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Fall semester has started...now what?

The fall semester is off to a confused start with some universities plowing ahead with in-person classes and others turning back to remote instruction as more and more institutions announce outbreaks of COVID-19 on their campuses. There have been at least 26,000 COVID-19 cases at more than 750 institutions this year, according to the New York Times, and the numbers continue to grow each week. But with no federal guidance on how schools should reopen for the fall semester, it is up to each institution to make their own decisions. Betsy Foresman has more.

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Creative solutions to manage COVID-19 challenges

While the COVID-19 pandemic is forcing teachers and students to be better-prepared for remote instruction and hybrid learning, higher education institutions are tapping into their research capabilities to help bring communities together to combat the virus. Between testing wastewater to detect COVID-19 to contact-tracing apps that sometimes rankle with their lack of privacy controls, universities are grasping for ways to effectively manage the pandemic on their campuses. Jake Williams has the details.

Fairfield University offers virtual counseling with UWill

Fairfield University, a private Jesuit institution in Connecticut, announced Tuesday it will offer its approximately 1,000 graduate students access to a new on-demand therapy platform called UWill. Launched earlier this year with $3.25 million in seed funding from Run DMC co-founder Darryl McDaniels, the platform recommends counselors to students and allows sessions via video, chat or text-messaging on a platform designed with busy students and remote access in mind. “For most adults, even wildly successful adults, it’s still a big jump to go back to education and to shuffle that into the two, three four schedules they’re already managing," said Fairfield University’s Jill Buban. Betsy has more.

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