At the University of Arizona, "no students from the thousands who eventually tested positive have gotten seriously ill, or even required hospitalization."
The finances of the U. of Arizona "show starkly why the school, and others like it, so urgently needed students to return to school. ... Arizona’s state legislature has cut funding for the state’s universities by more than half since the Great Recession"
Like a lot of people, I spent the summer and early fall looking at the numbers and wondering why on earth a university would even try to reopen, given the risk. This story convinced me that for a lot of schools, it was never really a choice:
I've seen people say that reading this made them understand why colleges had no choice but to open, but reading it just reinforced for me how broken everything is.
This is an extremely interesting, well-done profile of the University of Arizona's decision to reopen and the pressures colleges are facing. But I think it lets the institutions off the hook a little too easily.
Raw sewage. A salad-making robot. 400,000 masks. And a wary faculty. What did it take to reopen a great American university in the pandemic? That — & 10,000 coronavirus tests a week. One university's race to be ready this fall. And what happened then.
Reopening the University of Arizona amid the pandemic was an $8 million, 117-day sprint. reports on how—and why—the university did it
The Risk Universities Can’t Not Take Inside the University of Arizona's $8-million, 117-day fight to reopen amid a pandemic- The Atlantic #HistSAHE