The disease that could topple traditional higher ed

“Illness strikes men when they are exposed to change.” So wrote the 5th century B.C. Greek historian, Herodotus, widely regarded as the “Father of History.”

If change breeds illness, might it also be true that illness breeds change? This is the thesis of a recent report chronicling the challenges faced by American higher education due to the Covid-19 global pandemic. It comes from a national survey conducted by Art & Science Group, a Baltimore-based consulting firm. It finds that students are focusing keenly on the pandemic and its effects. Fully 90 percent of respondents said they seek out news about the pandemic at least daily.

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