More Bad News for Student Mental Health

About half of college students nationally screened positive for depression or anxiety, or both, during the fall 2020 semester, according to a recently published report by professors who study mental health. The report includes results from a survey of nearly 33,000 students conducted by the Healthy Minds Network, a research organization based at the University of Michigan and Boston University that studies adolescent mental health. These new findings are consistent with previous surveys and research suggesting that students’ mental health has been devastated by the coronavirus pandemic.

Students Forge New Paths With Novel Gap Year Experiences

When Oscar Martinez ’23 found himself sitting in front of a Zoom screen after Cornell’s campus-wide shut down in spring 2020, he realized that online learning wasn’t for him. As a transfer student, Martinez wanted to make the most of his two remaining years at Cornell, and virtual learning didn’t offer the college experience he was looking for. “I just wanted to dive into the community of people, to get to know them, to get to grow — because that’s what college is; that’s what college should be,” Martinez said.

With Full Statler, Isolated Students Trickle Into Off-Campus Hotels

After Cornell identified a cluster of COVID-19 cases Friday, a record-high number of students moved into isolation, forcing the University to expand capacity beyond the Statler Hotel and into nearby hotels for contact-traced and COVID-19 positive students.  Quarantine and isolation room capacity dipped to 38 percent on Monday evening, the lowest percentage so far during the pandemic. According to Cornell’s COVID-19 dashboard, 223 of 360 rooms have already been filled. 

The Growing Ithaca Resistance

The college wants to cut 116 full-time positions from its non-tenure-track faculty ranks, but alumni, students and professors are putting up a fight.

Colleen Flaherty  February 8, 2021

Ithaca College previously announced plans to cut more than 100 full-time faculty positions. Now that those cuts are actually happening — that numbers have become the names and faces of valued colleagues — campus opposition is ramping up. Faculty, student and alumni groups are highlighting what the college stands to lose in terms of academics and soul. They’re also accusing Ithaca of failing to make a compelling case for its drastic action.

National service can transform our country again, in many ways

Slater runs Youth on Their Own, which helps homeless teenagers in Tucson stay in school. She is a fellow of the OpEd Project, a nonprofit that promotes more diversity among thought leaders . National service programs are uniquely poised to address the significant challenges we face at this moment in our country’s history.

Instead of Staying Home, American Youth Are Answering the Call to Serve With AmeriCorps

230 energetic young adults from across the nation have piled into vans to begin a new adventure serving others through the AmeriCorps’ National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC). Two weeks ago, they deployed in 24 teams across the country, assisting community groups that are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic or implementing wildfire management in the West. “It feels amazing to know that during these unprecedented times I have the chance to make a real difference,” Wilhemina Solley told GNN.

The College Where 1 in 4 Students Got Coronavirus

At one small university, well-intentioned but insufficient preparations meant a fall semester of vast infection.

bout halfway through the fall semester, Jessica Floyd, a curly haired undergraduate studying nursing at Central Methodist University, started feeling exhausted. She had been studying for four exams that week, so she didn’t think too much about it. Then she took one of the regular coronavirus tests that Central Methodist required. It came back positive. That night, she started feeling weak and short of breath. “It came on fast,” she said.

A Brutal Tally: Higher Ed Lost 650,000 Jobs Last Year

Colleges and universities closed out 2020 with continued job losses, resulting in a 13-percent drop since last February. It was a dispiriting coda to a truly brutal year for higher ed’s labor force. Since the World Health Organization declared a pandemic, the U.S. Labor Department estimates that American academic institutions have shed a net total of at least 650,000 workers, according to preliminary, seasonally adjusted figures released on Friday. 

A Spike in Cheating Since the Move to Remote?

The number of questions asked and answered on the “homework help” website Chegg has skyrocketed since classes migrated online due to the pandemic, an increase that authors of a new study published in the International Journal for Educational Integrity link to a likely increase in cheating. Chegg, which has an honor code prohibiting cheating and which promotes itself as a site where students can get help on their homework, allows users to post a question to the site and receive an answer from a Chegg-identified expert “in as little as 30 minutes.” 

Australian Universities in ‘Deep Trouble’ as Borders Stay Closed

Australian universities may never recover their pre-pandemic market share of international student recruitment, a leading scholar has said, after the prospect of significant numbers of overseas students entering the country this year diminished. Daniel Andrews, the premier of the state of Victoria, said last month that “tens of thousands of international students coming back here is going to be incredibly challenging, if not impossible, this year,” adding that the state did not have the facilities to accommodate large numbers of students in quarantine.

Mass. Medical Students Training to Administer COVID-19 Vaccine

Experts say it will take an “army of vaccinators” to protect millions of Americans from COVID-19. Proudly helping to wage that war on coronavirus are about 400 students from UMass Medical School in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Student film project to have encore showing Jan. 24

A collection of student films, offering insights into Cornell student life during the pandemic, will be shown again later this month. First shown Dec. 18-20, “Off-Campus/On Screen” will have an encore presentation Jan. 24, from 2-4 p.m., followed by a live discussion with the filmmakers. Reserve your free ticket at The nine short films were created by students in collaboration with faculty and staff in the Department of Performing and Media Arts, in the College of Arts and Sciences. The stories came together in the PMA mainstage fall production, exploring Cornell life in the time of COVID-19.