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Not good news for the Cleveland Orchestra
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It used to be possible to pay for college with a summer job, work scholarships and after school part time work. Today, many students struggle to pay for college and go into debt using student loans.

Quality on line college education at a reduced cost to students is more technically possible today than ever before, but colleges resist it because they bring in more money by charging full tuition and room and board. Their professors don't like on line education because of the extra work required to put together a quality on line class. Students don't like on line education because most of their teachers are terrible at on line classes. Most colleges and teachers lack any financial incentive to offer quality on line education.

However, in person college makes about as much sense financially today as continuing to build shopping malls in the age of Amazon. It's expensive to build and maintain college campuses.

The risks of bringing large numbers of students back to campus indoors this Fall should be fairly obvious and yet this is where most colleges are headed because of their own financial reasons.

I don't know much about UC except they were pretty early in stating they would conduct classes online this Fall unlike many colleges who are still hedging what they will do this Fall. I would guess UC feels exceptionally confident about their funding and enrollment going forward which makes them different than the colleges who are quietly wringing their hands about their financial need to get full paying students back on campus in spite of the obvious risks. And because colleges know this is the situation, they are quietly asking Congress to pass immunity laws to cover themselves.

You'd think the present situation would be a turning point to make college education more efficient, more affordable and more safe, but....
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