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Colleges Welcome Students Back With An Abundance Of Caution

After a year when colleges offered a wide variety of learning options during the pandemic, the vast majority have opened their classrooms, residence halls, and athletic fields for a true on-campus experience this fall, but they are doing so with caution.


As vice president for Student Affairs and dean of students at American International College (AIC) in Springfield, Matt Scott is just one of countless higher-education administrators who have spent the past 18 months adapting to one unexpected development after another when it came to COVID-19 and how students could best learn and interact during the pandemic. Scott shared that the College has become expert at pivoting with frequent changes. The latest pivot for AIC, one similar to what most colleges and universities are doing, involves students living and learning on campus, with residence halls open and clubs and sports in full swing. But a facemask requirement is back, too, at least indoors. And AIC is also requiring students and employees to be vaccinated against COVID. The full story is available in BusinessWest.

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