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L.A. community colleges will remain online-only through spring

L.A. City College, along with eight others in the Los Angeles Community College District, will remain closed at least until summer 2021. <span class="copyright">(Gabriella Angotti-Jones / Los Angeles Times)</span>
L.A. City College, along with eight others in the Los Angeles Community College District, will remain closed at least until summer 2021. (Gabriella Angotti-Jones / Los Angeles Times)

The Los Angeles Community College District, the largest in the nation, will remain online-only for the rest of the academic year amid the region’s ongoing coronavirus public health crisis, the system’s chancellor has announced.

There will be a few exceptions for classes that support the “essential infrastructure workforce,” such as those training respiratory therapists, certified nurse assistants and electricians, among others.

“We remain in a declared public health emergency at the national, state and local level, and, given the current health orders, safety protocols and restrictions, our best health experts agree that we are still far from full recovery without a vaccine or responsive therapeutics,” Chancellor Francisco Rodriguez said in a letter to faculty and staff Friday night.

Rodriguez’s announcement follows a

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Emails Reveal Georgia Colleges’ Extreme COVID-19 Pressure Tactics

Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos Getty
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos Getty

As the number of coronavirus cases exploded across the University of Georgia’s Athens campus in late August, some faculty began asking department heads about shifting from in-person classes to an online curriculum. 

After fielding several requests, one faculty chair emailed a dire warning to members of his department: the university would reject any official requests to switch to online learning. And if professors attempted to switch unofficially, the state university system was prepared to track them down.

“I’ve been advised that physical audits (by USG auditors) may take place that check to see that… the class is meeting the day/time/classroom that is listed in the instructional plan,” the chair wrote in an email obtained by The Daily Beast on the condition that the author not be identified. USG refers to University System of Georgia, the governing body of the state’s 26

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Emails Show Just How Thirsty Georgia Colleges Are for In-Person Classes

Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos Getty
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos Getty

As the number of coronavirus cases exploded across the University of Georgia’s Athens campus in late August, some faculty began asking department heads about shifting from in-person classes to an online curriculum. 

After fielding several requests, one faculty chair emailed a dire warning to members of his department: the university would reject any official requests to switch to online learning. And if professors attempted to switch unofficially, the state university system was prepared to track them down.

“I’ve been advised that physical audits (by USG auditors) may take place that check to see that… the class is meeting the day/time/classroom that is listed in the instructional plan,” the chair wrote in an email obtained by The Daily Beast on the condition that the author not be identified. USG refers to University System of Georgia, the governing body of the state’s 26

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How Colleges Became the New COVID Hot Spots

The State University of New York, Oneonta campus in Oneonta, Sept. 3, 2020. (Cindy Schultz/The New York Times)
The State University of New York, Oneonta campus in Oneonta, Sept. 3, 2020. (Cindy Schultz/The New York Times)

It began last month with a trickle of coronavirus infections as college students arrived for the fall semester. Soon that trickle became a stream, with campuses reporting dozens, and sometimes hundreds, of new cases each day.

Now that stream feels like a flood. In just the past week, a New York Times survey has found, U.S. colleges and universities have recorded more than 36,000 additional coronavirus cases, bringing the total of campus infections to 88,000 since the pandemic began.

Not all of those cases are new, and the increase is partly the result of more schools beginning to report the results of increased coronavirus testing. But The Times survey of 1,600 institutions also shows how widely the contagion has spread, with schools of every type and size, and in every state, reporting

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COVID-19 cases at colleges are fueling the nation’s hottest outbreaks

About three weeks ago, the University of Mississippi started its fall semester, bringing students from around the country back to Lafayette County. The university had hoped its mix of in-person and online classes and mask-wearing guidelines, among other measures, would be enough to prevent an outbreak.

On paper, the college appears to be doing well. According to recent numbers, the University of Mississippi has recorded about 430 confirmed cases since Aug. 24, the first day of classes in Oxford, and still has plenty of housing for those who have been infected or exposed to the virus. 

Data in Lafayette County, home to the Mississippi flagship, paint a starker picture. An analysis by USA TODAY shows the county has one of the highest per-capita rates of coronavirus infections in the country, at 1,053 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people in the last two weeks.

