THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON HIGHER EDUCATION

Marguerite DennisINFORMATION FOR PRESIDENTS, VICE-CHANCELLORS. CHIEF INNOVATION
OFFICERS, ENROLLMENT MANAGERS, DEANS OF ADMISSION, REGISTRARS,
ALTERNATIVE EDUCATIONAL PROVIDERS, AND EDUCATIONAL CONSULTANTS

MARGUERITE J. DENNIS

BULLETIN # 23 SEPTEMBER 7- 11, 2020

REMINDER
The first installment of my white paper, The Reimagined University, will be
published by University World News on September 13, 2020. You can access the
first of three installments by logging onto:
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I don’t think there are two universities that have the same protocol. It’s national
chaos.
Irwin Redlener, director of the Pandemic Resource and Response Initiative at
Columbia University

US COLLEGES -OPENINGS AND CLOSINGS, STARTS AND STOPS
A majority of colleges and universities in the United States began the fall
semester in the past two weeks. The following are some of the reported results:
Colleges in all 50 states have reported COVID-19 cased among students.
To date, there are more than 88,000 American college and university students
infected with the virus.

The Ohio State University issued 225 interim suspensions to students who
attended off-campus parties.
Several students, attending Northeastern University in Massachusetts, were
suspended after attending a party in a Boston hotel. None of their $36,000 tuition
and fee charges are refundable.
The University of North Carolina sent a letter to students saying the school would
cancel in-person instruction for undergraduates after 130 students tested positive
for the virus one week after the start of classes.
Illinois University has quarantined the entire student body after several cases of
the virus were reported.
You may draw your own conclusions about the wisdom of not having a national
protocol of policies and procedures for college and university semester openings.
AND
55 million elementary and secondary school students in the United States went
back to school this week and already 500,000 children tested positive for COVID-
19.

INTERNATIONAL STATISTICS
According to a UNESCO report, 1.5 billion students in 194 countries have been
infected with the virus.

GEOPOLITICS
The United States has revoked the visas of more than 1,000 Chinese nationals
since June 2020. The decision is aimed at graduate students and researchers
believed to have ties to the Chinese military. Another ruling requires any Chinese
diplomat to get permission before setting foot on any college or university in the
United States.
The Australian government is seeking power to veto or scrap agreements that
universities have with foreign countries. The veto, if approved, would affect many

of the arrangements Australian schools have with colleges and universities in
China.
In the future the Indian government will require all Chinese academics in India to
go through additional screening. The government is also reviewing dozens of
MOUs between Indian schools and Chinese colleges and universities.
China’s National Security Law, in place since July 2020, identifies a wide range of
campus activities that can be considered, by the Chinese government, as collusion
with a foreign country against China. Although originally intended for schools in
Hong Kong, this can potentially extend to colleges and universities worldwide.
Zoom authorities admitted they had been pressured by the Chinese government
to suspend Zoom conferences that were deemed sensitive to China.
Last week I shared with you that students in certain courses, taught at Princeton
and Harvard universities, will submit work using a code instead of their names.
There can be no unbundling of the political tensions between China and the
United States, Australia, and India and higher education. I predict this will only
increase in the future and will negatively impact Chinese and international
student mobility as well as research collaboration between universities
worldwide.
CHINA UPDATE
China has established educational cooperation and exchange agreements with
188 countries and this week announced the recognition of the higher education
degrees of 54 countries and 46 international organizations. This decision will
undoubtedly increase the number of graduate students and researchers seeking
admission to Chinese institutions.
On September 4 th , the 2020 China International Fair for Trade and Services
opened. In the middle of this pandemic, 100,000 people, 18,000 corporations,
organizations, and institutions from 148, countries registered to attend.
Chinese higher education policies have been marching steadily toward making
China the number one importer of international students. I am more than curious
to learn the number of international students who will enroll in China for the fall
semester.

REIMAGINED UNIVERSITY
The University of Arizona announced that it will partner with WeWork to allow
international students access to workspace in their home countries. There are 500
WeWork locations in 80 cities across 37 countries. This collaboration will allow
international students, who cannot attend the University of Arizona because of
the pandemic, to continue studying at the university.

FINALLY
I learned a new word this week: logomachy, or an argument about words. There
can be no logomachy about the words I used in this week’s bulletin to describe
the chaos and confusion in higher education at the beginning of the fall semester.

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