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Stateside: UM, MSU diverge on plans for fall; college access during COVID; tips for remote learning

Michigan State University professor Rebecca Jacobsen said she approves of the university's decision to conduct undergraduate classes remotely this fall, although she's unsure of how best to hold in-depth class discussions virtually.

Today on Stateside, on Tuesday, Michigan State University announced it was transitioning to remote learning for undergraduates and urged students to stay home. Meanwhile, faculty at the University of Michigan are protesting the university’s decision to continue with in-person classes. Conversations with professors from both universities tell a tale of two schools. Plus, how the pandemic highlights racial inequality in college access.

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MSU tells students to stay home, faculty says it’s the right decision

Stateside’s conversation with Rebecca Jacobsen

  • Rebecca Jacobsen is an associate professor of education, politics, and policy in the Department of Educational Administration at Michigan State University.

UM pushes forward with in-person learning, and faculty push back

Stateside’s conversation with Kentaro Toyama

  • Kentaro Toyama is the W.K. Kellogg Professor of Community Information at the University of Michigan School of Information.

How the global health pandemic is shedding light on racial inequity in college access

Stateside’s conversation with Ryan Fewins-Bliss

  • Ryan Fewins-Bliss is the executive director of Michigan College Access Network.

What educators in online schools can teach us about the year ahead

Stateside’s conversation with Heather Ballien

  • Heather Ballien is superintendent of the Great Lakes Learning Academy, a tuition-free online public school.
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