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Virus outbreaks give universities pause

With a growing numbers of students contracting COVID-19, several universities across the country are reevaluating their plans to reopen classes for the fall semester. The reversals come after many universities decided to bring students back to campus for the fall, including the University of Arizona, which in August said it planned to begin bringing more students back to campus at this point in the semester, announced Monday that the university has amended that plan and will continue to only hold essential classes for 5,000 students enrolled in labs and performing arts courses. From Sep. 12-21, the university administered more than 8,000 COVID-19 tests and recorded nearly 1,000 positive cases for an 12.3% positive rate, according to its COVID-19 dashboard. Betsy Foresman has more.

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A university helpline for preK-12

Students at Texas A&M University who are studying to become teachers last week got a new opportunity to practice their skills by assisting preK-12 students around the country who need a little extra help with their homework. The university launched the Aggie Homework Hotline to help young students, especially those who are struggling with remote learning environments that have been widely deployed during the pandemic, and to help their own students get some practice working with kids. Families need homework help for their children and Aggie undergraduate students are motivated, adaptive and committed to selfless service,” said Valerie Hill-Jackson, professor and assistant dean of educator preparation at A&M. Betsy has the details.

Innovation in Michigan

The University of Michigan recently announced it will launch a new college of innovation and technology aimed at preparing students for careers in tech. “The technology-intensive future demands that we prepare our graduates to develop and apply technology in new ways that will benefit society,” UM-Flint Chancellor Deba Dutta said. The new school is slated to open 2021. Read the full story.

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