6 Reasons to Pursue An MBA Degree Online - Big Easy Magazine

6 Reasons to Pursue An MBA Degree Online - Big Easy Magazine 6 Reasons to Pursue An MBA Degree Online - Big Easy Magazine Posted: 27 Nov 2020 09:28 AM PST The year 2020 has taken the world by storm with its constant influx of negative and life-changing news. Everything that was considered normal has been replaced with a new sense of reality where nothing is the same as it once was. From going out for errands to meeting your loved ones, everything is tainted with the fear of contracting a deadly virus. To counter these conditions, many business sectors have made adjustments and shifted online, including education. Universities worldwide have introduced online programs and courses that have made e-learning extremely easy and efficient. This even includes the veer so popular MBA.  To Be honest, an online MBA isn't a new concept. The program was available even before the pandemic. Nonetheless, there are more options available now, and he

Many College Students Head Home Lacking Covid-19 Tests - msnNOW

Many College Students Head Home Lacking Covid-19 Tests - msnNOW

Many College Students Head Home Lacking Covid-19 Tests - msnNOW

Posted: 21 Nov 2020 06:57 PM PST

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Hundreds of thousands of college students are poised to leave campuses next week and travel home without taking a Covid-19 test, creating a significant health risk in their hometowns.

Less than one-third of schools have mandated testing, said Chris Marsicano, an educational-studies professor at Davidson College and founding director of the College Crisis Initiative, an effort to track the responses to the pandemic by colleges and universities around the country. Some schools are asking students to spend the holiday on campus, while others are moving all classes online after Thanksgiving break.

"Any institution that is not doing exit testing right now has the potential to be a time bomb," Dr. Marsicano said. "They are likely contributing to an incredible increase across the country."

When students moved to campus in the fall, there was an uptick in the U.S. of around 3,200 cases a day, according to research by Dr. Marsicano and colleagues.

He expects a similar increase as students leave for Thanksgiving break—only this time the spread wouldn't be focused on colleges but on hometowns.

People in their teens and 20s are among the most likely to carry the virus and not know it unless they are tested, because many young people who are infected are asymptomatic. "This is a big issue," said Sen Pei, an infectious-disease modeler and associate research scientist at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. "Young people have been the drivers of transmission in the U.S."

Hundreds of schools have mandated tests for students heading home and are offering them—free of charge. But most schools are only recommending tests, according to Dr. Marsicano. On Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged Americans not to travel for Thanksgiving. 

An official said the agency is alarmed by the exponential growth in Covid-19 cases, as well as rising hospitalizations and deaths. The CDC isn't a regulatory agency and doesn't have the power to impose a no-travel mandate.

About 50 million Americans are expected to travel in the coming days. Thanksgiving is traditionally the busiest travel period of the year. The nation is currently enduring a surge in coronavirus cases. More than 250,000 Americans have died since the pandemic began.

Of all the travelers commuting during the holiday, officials have pointed to college students as a major potential problem.

The governors of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Massachusetts are urging all colleges to make testing available to all residential students before they leave for Thanksgiving break.

"Testing should apply to all students whether they live on or off campus," Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said Wednesday. He asked colleges to ensure that every student leaving for the holiday get a Covid-19 test administered by the school and a negative result within 72 hours of departure.

Boston University and the University of Notre Dame are mandating testing for students who leave for the break. At Notre Dame, students who aren't tested on the way out won't be able to register for classes next semester. Boston University is encouraging students to stay at the school over the holiday.

But hundreds of other schools are only recommending a Covid-19 test before students leave for the holiday. This policy will mostly attract students with symptoms and "the walking worried," said David Paltiel, a professor at the Yale School of Public Health.

Dr. Paltiel fears students who are asymptomatic and feel fine won't be tested and will spread the virus when they return home.

Schools that are doing symptom checks instead of testing "make for good theater but nothing else," he said.

At the University of Michigan, which experienced outbreaks and a stay-in- place order last month, only undergraduates who live on campus are mandated to get tested, but there is no enforcement mechanism. Students who live off campus are encouraged to be tested. Tests were available through Nov. 20, and as of Wednesday a bit over half had been tested, said Preeti Malani, the chief health officer at the University of Michigan and a professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases.

Dr. Malani said it wasn't logistically feasible to test every student because the school wasn't sure who was still in the area, who is traveling and who has already had Covid-19.

"Everything about life is risky right now," she said. "It's all about trying to mitigate the risk and give people good information to make good decisions."

At the University of Kentucky, students are strongly encouraged to be tested, but there is no mandate. The school tested about 24,000 students, including anyone who came onto the campus, but doesn't expect to test that many students who are leaving.

"I would be very happy if we are in the 60 to 70 percent range," said Lance Poston, co-project director of UK Health Corps.

In New Jersey, Marjorie Heyman is anxiously waiting for her son, a junior at the University of Michigan, and her daughter, who just graduated from the school. They will be driving home together for the holiday.

Both have tested negative, but she said she is concerned that the tests might not be reliable. She plans to greet them at the door with a hug—with all of them wearing masks. She said she sympathizes with the university's predicament in trying to manage a school in the middle of a pandemic but wishes it had enforced stricter protocols.

"I think from the beginning they should have had mandatory testing," she said. "Then maybe they could have had more in-person classes. But who knows? This whole thing is such a crapshoot."

Write to Douglas Belkin at doug.belkin@wsj.com

State orders TPS to provide make-up time for special-education students - Toledo Blade

Posted: 21 Nov 2020 06:33 PM PST

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CPS selective enrollment high schools plan in-person entrance exams despite COVID-19 risks - Chicago Tribune

Posted: 21 Nov 2020 12:55 PM PST

Close to 1,200 students took selective enrollment tests across five testing sites Nov. 14, according to CPS. In addition to Saturday, upcoming test dates include six dates in December. More may be added "on a rolling basis, depending on demand," according to CPS officials, who stressed that taking and proctoring the test are both voluntary.

The best small college in every state | National News - McDowell News

Posted: 28 Oct 2020 12:00 AM PDT

A big state school with a roaring football stadium and packed lecture halls is not the ideal college experience for everyone. Many degree-seekers prefer the intimate atmosphere of classrooms with less than 10 students, where professors are known by their first names, and there's no long wait for office hours. Such tiny colleges are prevalent throughout small towns in America, and even in (or on the outskirts of) big cities. Many maintain the idyllic charm of well-manicured quads and gothic buildings, while others can cite the Rocky Mountains or Pacific Ocean beaches as draws to their community.

Stacker compiled a list of the best small college in every state using rankings from Niche, released in 2020. In Niche's 2021 Best Small Colleges, four-year colleges with under 5,000 students were considered. Wyoming is not included because Niche did not rank any small colleges in the state. However, we did include Washington D.C. Each college chosen includes its student-to-faculty ratio, graduation rate, six-year median earnings, and other key data.

Plenty of the schools on the list are centered on strong religious beliefs, while others originated from nursing backgrounds or with donations from some of the founding fathers. The benefits offered by these schools include unique majors, prestigious science programs, and award-winning faculty. But there are other perks to be found, too—like the school in Alaska where you can learn to swing dance, the Connecticut school offering full rides to students from Asia, and the traditional women's college that offers all the same perks as its Ivy League neighbor.

Click through to see what the best small college is in your state, and whether or not your alma mater—or a school you've had in mind to apply to—made the cut.

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