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Gov. Northam speaks

Northam proposes saving colleges $300 million by restructuring higher education debt

"Gov. Ralph Northam is throwing a lifeline to Virginia’s public colleges and universities, which would save $300 million over the next two years through the proposed restructuring of their debt for capital projects as they struggle with the costs of the COVID-19 pandemic," reports the Richmond Times Dispatch.

Photo: Gov. Northam (Photo Credit: Bob Brown)

Virginia Tech students returning to dorms

Virginia college leaders expect online classes to continue at least through the spring semester

"Life on college campuses as it currently exists, with online classes, COVID-19 tests randomly administered to students and distancing measures taken in dorms and academic buildings, is likely to extend into the 2021 spring semester.Multiple college presidents have said that the next semester is likely to resemble the current one"reports the Richmond Times Dispatch.

Photo: Virginia Tech students started moving into on-campus housing on Aug. 14. Some are now having to move again to create more quarantine capacity. (Photo Credit: The Roanoke Times | File 2020)

evidence based decisionsEditorial: Colleges and universities pride themselves on evidence-based decisions. No exceptions should be made for COVID-19.

"Virginia’s colleges and universities pride themselves on “evidence-based” decisions. Departments including nursing, psychology, social work and medicine all employ the term, which relies on empirical data, observations and experiences, not theories or logic. We hope that schools across the commonwealth follow this critical principle to make good COVID-19 choices in the critical weeks ahead," according to this Free Lance-Star editorial.

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