Stories by Kate McGee
As we continue our series on education, we hear what it’s been like to be a junior in high school and a freshman in college during the pandemic.
“We thought the [state] budget impasse was bad. We didn’t know it was just bootcamp training for the pandemic,” one higher ed official said.
“You’re paying for what seems like glorified YouTube videos,” said one college freshman who is doing school remotely from home.
Despite fears of a drop off amid the pandemic, enrollment at public universities and community colleges in Illinois mostly held steady.
WBEZ is sharing the stories of four freshmen this fall from the Chicago area — two on campus and two taking classes from home.
More than 500 parents and students rallied Sunday to pressure Gov. Pritzker to reinstate fall season contact sports.
At a time when experts say help is needed more than ever, an Illinois law meant to boost mental health services on campus remains unfunded.
Urbana-Champaign officials say students hosting parties will be suspended and students will be removed if they fail to follow safety rules.
While other schools have had to switch all classes online once students returned, U of I says it can manage an expected bump in campus cases.
Some local university employees feel shut out of fall planning and are demanding they be heard.