The year without studying abroad

T.The pandemic justified studying abroad. In a typical year, American colleges send tens of thousands of students overseas – 347,099 in the 2018-19 academic year to be precise – to learn about other countries and cultures. Covid-19 stopped the trip and closed the borders. Instead…

Higher Ed lost 650,000 jobs last year

Colleges and universities ended 2020 with persistent job losses, down 13 percent since last February. It was a disheartening coda for a really brutal year for the higher education workforce. Since the World Health Organization declared a pandemic, the U.S. Department of Labor estimates that…

The Year That Pushed Higher Ed to the Edge

In January 2020, as America was beginning its fourth year of Donald J. Trump’s presidency, higher-education leaders were focused on long-haul struggles that had dogged the industry for years. New studies were being published on institutional viability, and The Chronicle was reporting on increasingly ominous…