The rising positive cases were expected with the

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‘The question is whether colleges can bring them under control’

Hundreds of colleges across the U.S. are forging ahead with open campuses despite various coronavirus outbreaks early in recent weeks.

“I think it’s fair to have expected a lot of cases on campus,” Robert Kelchen, associate professor of higher education at Seton Hall University, told Yahoo Finance. “The question is whether colleges can bring them under control through testing, tracing, and quarantining.”

The next two weeks will be critical in determining whether colleges’ strategies are truly paying off for the more than 600 schools that are conducting classes in person this fall, according to Kelchen.

The situation on the ground reveals an apparent struggle to contain the highly infectious coronavirus as cases pop up in college towns across the country. A dashboard created by Benjy Renton, a senior at Middlebury College, tracks the levels of outbreaks at around 50 schools and shows over two dozen schools at “red alert” —

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9 Florida Colleges Make Princeton Review’s 2021 ‘Best’ List

FLORIDA — The Princeton Review recently released its annual list of the country’s best colleges. This year’s list, which features 386 schools, includes nine in Florida.

The 2021 Best 386 Colleges were selected based on “our high opinion of their academics,” the Princeton Review said in announcing its newest list. The organization said it monitors colleges “continuously and annually” to collect data on more than 2,000 schools.

In determining the “best,” The Princeton Review said it also visits schools and communicates with hundreds of college administrators in compiling its assessment.

“We pay close attention to the feedback we get about colleges from students, parents, educators, and our own staff at The Princeton Review locations across the country,” the organization said.

Here are the Florida colleges named among the country’s best by Princeton Review:

  • University of Miami in Coral Gables, 11,307 full-time enrollment

  • Stetson University in DeLand, 3,183 enrollment

  • University of

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6 Georgia Colleges Make Princeton Review’s 2021 ‘Best’ List

GEORGIA — The Princeton Review recently released its annual list of the country’s best colleges. This year’s list, which features 386 schools, includes six in Georgia.

The 2021 Best 386 Colleges were selected based on “our high opinion of their academics,” the Princeton Review said in announcing its newest list. The organization said it monitors colleges “continuously and annually” to collect data on more than 2,000 schools.

In determining the “best,” The Princeton Review said it also visits schools and communicates with hundreds of college administrators in compiling its assessment.

“We pay close attention to the feedback we get about colleges from students, parents, educators, and our own staff at The Princeton Review locations across the country,” the organization said.

Here are the Georgia colleges named among the country’s best by Princeton Review:

  • University of Georgia in Athens, 29,848 full-time enrollment

  • Spelman College in Atlanta, 2,120 enrollment

  • Emory University in

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17 Virginia, DC Colleges Make Princeton Review’s 2021 ‘Best’ List

VIRGINIA — The Princeton Review this week released its annual list of the country’s best colleges. This year’s list, which features 386 schools, includes 13 in Virginia and four in Washington, D.C.

The 2021 Best 386 Colleges were selected based on “our high opinion of their academics,” the Princeton Review said in announcing its newest list. The organization said it monitors colleges “continuously and annually” to collect data on more than 2,000 schools.

In determining the “best,” The Princeton Review said it also visits schools and communicates with hundreds of college administrators in compiling its assessment.

“We pay close attention to the feedback we get about colleges from students, parents, educators, and our own staff at The Princeton Review locations across the country,” the organization said.

Here are the Virginia colleges named among the country’s best by Princeton Review:

  • Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, 1,543 full-time enrollment

  • Virginia Tech in Blacksburg,

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Colleges using COVID dorms, quarantines to keep virus at bay

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — With the coronavirus spreading through colleges at alarming rates, universities are scrambling to find quarantine locations in dormitory buildings and off-campus properties to isolate the thousands of students who have caught COVID-19 or been exposed to it.

Sacred Heart University has converted a 34-room guest house at the former Connecticut headquarters of General Electric to quarantine students. The University of South Carolina ran out of space at a dormitory for quarantined students and began sending them to rooms it rented in hotel-like quarters at a training center for prosecutors. The Air Force Academy sent 400 cadets to hotels to free up space on its Colorado base for quarantines.

The actions again demonstrate how the virus has uprooted traditional campus life amid a pandemic that has killed nearly 200,000 people in the U.S. and proven to be especially problematic for universities since the start of the school

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