CONAHEC News and Information

Wednesday, Mar. 10, 2021

People who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 may safely gather with small groups from other households without wearing masks or physically distancing, even if those people have not yet had their shots, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday.

Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021

If your institution expects life to return to normal post-pandemic, disappointment lies ahead.

Even with vaccines and a presidential administration strongly committed to traditional higher education, there are no guarantees that higher education as we knew it will bounce back -- and that’s OK.

It’s OK because our pre-pandemic reality was beset by challenges and inequalities, which the pandemic exposed and intensified. It’s OK because many of our students need something different than what we offered, and the pandemic made that clear.

Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021

A new pandemic-inspired health sciences degree program at the University of Minnesota Rochester may offer a glimpse at the future of higher education.

The bachelor's degree program will combine online and in-person instruction in an accelerated year-round format, allowing students to complete their studies in just over two years instead of four and graduate with less debt. The "NXT GEN MED" program, announced this month, will be delivered in partnership with the Mayo Clinic and Google.

Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021

A días de dejar su cargo como secretario de Educación Pública e integrarse como embajador de México en Estados Unidos, Esteban Moctezuma Barragán pidió a los diputados federales aprobar la Ley General de Educación Superior para garantizar en el país el acceso a la educación universitaria.

Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021

An “uber trend” of remote work for higher education information security is coming, at a time when more connections are being forged between higher ed and other state data. Plus: printers, smart speakers and privacy (oh my!) — all in this Edtech Reports Recap. 

That Horizon Seems to Be … Closer

“Higher education may never be the same again after 2020, and that will be an exciting prospect to some.” So declares the newest forward-looking publication from the higher-ed information technology association EDUCAUSE, “2021 EDUCAUSE Horizon Report: Information Security Edition.”

Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021

2020 was a tumultuous year that challenged us all to consider the inequitable systems in place in our society, from policing to health care. In a recent report I created for The Education Trust, I highlighted how racial inequities show up in our education system—and what we can do about it.

Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021

Here’s why student loans shouldn’t be cancelled.

Here’s what you need to know.

Student Loans

Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021

Several historically Black colleges and universities will receive more than $650,000 in grants to preserve their campuses as part of a new initiative announced Tuesday.

The funding for the HBCUs comes as leaders of the colleges and universities continue to advocate for additional funding nearly a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, which has threatened the survival of many already chronically underfunded schools. Details about the initiative were shared with The Associated Press ahead of the announcement.

Friday, Feb. 05, 2021

Viruses are always mutating and taking on new forms. The coronavirus has thousands of variants that have been identified. But several, including variants first found in the United Kingdom, South Africa and Brazil, are highly transmissible and have sparked concerns that vaccines may be less effective against them.

The same protective measures that have warded off the virus throughout the pandemic — maintaining social distance, wearing masks and washing our hands — are even more critical in the face of more transmissible variants.

The ‘Eeek’ mutation (E484K)

Tuesday, Feb. 02, 2021

COVID-19 case numbers have begun falling nationwide, and the same can be said at the University of Arizona, where last week's test positivity rate was 1.18% – down from 2% the previous week.

However, the state of Arizona still has the highest infection rate in the nation, and improving numbers are not a sign that people should let up on public health precautions such as mask wearing and physical distancing, UArizona President Robert C. Robbins said Monday during his weekly virtual briefing on the university's COVID-19 status.