CONAHEC News and Information

Wednesday, Apr. 01, 2020

Higher education is COVID-19-positive. And in the parlance of triage, the patient needs emergent care.

At many institutions, that means getting just enough instruction and support online to be able to operate tomorrow, and having enough money to do so. Everything else can wait, including faculty hiring. Already, scores of colleges and universities have announced hiring freezes for this year fiscal year and the next one.

Wednesday, Apr. 01, 2020

This is not an article about the 300 million people worldwide who are not in workplaces or classrooms because of COVID-19. This is not an article about locked down cities, overwhelmed medical facilities, stock market declines, travel plans in tatters or cancelled conferences, sporting events and concerts. 

This is an article that will attempt to calculate what the worldwide economic and higher education landscape will look like after the threat of COVID-19 has dissipated; what remains.

Wednesday, Apr. 01, 2020

Presented here is the design of the Mechanical Ventilator Milano (MVM), a novel mechanical ventilator designed for rapid mass production in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to address the urgent shortage of ventilators in many countries, and the growing difficulty in procuring these devices through normal supply chains across borders. This ventilator is an electro-mechanical equivalent of the old, reliable Manley Ventilator, able to operate in both independent and patient-assisted modes.

Tuesday, Mar. 31, 2020

Universities across Europe are grappling with digital problems, after the COVID-19 pandemic forced campuses to shut down and move research and teaching online. 

Digital capabilities are not distributed equally across European universities, and deficiencies have delayed implementing systems for online teaching. Bandwidth and student access to computers is also an issue. 

Tuesday, Mar. 24, 2020

Colleges have been moving classes online in droves to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

At first, school officials said they'd reassess the need to continue remote instruction after a few weeks. Federal agencies and accreditors afforded them some flexibility to do that, loosening rules that would typically guide how colleges use distance learning. 

Tuesday, Mar. 24, 2020

NEW YORK – When news came that coronavirus concerns would close South Carolina’s Benedict College for the semester, Jayla Berry soon found herself heading home to Detroit with her ticket fully paid for and her transportation arranged.

Tuesday, Mar. 24, 2020

The prom dress Norwegian foreign exchange student Tuva Soby bought as soon as she arrived in the U.S. will stay unworn on its hanger. 

The spring break day trips Japanese foreign exchange student Justin Miwa planned to take with his Jasper host family, the Robertses, won’t happen. 

Italian foreign exchange student Lorenzo Vaiardi, who broke several swimming records at Northeast Dubois this year, won’t get to see how he stacks up against Americans in track and field. 

Tuesday, Mar. 24, 2020

UK universities have been warned that they need to step up their support for international students, as conflicting travel advice at some institutions has created panic.

Several Cambridge colleges have been criticised for causing alarm when they sent out emails instructing international students to “go home” immediately.

Tuesday, Mar. 24, 2020

When Will Rayner, a University of South Alabama student, traveled to Peru as part of a spring break study abroad program earlier this month, he never imagined he'd get stuck there or become one of thousands of Americans stranded overseas and having a terrible time trying to return to the United States.

Tuesday, Mar. 24, 2020

Colleges and universities across the country made swift moves to protect the health of their campus communities as President Donald Trump declared the novel coronavirus a national emergency. Students, faculty, staff and administration at colleges and universities have been forced to rethink the process of educating students by moving all instruction and non-essential daily operations online. 

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