When COVID-19 hit the U.S. in mid-March, college and university campuses across the country were shuttered. Students quickly left their dormitories and classes shifted online.
But state-funded schools face budget cuts, private schools with modest endowments most certainly will need to pare the number of scholarships and any college or university financially struggling before the pandemic is on a tightrope.
Some have already thrown in the towel. Urbana University in Champaign County closed after the spring semester. The private university is a branch campus of Franklin University in Columbus, where programming will be moved.
MacMurray College, a small, liberal arts school in Illinois, survived the Civil War, the Great Depression and two world wars. However the economics of the pandemic has done it in.
Today on All Sides with Ann Fisher, we explore how higher education will adapt to the realities of the pandemic, the economics and the physical distancing.
Melissa Korn, higher education reporter, The Wall Street Journal
C. Todd Jones, president and general counsel, Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio
Christopher Washington, executive vice president, Franklin University
Dwight D. Heckelman, founder and director, GROOVE U