Higher Education
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The class divide in college classes

Higher Education | Elite schools can afford to play it safe during the coronavirus pandemic
by Esther Eaton
Posted 7/29/20, 09:22 pm

With a month of unknowns left before the start of college classes, a clear class divide has opened between the college “haves”—those institutions with deep pockets and an elite brand—and all the rest.

In short, the “haves” can afford to minimize COVID-19 risk by keeping classes online or going to a hybrid model. They have big endowments. Their diplomas confer status that students don’t want to give up. For the rest, whether Christian or secular, not fully opening will pre­sent risks that apparently outweigh COVID-19 concerns.

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Illustration by Krieg Barrie

Taxpayer-funded riches

Higher Education
by The Editors
Posted 7/29/20, 05:04 pm


The average total pay for presidents of taxpayer-supported public universities in 2019, according to a report by The Chronicle of Higher Education. Nineteen public university presidents received more than $1 million in total pay, and another 13 received more than $900,000. One president, Dale Whittaker of the University of Central Florida, received $600,000 in severance pay in 2019 after serving on the job for seven months and then leaving amid a scandal involving the misappropriation of funds by subordinates.

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Officials feud over back-to-school plans

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 7/08/20, 04:11 pm

The same day New York City announced it would mix online and in-person classes in the fall, President Donald Trump warned he may pull federal dollars from schools that don’t put kids in the classroom. Vice President Mike Pence later suggested the government could tie further coronavirus aid to schools’ reopening plans. Many districts say they cannot afford the recommended measures to keep students safe from the disease if they all attend at the same time. “The Dems think it would be bad for them politically if U.S.

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