Published September 23, 2020
On September 21, Dr. Juliann Sebastian, dean of the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing, joined with her colleagues from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Committee on the Health and Medical Dimensions of Social Isolation and Loneliness in Older Adults, to publish a new commentary in NAM Perspectives titled The World Has Changed: Emerging Challenges for Health Care Research to Reduce Social Isolation and Loneliness Related to COVID-19. In this paper, the authors offer a preliminary outline of proposed research priorities to inform strategies to mitigate the health effects of social isolation and loneliness during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
On September 21, Inside Higher Ed released findings from its 2020 Survey of College and University Admissions Officials, which was conducted by Gallup in August with 433 schools responding. With most colleges expecting to decrease enrollments this year, fully 90% of respondents were concerned or very concerned about meeting their institution’s enrollment goals this fall. The survey also found that the majority of schools that went test optional or test blind during the pandemic do not expect to ever restore a standardized testing requirement in admissions.
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