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The rock walls, sushi bars and student center bowling alleys at colleges around the country will likely sit empty this fall. The spring semester has shown that online learning has significant limitations, said NYU marketing professor Scott Galloway, and welcoming back students and faculty is going to be like “Contagion 2.” But there’s also an opportunity here, he says, to increase budgets, cut costs and leverage technology to make higher education as accessible as it used to be.
Here’s a list of everything we talked about today:
“Here’s a List of Colleges’ Plans for Reopening in the Fall” from the Chronicle of Higher Education
“What the Shift to Virtual Learning Could Mean for the Future of Higher Ed” from Harvard Business Review
“The Coming Disruption,” Galloway’s recent piece for New York magazine
“Goldman Sachs says a national mask mandate could slash infections and save economy from a 5% hit” from CNBC
“Is it safe to send kids back to school?” from MIT Technology Review
“A Look Back On Shirley Chisholm’s Historic 1968 House Victory” from NPR
Finally, this painting by Rhonda Brown