Higher Education

Metabolite hemp being grown at the Central State University research farm in Wilberforce.
Chris Welter / WYSO

Central State University in Wilberforce has received a $1.3 million hemp research contract from the United States Food and Drug Administration.

Coronavirus On Campus

Oct 9, 2020
Ohio State graduate student Lia Christine Dewey making signs for a protest.
Nick Evans / WOSU

This episode originally aired on Oct. 1, 2020.

Many colleges and universities planned to have some kind of normal college experience this fall. But a little over a month into the semester, most students are taking class online.

With the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases rising on its Kent campus, Kent State University is taking steps to increase the availability for testing for anyone who might want it.

Case Western Reserve University

Zoë Büki was a freshman at Case Western Reserve University when she was assaulted. She was hanging out with a group of students and ended up alone with one of the guys in her dorm room.

COVID-19's Impact On College Life

Oct 1, 2020
Ohio State students line up for COVID-19 tests before the Labor Day weekend on Sept. 4, 2020.
Adora Namigadde / WOSU

Many colleges and universities planned to have some kind of normal college experience this fall. But a little over a month into the semester, most students are taking class online.

To help students who are struggling, Ohio State has implemented a pass/no-pass option and extended the deadline to drop classes.

Ohio State students line up for COVID-19 tests before the Labor Day weekend on Sept. 4, 2020.
Adora Namigadde / WOSU

Ohio State’s latest COVID-19 testing data shows a steady downward trend in positivity rates, although figures for students living off-campus remain higher than those in dorms.

Enrollment at U.S. community colleges has dropped nearly 8% this fall, newly released figures show, part of an overall decline in undergraduate enrollment as students face a global pandemic and the worst economic recession in decades.

Often, enrollment in higher education spikes in times of high unemployment and recession as students seek additional job skills and postpone entering the workforce. But the pandemic has overturned those traditional calculations, according to preliminary data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, which tracks college enrollment.

John Carroll University is in the process of updating its faculty handbook, but what seems like a routine piece of university business has caused an uproar among the faculty. ideastream's Ida Lieszkovszky spoke with Morning Edition host Amy Eddings about the proposed changes and concerns. 

What's going on at John Carroll University with the proposed faculty handbook? 

As colleges around the U.S. are facing COVID-19 outbreaks and crackdowns on students engaged in coronavirus-risky behavior, campuses are also facing a new threat: legal challenges from the students they're punishing.

Ohio State University

Ohio State University has canceled next year’s spring break to reduce student travel during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. It’s one of several schedule adjustments the school is making to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.

Ohio State biological engineering student Kelly Sprangel was one of the off-campus students randomly selected to be tested for COVID-19.
Adora Namigadde / WOSU

Ohio State University is asking students with travel plans over Labor Day weekend to get tested for COVID-19 before heading out.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine
Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

Ohio schools and parents will need to follow new requirements for reporting COVID-19 cases beginning September 8, Gov. Mike DeWine said at his coronavirus briefing on Thursday.

New Ohio State President Kristina Johnson

Sep 1, 2020
Dr. Kristina Johnson is the new president of The Ohio State University.
The Ohio State University

Kristina Johnson has stepped into the role of president of Ohio State University during an unprecedented time of social upheaval and pandemic-related precaution.

Gov. Mike DeWine gives a coronavirus update from his home on August 20, 2020.
Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

Gov. Mike DeWine says the state is already seeing an increase of of COVID-19 cases as schools and colleges bring students back to campus.

As the fall semester gets underway, college students are reuniting with their friends, getting (re)acquainted with campus and doing what college students often do: partying. But in the time of the coronavirus, as more parties surface university administrators have been quick to condemn — and even berate — the behavior of students.

"Be better. Be adults. Think of someone other than yourself," pleaded a letter to students at Syracuse University following a large gathering on campus.

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