Editorial: Trump shuts out foreign students forced into online-only classes
President Donald Trump may rant and rail about trade deficits in a global economy that he says rips America off, but one market the U.S. has cornered for decades, to the broader benefit of us all, is higher education. The world’s students — Asia’s especially — flock to our undergraduate and graduate schools in numbers unrivaled by any other nation, often paying top-dollar tuition to study here.It may not stay that way for long, and Trump’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency will be to blame.A healthy country would do everything possible to keep a million-plus foreign students coming, a...
New York Daily News
Colleges campuses are trying to reopen in the fall. The main source of opposition? The faculty
CHICAGO — Just because students might be returning to college campuses this fall doesn’t mean professors will be joining them.Controversy over whether instructors need to be in the classroom during the fall term has erupted at campuses including the University of Notre Dame, where professors are pushing back, noting the dangers of face-to-face classes while the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage.These faculty members say they alone should determine how they will teach this fall. Notre Dame, however, is asking those with objections to in-person instruction to submit documentation of medical...
'Panic and chaos': International students, colleges react to new ICE rule on remote learning
Federal immigration officials’ decision to revoke the visas of international students whose colleges offer only online courses this fall sparked outrage in the world of higher education — and devastated students like Alexandra Panzarelli, who may be forced to uproot her life and return to Venezuela if the rule holds.“When I heard the news … I couldn’t even listen to it,” said Panzarelli, a 39-year-old politics PhD student at The New School in New York’s Greenwich Village, which because of the coronavirus pandemic canceled in-person classes this fall — a decision she supported.“To face a decisi...
New York Daily News
University System of Georgia to require masks in classrooms after all
ATLANTA — The University System of Georgia announced late Monday it will require students and faculty to wear face coverings in classrooms and other campus facilities if social distancing can’t be done, a reversal of its prior position that faced widespread criticism.More than 8,700 people signed a petition demanding the system require face coverings in classrooms as part of its guidelines to protect students and faculty from the spread of COVID-19, which has spiked among young people in recent weeks. More than 800 Georgia Tech faculty members signed a similar petition.University System offici...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Miami Dade College, the nation's largest community college, will use temperature checks in the fall
MIAMI — Miami Dade College plans to bring back as many students, faculty and staff as possible to its campuses this fall with a strict measure that other large universities in South Florida won’t implement: temperature checks.The largest community college in the country — with approximately 120,000 students — drafted a three-phase reopening plan that is “general on purpose” to adapt to the fluctuating pandemic conditions, said Lenore Rodicio, the executive vice president and provost. MDC will adhere to local, state and national guidance but will apply stricter rules if necessary.“It’s a flexib...
At least 80 Washington students in fraternities test positive for coronavirus, a foreboding sign for college reopenings
SEATTLE — At least 80 students living in a dozen fraternity houses just north of the University of Washington campus have reported testing positive for COVID-19, the coronavirus disease, with hundreds of results pending.The university learned Saturday that three fraternity residents had symptoms of COVID-19, and public health officials noticed a spike in cases from the area among people ages 18 to 20, said UW spokeswoman Michelle Ma. Since UW announced Tuesday that at least 38 students tested positive, the student-run Interfraternity Council informed the university of 42 more positive results....
The Seattle Times
UCF football players call for controversial professor to be fired
ORLANDO, Fla. — Some of the UCF football team’s biggest stars are demanding the university fire Charles Negy, a psychology associate professor who has sparked protests with his controversial social media posts.Senior running back Greg McCrae was the first to express his outrage on Twitter and was joined by other players, including quarterback McKenzie Milton.“@CharlesNegy is a racist & sexist professor who is currently employed by my university,” McCrae wrote. “I do not condone comments and tweets that he has made openly disgracing others because of their race or gender. @UCF @UCFCartwright #U...
Meet the university professor who turned writing letters of recommendation into a humorous, bestselling novel
SEATTLE — Writing constant letters of recommendation goes with the territory of being a university faculty member. Julie Schumacher, who teaches creative writing at the University of Minnesota, took that task to a new level: She made a novel from it.“Dear Committee Members” is entirely made up of letters of recommendation written by Jason Fitger, a much put-upon professor of creative writing at the appropriately named Payne University. A bestseller upon its initial publication in 2014, it earned Schumacher the Thurber Prize for American Humor.And, like so many novels, its initial impetus was w...
The Seattle Times
In the age of COVID-19, Minn. author looks to 'poetry therapy' to soothe the soul
MINNEAPOLIS — When the coronavirus pandemic hit, Geri Chavis knew what would help soothe her soul and those of the people she loves: Poems. Chavis, professor emerita at St. Catherine University, is past president of the National Association for Poetry Therapy, which has for decades promoted poetry for healing and growth. She is the author of three books, including “Poetry and Story Therapy: The Healing Power of Creative Expression,” and keeper of more than 2,000 poems on friendship, marriage and family relationships, grieving and loss, courage and hope and many other subjects. Chavis shares mo...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Scientists say Trump's order limiting foreign workers will hurt labs, stifle American ingenuity
ST. LOUIS — For the last two years, Washington University postdoctoral fellow Wei Qian, of China, has been researching a rare fatal childhood genetic disorder with no highly effective therapy.Now he’s scrambling to reconsider his future.Last week, President Donald Trump issued an executive order restricting until the end of the year certain types of foreign worker visas — notably the H-1B for highly skilled workers such as foreign faculty members and postdoctoral fellows. The Trump administration said the move would prioritize jobs for U.S. citizens and blunt the economic impact of the coronav...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch