5 ways COVID-19 will change higher education forever, and how colleges can adapt

The coronavirus pandemic is changing higher education. Campuses are closed, students are taking classes online, and the number of colleges announcing budget cuts and furloughs is growing. Students, faculty, staff, families and others are wondering what comes next.

It’s a transformative moment for higher education. But the trends driving the disruption are not new or unexpected.

Higher education has been going through a disruptive phase for at least the past decade, as highlighted by the steady drumbeat of commentary from Clay Christensen and others, who predicted that as many as half of all U.S. colleges and universities would close within the next 15 years.

The disruption has been slow, making it too easy for many in higher education to argue that it wasn’t happening. Now, COVID-19 is accelerating the change at breath taking speed. The trends are speeding up rapidly and will cut deep and in unexpected ways. We will

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Edited Transcript of CHGG.N earnings conference call or presentation 3-Aug-20 8:30pm GMT

Santa Clara Aug 4, 2020 (Thomson StreetEvents) — Edited Transcript of Chegg Inc earnings conference call or presentation Monday, August 3, 2020 at 8:30:00pm GMT

* Andrew J. Brown

Chegg, Inc. – CFO

Chegg, Inc. – Co-Chairman, CEO & President

Chegg, Inc. – VP of IR

Joh. Berenberg, Gossler & Co. KG, Research Division – Analyst

Lake Street Capital Markets, LLC, Research Division – Head of Research & Senior Research Analyst

Northland Capital Markets, Research Division – Senior Research Analyst & Head of Equity Research

Greetings and welcome to Chegg, Inc. Second Quarter 2020 Earnings Conference Call. (Operator Instructions) As a reminder, this conference is being recorded.

It is now my pleasure to introduce your host, Tracey Ford, Vice President of Investor Relations for Chegg. Thank you. You may begin.

Tracey Ford, Chegg, Inc. – VP of IR [2]

Good afternoon. Thank you for joining Chegg’s Second Quarter 2020 Conference … Read More

How pandemic pods and zutors are changing home-schooling

When the number of coronavirus cases began to rise in the San Francisco area in early July, mother of one Lian Chikako Chang started a Facebook group to support local families and teachers who were suddenly facing the prospect of schools not opening in person as planned in mid-August.

The “Pandemic Pods” group, which aims to help with childcare and schooling needs, grew to more than 30,000 members within three weeks, as areas across the US were hit by Covid-19 spikes and more schools decided to stay shut.

“Families were left scrabbling for solutions,” says Ms Chang. “Most parents have to work, and most jobs are not compatible with home-schooling”.

And it’s not just Facebook parents are turning to. Matchmaking apps and websites have sprung up offering to help parents connect with other families to form “safe” learning pods, or match them with teachers who can give online lessons, dubbed

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Edited Transcript of ZVO.OQ earnings conference call or presentation 3-Aug-20 12:00pm GMT

San Diego Aug 3, 2020 (Thomson StreetEvents) — Edited Transcript of Zovio Inc earnings conference call or presentation Monday, August 3, 2020 at 12:00:00pm GMT

* Andrew S. Clark

* Kevin S. Royal

Barrington Research Associates, Inc., Research Division – Director of Research and Education & Business Services Analyst

Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by, and welcome to the Zovio Q2 2020 Earnings Conference Call. (Operator Instructions) After the speakers’ presentation, there will be a question-and-answer session. (Operator Instructions)

I would now like to turn your conference over to your speaker today, Alanna Vitucci, our VP of Corporate Communications. Thank you. Please go ahead.

Thank you, and good morning. Zovio’s Second Quarter 2020 Earnings Release was issued earlier today and is posted on the company’s website at Joining me on the call today are Andrew Clark, Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer; and Kevin Royal, Chief Financial … Read More

Is This Why Trump Doesn’t Care About The Dangers Of Schools Reopening?

WASHINGTON, DC – AUGUST 03: U.S. President Donald Trump makes remarks as he meets with U.S. Tech Workers and signs an Executive Order on Hiring Americans, in the Cabinet Room of the White House on August 3, 2020 in Washington, DC. The executive order bans federal agencies from firing American citizens or green card holders and hiring foreign workers to do their jobs. (Photo by Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC – AUGUST 03: U.S. President Donald Trump makes remarks as he meets with U.S. Tech Workers and signs an Executive Order on Hiring Americans, in the Cabinet Room of the White House on August 3, 2020 in Washington, DC. The executive order bans federal agencies from firing American citizens or green card holders and hiring foreign workers to do their jobs. (Photo by Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images)

Update: Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan issued an order blocking the mandate to close Montgomery County private schools, saying the decision is for schools and parents, not politicians, to make. However, the school has not yet made an independent decision.

