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UF students asked to snitch on faculty who aren’t teaching F2F

An excerpt from today’s Chronicle of Higher Education blog:

Students at the University of Florida are being encouraged to use a campus-crime app to report on faculty members who are supposed to be teaching face to face but aren’t. The move has sparked outrage among instructors who say it has created a hostile environment at a time when they’re working harder than ever to teach classes that can be attended both in person and online.

On Monday, the first day of the spring semester, D’Andra Mull, vice president for student affairs, sent a welcome email to students reminding them about Covid-19 safety protocols and testing requirements. It directed them to use the GatorSafe app to report on “inconsistencies with course delivery for your face-to-face or online courses, such as not being provided the opportunity to meet in person for your face-to-face class.” The email assured them that “staff will review every concern and follow up as appropriate.”

Faculty members, many of whom have been denied accommodations to teach online even as Covid-19 cases rage in the region, reacted angrily to the message.

Must be one hell of a great place to work.

Two nursing faculty from the same college are dead from coronavirus

The following excerpt comes from the Chronicle of Higher Education’s live blog:

An assistant professor of nursing at Carroll University died of Covid-19 on Friday, marking the program’s second loss since November.

James Mikolajczak-LaRosa, a nurse who had taught at the small Wisconsin college since 2016, was diagnosed with the disease two months ago, according to WISN, and died on New Year’s Day.

His death followed that of Kelly Raether, a local fire-department captain who was also a nurse and instructor at the university. Raether died in November after contracting the coronavirus while caring for a patient, co-workers told WISN.

Preview of 2021? Two colleges plan program cuts, another lays off 300+

Photo: Anthony Moretti

This was a bad week for higher education. It might also be a sign of what’s to come in 2021.

The leaders at the University of Evansville and the College of St. Rose announced program cuts, and more than 300 people were laid off at George Washington University.

The economic fallout from coronavirus prompted all three decisions. There’s every reason to believe the economic chaos facing higher education will continue into 2021 and beyond.

Public institutions across the country face further cuts in state funding. Many privates in the northeast and Midwest face enrollment challenges because of declining college-age populations. Unemployment and economic fears are sure to prompt students to delay (or cancel) college dreams.

What took place in Indiana, New York and the nation’s capital appear certain to be repeated in other states in the coming year.