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Tuesday, Jul. 14, 2020

As negotiators shook hands on the revised North American free trade agreement, they couldn't have foreseen the fundamental upheaval their countries would soon be facing thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.

If the Trudeau government is looking to celebrate something this Canada Day, it may be the relative security of the status quo that was more or less preserved in the talks.

"Bullet dodged" — that's how Brett House, Scotiabank's deputy chief economist, summed things up for CBC News last weekend.

Monday, Jul. 13, 2020

Colleges say campuses can reopen safely. Students and faculty aren’t convinced.

Campuses plan to open with widespread testing, socially distanced classrooms, and mandated masks, but will that be enough to curb an outbreak?

Monday, Jul. 13, 2020

Jenny Root is used to receiving emails about the coronavirus from Florida State University: They come every few days, updating employees on the latest travel advice and estimates for when campus might reopen.

When the Friday afternoon email arrived, Root, who has a 7-month-old daughter, was pumping. Phone in one hand, she scrolled until an unfamiliar subhead caught her attention: “Remote Work Update.”

Monday, Jul. 13, 2020

International students won an unexpected reprieve as the Trump administration backed off plans to curtail optional practical training, the popular work program for international graduates, in the wake of a lobbying effort by colleges, employers, and even some Republican members of Congress.

Monday, Jul. 13, 2020

The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has significantly disrupted Americans’ livelihoods.  Since March 2020, United States businesses and their workers have faced extensive disruptions while undertaking certain public health measures necessary to flatten the curve of COVID-19 and reduce the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.  The overall unemployment rate in the United States nearly quadrupled between February and May of 2020 — producing some of the most extreme unemployment ever recorded by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Monday, Jul. 13, 2020

At least 60 colleges and universities across the country, and perhaps as many as 100 or more, are now being sued by students who believe they were short-changed when their in-person college experience was replaced by an online one as schools shut down campuses this spring due to the coronavirus pandemic. The students are demanding a refund on tuition and fees equal to the difference between what they paid for in advance and the instruction and educational services they actually received.

Thursday, Jun. 18, 2020

As America begins to safely reopen, I’m confident the resilience and tenacity of American workers and entrepreneurs will help our economy recover. Thankfully, Congress has already passed four pieces of major legislation to both combat COVID-19 and help workers and businesses who have been hurt. But much more needs to be done.

Thursday, Jun. 18, 2020

igher education has been in a state of crisis for more than a decade. Student loan debt has more than doubled since the Great Recession to $1.5 trillion in 2018. Coupled with a massive decline in tuition revenues, many colleges and universities are on the verge of collapse. In response to the financial hardship that forced tuition down and debt to rise, university administrators cut costs. They did this by hiring part-time instructors without benefits and subcontracting staff positions to push down wages and to save the university money.

Thursday, Jun. 18, 2020

Universities are places of teaching and learning, but also of knowledge creation and discovery. Most people view the distinction of college vs. university as teaching vs. research, undergraduate-only vs. undergraduate and graduate/professional, liberal arts vs. comprehensive, or even small vs. large. And while there may be truth to some of these distinctions, the simplest explanation is that a college typically stands alone, whereas a university comprises multiple colleges or schools, and includes both undergraduate and graduate programs.

Thursday, Jun. 18, 2020

As an educator for U.C. Riverside, Michael P. Toothman, PMP, has worked in higher education for the past 15 years. 

In that time, he's developed more than 4,000 project managers from 1,000 companies, and 40 countries and led global collaborations for multi-cultural teams and won awards in the process.

But for Toothman, and for the rest of the States, his world has turned on a dime in the advent of COVID. 

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