This story was originally published on Monday, August 3, 2020, at 5 p.m.

President Trump’s insistence on reopening schools across the country amid the coronavirus pandemic is coming under fire once again amid reports that his 14-year-old son Barron Trump’s private school will

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Educators join National Day of Resistance

Educators gathered Monday in demonstrations across the country addressing twin concerns of a safe and equitable school environment amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the nationwide reckoning around racial justice after the killing of George Floyd.

The demonstrations, held in dozens of cities, including Chicago, New York and Los Angeles, were part of the National Day of Resistance, organized by a coalition of teachers unions, social justice organizations and the Democratic Socialists of America. They took place in a combination of socially distant rallies and car caravans.

Educators who planned to participate in the day of action spoke to NBC News’ Social Newsgathering team in advance of the rallies. Many explained that their major concerns centered around the disproportionately negative impact COVID’s new distance-learning modules had on students of color and low-income students, their concern about equitable access to online learning and, ultimately, concern about the lack of clarity in plans

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Billionaire Milner Nears $400 Million Funding in India’s Byju’s

(Bloomberg) — DST Global, the investment firm headed by billionaire Yuri Milner, is close to investing as much as $400 million in Indian online education startup Byju’s, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.The deal values Byju’s at $10.5 billion and could be signed as early as this weekend, said the person, who didn’t want to be identified as the talks are private. The transaction would make Byju’s India’s second-most valuable startup after Alibaba Group Holding-backed financial payments brand, Paytm.

The Russian-Israeli billionaire, one of the world’s best-known technology investors, is an early backer of the largest internet firms including Alibaba, Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc. His DST has also funded a string of high-profile Indian startups such as online retailer Flipkart Online Services Pvt., ride-hailing startup Ola, food-delivery startup Swiggy and business e-commerce startup Udaan.

DST and Byju’s didn’t immediately respond to emails seeking comments about the funding

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Some parents want to hire tutors, start mini schools this year. Most can’t afford to.

CHICAGO – Millions of parents across the nation are facing difficult decisions about what to do with their kids this school year. But the pandemic affects every family differently, for reasons that range from their socioeconomic status to their health to the fields they work in.

Some parents are in a better position than others to ensure their children stay healthy and keep up with schoolwork, and researchers are raising questions about how the pandemic may exacerbate existing educational inequalities.

“Kids who are disproportionately low-income are at highest risk for learning losses,” said Ariel Kalil, a professor at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. “When these gaps in learning open up, absent some really serious and sustained intervention, the kids won’t (catch up). That will result in less academic achievement, lower lifetime earnings and even lower productivity in adulthood.”

USA TODAY spoke with more than a dozen

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COVID-19 puts our children at high risk of long-term hardship

We as governors — along with decision makers in state legislatures, school boards, workforce boards, and city and county governments — assess each day the growing damage of COVID-19 to our economic, educational, social and health care systems. We are especially concerned about the millions of young Americans who have been away from school for many weeks and graduating seniors who seek to enter the workforce and higher education. 

The latest national data highlights the growing risk that we may lose a critical part of our next generation. 

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell noted that 40% of all households earning $40,000 or less lost their jobs in March. Further, recent surveys of teachers reveal increases in truancy (27%) and dramatic declines in student engagement — up to 50% or higher in some cases, especially among poor and vulnerable youth, as the school year came to a close.

We are honored

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Are These Pricey School Alternatives Worth It?

Several large school districts — including those in Atlanta, Houston, Los Angeles, Phoenix and suburban Washington — have announced that they will start the school year with entirely remote classes, The New York Times reported. Some parents are not too keen on the idea of online-only learning, while others don’t feel safe sending kids to schools that are opened. This has led many families to seek alternative options like homeschooling or communal education “pods.” Here is what some of these options entail — plus, the price tag that comes along with them.

Option 1: Form an Education ‘Pod’ and Hire a Private Teacher

One option that some parents are exploring is to form groups of children in the same grade, or “pods,” and collectively hire a teacher to provide homeschooling. This gives children the opportunity to socialize with peers in a much smaller setting. And when a private teacher takes

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