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  1. I think you are likely to be ok. Have you flipped through the pages of the book you have to see if it matches up? The book isn't updated as often as a college text. If your book has a macaw (tropical bird) on the cover, I think you have one that will mostly match the course plan.
  2. When we did Shakespeare study (as opposed to just watching a play for fun), we watched the Branagh & Thompson version of Much Ado, then did a small group reading with neighbors. Then we watched a different version.
  3. Another article on interlocking financial relationships. https://www.google.com/amp/s/ftw.usatoday.com/2020/06/under-armour-ucla-apparel-deal-terms-end-explain/amp Under Armor is in a bad financial position. UCLA athletics had a large deficit last year. Not mentioned in the article is the real possibility that there won't be football or basketball during the next school year.
  4. As I help develop college lists for the students I work with and my own high school senior, I'm very aware if the fact that some of those schools won't be around in 5 years. Students entering fall 2021 have a good chance of needing to transfer because their college fails to survive. Big problem for lovely small LACs, but public colleges won't be immune.
  5. This article is about economic effects of college shut downs to surrounding towns. It's a glimpse into the large budget deficits that some areas are facing. An article I read this week used the phrase "new abnormal" to refer to the idea that changes to the post-Covid world may be significant and long lasting. My hunch is that this won't be just a recession, but a pivotal moment more like a world war in which people talk about what things were like before vs after.
  6. It would not be exaggerating to say that for some colleges a choice to go 100% online would set into motion financial consequences that could require the school to close within a couple years. Many colleges are extremely dependent on current tuition and room & board payments as revenue. They lost a significant amount in prorated refunds from the spring terms. Few (if any) schools are saving money by having students stay home. Loans for previous construction of dorms and other buildings must still be paid. Protective installations and cleaning protocols have to be paid for. I think the decision to be fully online is an existential decision for many schools.
  7. I did an online graduate certificate in Independent Educational Consulting from UC Irvine. The entire program is delivered solely online and has been running for several years. The courses didn't have anything like math or physics problems, but often included student case study assignments or business school type projects. There was a significant difference between courses in which teachers engaged frequently in the discussion forums and those that had minimal teacher interaction. When the course required sharing projects and commenting on other submissions, students were more involved in the forums. In a couple instances, we created email groups or Facebook groups to continue relationships after the course ended. I've had several calls with classmates to share specialty knowledge. In one course that was more hands off, the difference in engagement and outcome was significant. The instructor had a death in the family early in the course. She didn't engage as much as others, was slow to grade assignments, and gave minimal feedback. Discussions in this course was bare bones. There were few lively interchanges. Lessons were obviously recorded several years ago and were out of date in some significant ways. It also suffered from having a different student composition in that several students had enrolled in this elective course despite not having taken the first principles course. So it was a bit of a perfect storm. This is going to vary a lot by discipline, but many courses are tnot going to provide good learning with an online course that doesn't include hefty instructor engagement. If we were all autodidacts, we could just do Coursera and a final exam. But that isn't how most of us learn.
  8. If you search fir the school's Common Data Set, section C is about Freshman admissions. There is a table that lists factors considered. You can see what they list about Demonstrated Interest. However I have to also say that the CDS is all self-reported. Some schools don't release all their data.
  9. It is a stinky question that in my opinion asks the student to self-report info that may disadvantage them and that doesn't relate to gow good of a student they would be. Can she enter "undecided" in that box? If this is a school that considers demonstrated interest, she should be sure she has in fact demonstrated some in measurable ways (doing virtual tours, good answer to a Why Us? supplemental writing prompt, responding to emails from the school).
  10. We are in Virginia now. There are guaranteed admission plans from any of the state community colleges to each of the public universities. The general pattern is an affiliated AA or AS degree with some specific course requirements depending on the selectivity of the target college and program. There are also literally hundreds of other transfer agreements between individual colleges and the local CCs near them. (One pages said there were over 300 transfer agreements in the state between different schools.) One program I'm intrigued by allows students to be concurrently enrolled in both the local, multi-campus CC system and the large state university. Students have ID cards for both institutions, library privileges, rec center privileges, and may at times take courses at both campuses (ex, MWF at the CC and TTH at the university). These programs exist for a variety of majors, including a new Cloud Computing degree.
  11. For dorm stuff, I would suggest either a minimalist list or only items you don't mind abandoning. One of my kids had a couple hours slot to clear our his dorm room when he went back after spring break. The other packed up everything he could bring home and left the rest in place. At some point the university will have packers box the remainder up. I think it is highly likely that colleges that go back to in residence teaching will have community spread among students. Especially if there is much contact between students and the wider local community. Smaller, more remote campuses that are more self-contained might be able to pull it off. Commuter campuses or schools in urban areas are more likely to struggle.
  12. For those saying to add an external webcam, it might be worth investigating price and availability. I ordered one to give me higher quality in my virtual meetings with clients. It is backordered until August. I would encourage anyone who needs a webcam to get one ordered soon.
  13. I don't see fit pitching from CA homeschoolers in the thread. I do see some asking how others think the changes to the test policies will affect CA work arounds that have been in place for a number of years. People like to be able to plan and to gauge admissions chances. Lots of current events all around the US are throwing the process into confusion. Have a great weekend.
  14. I don't expect colleges will go back to this style of exam. It does favor students who attend strong schools or whose families can afford tutors. I did think it was interesting to see them contemplating going back to a college controlled exam. Ironically at one point, the SAT was touted as opening doors for smart students from less capable schools.
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