Updates on the COVID-19

‘A shelter in the time of storm’: When on campus is safer than online

What criteria should be used for opening a college campus during a pandemic? For some schools that serve students of color, the decision included weighing where their students would be more safe. When the coronavirus pandemic shut down colleges nationwide in the spring, Fabeina Riggins returned home to her three younger siblings, three dogs and …

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Benedict College Creates Bubble To Keep COVID-19 Out

Benedict College’s president says it had no choice but to bring students back to campus this fall. The historically Black college serves students who often don’t have access to the internet or are facing food and housing insecurities. Instead, the school is attempting to create a bubble to keep coronavirus out. NPR’s Elissa Nadworny reports. This segment aired …

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An Interview with Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis About the Opening of College Campuses During COVID-19

REOPENING COLLEGE CAMPUSES DURING COVID-19 Part 7: Roslyn Clark Artis, President of Benedict College​ The campus of Benedict College, a private liberal arts HBCU with 2,100 students, has been open for the fall semester since early August. President Roslyn Clark Artis shares why she believes remaining all-online was not an option, how to help students …

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Benedict Cheerleading staying upbeat as fall sports postponed

(WACH)- The fall semester for the Benedict College cheerleading squad has changed drastically with the postponement of fall sports. The squad, which cheers at every fall sporting event, is normally made up of 40 cheerleaders. However, due to COVID-19, they only have 18 on campus right now. “We’re at 10 feet apart right now,” Coach …

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Benedict College Ramps Up Safety Measures As In-Person Classes Begin

Over the summer, Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis, president of Benedict College, spent as much time urging students to stay home and take their classes remotely this fall as she did preparing to welcome those students who told her they “need” to live and learn on the Columbia, South Carolina campus. Monday, August 10, is the …

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What Will ‘Back to Campus’ Mean? Analyzing Universities’ Plans for Reopening This Fall

While many schools are online-only, those returning in person get tough Want to return to a college campus this fall? You’ll have to strictly follow tough rules. Fail to wear a mask or follow other strict safety requirements at Benedict College in Columbia, S.C., and “you will be excised from the community. You will be …

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CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act Disclosure

Participation Acknowledgment Benedict College applied for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) on April 10, 2020. The certification and agreement require Benedict to utilize no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students for expenses related to the disruption …

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To sync or async: Considerations for access in virtual learning

BY JAMES K. WINFIELD The sudden shift to all-online teaching has led many educators to wonder if they should avoid synchronous instruction altogether. The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken the health and economy of the world. The higher-ed landscape has seen a significant impact, as instructors are overwhelmingly utilizing remote conferencing services and are charged to …

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