IOIT: Peer institutions announce fall plans as July approaches

Over the past month, many of the College’s peer institutions have announced their plans on whether or how to return to campus for the fall semester. President Maud S. Mandel committed to making an announcement about the College’s plans by July 1, and as that date draws near, the Chronicle of Higher Education has compiled a list of the plans released by over 1,000 colleges and universities. According to their tracker as of Tuesday night, 64 percent of colleges are planning for an in-person semester, 16 percent are proposing a hybrid model, 7 percent are considering a range of scenarios, 8 percent of are planning for an online semester and 5 percent still waiting to decide.

In Other Ivory Towers: NESCAC grading systems

In Other Ivory Towers is the Record’s look at colleges and universities outside the Purple Bubble. This week, we are covering other NESCAC schools’ grading policies in light of decisions to transition to online learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As of publication, Colby, Connecticut College, Hamilton and Trinity had not yet announced changes to grading systems. Here’s what other NESCACs decided:

Universal pass/fail

Yesterday, President of the College Maud S. Mandel announced that Williams will transition to a universal pass/fail system for all students in all courses.

In Other Ivory Towers

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 52,600 students from U.S. colleges studied in China, Italy and South Korea, according to the International Institute of Education, and numbers in more recent years are likely to be similar. However, colleges around the country have recently faced difficult decisions due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak that has affected several popular study-abroad locations.

In Other Ivory Towers

In Other Ivory Towers is the Record’s look at colleges and universities outside the Purple Bubble. 

Colorado State University-Pueblo offers cannabis major

Colorado State University-Pueblo will be offering a four-year bachelor of science in cannabis biology and chemistry (CBC) beginning next fall, the Colorado Department of Higher Education announced in a Facebook post on Feb. 7. 

CSU-Pueblo is one of the first institutions in the nation to have a cannabis-related major.

In Other Ivory Towers: Universities protest ICE

In Other Ivory Towers is the Record’s look at colleges and universities outside the Purple Bubble. In the past several weeks, two universities have weathered controversy over interactions with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). 

Harvard University

The Harvard Crimson, Harvard’s daily student newspaper, is facing criticism over its decision to request comment from ICE for a Sept.