Could the pandemic change college forever?

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A teen sitting on a couch with a laptop surrounded by books.
Destiny Gray, 18, of Austin, Minn., studies in her living room. Gray is one of many Minnesota high school seniors who is left wondering about how normal her college experience will be once fall semester comes around. Hanging in the background is Gray's prom dress. It was never worn because of COVID-19 shutting down schools, leaving her missing out on one milestone that was supposed to celebrate the end of her high school journey.
Courtesy of Jana Norman

When universities are set to resume in the fall of 2020, the pandemic will still be in full swing. Most college leaders are already playing out different scenarios. Could students continue online learning? Should dorms reopen? Is it better to delay the start of the school year?

Perhaps most importantly: If the college experience is really all about community, how can they adapt to a virtual world? And for families looking to send students to college, will the high cost of college be justified?

Tuesday on MPR News with Kerri Miller, the first of two shows about the future of college. First up: How colleges might abruptly change how they educate students. Next week: Is college worth the financial risk at this moment?


  • Angel Perez, vice president for enrollment and student Success at Trinity College and CEO-elect of the National Association for College Admissions Counseling

  • Brian Rosenberg, president of Macalester College

To listen to the full conversation you can use the audio player above.

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