CONAHEC News and Information

Tuesday, May. 05, 2020

They wanted the campus experience, but their colleges sent them home to learn online during the coronavirus pandemic. Now, students at more than 25 U.S. universities are filing lawsuits against their schools demanding partial refunds on tuition and campus fees, saying they’re not getting the caliber of education they were promised.

Tuesday, May. 05, 2020

Public colleges and universities face intense pressure to throw open classroom doors even as health officials warn of potential spikes in coronavirus cases come the fall.

College presidents and their boards have a seemingly impossible task: Protect school finances without putting student and faculty lives in danger. Colleges could be sued if schools reopen dorms and dining halls as a second wave of infections strikes. But financial woes in the billions loom if campuses stay shut, especially at small, historically black colleges.

Friday, May. 01, 2020

MacMurray College survived the Civil War, the Great Depression and two world wars, but not the coronavirus pandemic. The private liberal-arts school in central Illinois announced recently it will shut its doors for good in May, after 174 years.

Tuesday, Apr. 28, 2020

For U.S. colleges and universities, COVID-19 may well pose far greater, and in some cases far different, challenges than the Great Recession.

Tuesday, Apr. 28, 2020

Across the country, college campuses have become ghost towns. Students and professors are hunkered down inside, teaching and learning online. University administrators are tabulating the financial costs of the Covid-19 pandemic, which already exceed the CARES Act’s support for higher education.

The toll of this pandemic is high and will continue to rise. But another crisis looms for students, higher education and the economy if colleges and universities cannot reopen their campuses in the fall.

Tuesday, Apr. 28, 2020

Right now, the likeliest scenarios for the fall semester are yet another semester of totally online classes or a mixture of small face-to-face classes and large lectures online or offered in a hybrid mode. Either way, the traditional college experience -- intercollegiate athletics, fraternity and sorority life, and much else -- will be missing.

Without the traditional campus experience, much of colleges’ appeal will be lost -- with profound economic consequences, especially for most private colleges and many regional public comprehensives.

Tuesday, Apr. 28, 2020

In a desperate bid to find treatments for people sickened by the coronavirus, doctors and drug companies have launched more than 100 human experiments in the United States, investigating experimental drugs, a decades-old malaria medicine and cutting-edge therapies that have worked for other conditions such as HIV and rheumatoid arthritis.

Friday, Apr. 24, 2020


David Beasley, director of the United Nations World Food Program, warned Tuesday that the world is on "the brink of a hunger pandemic" as it grapples with the global coronavirus crisis. He said that without action, the world could face "multiple famines of biblical proportions within a short few months."

We are already facing "a perfect storm" due to wars like those in Syria and Yemen and more frequent natural disasters, among other factors, he said.

Wednesday, Apr. 22, 2020

Colleges across the country are trying to decide whether they can reopen campus for the fall, and how long they can put off a final decision.

Schools are mapping out different scenarios, depending on the seriousness of the coronavirus pandemic in the fall. Boston University, for example, has said that if the virus is still raging, it may not return to face-to-face instruction until January 2021. Another scenario projects some students on campus in the fall, and others taking classes remotely.

Wednesday, Apr. 22, 2020

First responders have been vitally important in responding to the coronavirus crisis, but few Americans would put colleges and universities on the list of those institutions vital to the nation’s response. A review of the facts tells a different story.