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A number of area colleges and universities have announced they plan to reopen in the fall. Their plans come with modifications to the academic calendar, online courses, and policies that address physical distancing and safety guidelines. Meanwhile, students, faculty, and parents have questions and concerns about what to anticipate.

We talk with the presidents of three local colleges about what they’re expecting for their institutions. Our guests:

Psychiatrists and mental health counselors across the country say college students are facing a campus mental health "epidemic." NPR reported on the issue last year, and now, with the pandemic shutting down campuses and pushing students to online learning at home, many may face additional challenges.

The SUNY system has created a task force to enhance mental health support and services for students. This hour, we discuss the work of that group, and how the pandemic is impacting students' mental health. Our guests:

  • Kate Wolfe-Lyga, director of the Counseling Services Center at SUNY College at Oswego
  • B. Janet Hibbs, family and couples psychotherapist, and co-author of "The Stressed Years of Their Lives"
  • Brigid Cahill, director of the University Counseling Center at the University of Rochester
  • Stephanie Guilin, student at Monroe Community College, and mental health advocate

When celebrity parents Felicity Huffman and Lori Laughlin were arrested this week, it set off a national conversation about what parents will do to help their children. According to law enforcement, Huffman and Laughlin paid bribes to agencies that would create false profiles in order to help their children get into elite colleges.

Our guests discuss the value of letting children fail, and the advantages that wealthy families have. In studio:

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Reporter Claudio Sanchez, who appears regularly on NPR programs like Morning Edition and All Things Considered, took part this week in the 150th anniversary kickoff at Wells College in Aurora, in Cayuga County on Thursday.

He was part of a discussion on a wide range of topics, including the future of higher education in America.

Non-tenured faculty members at the University of Rochester are considering forming a union to help adjunct and contingent professors improve their compensation. They could join colleagues at more than 40 colleges around the country who have unionized.

Those who support unionization say it would improve adjunct faculty members’ standard of living, provide a more stable environment for students, and increase retention and graduation rates. Opponents argue that it will result in fewer jobs, larger class sizes, and less money being available for scholarships and tuition relief.  

Our panel discusses both sides of the issue. Our guests:

  • Lisa Cerami, adjunct professor of German at Nazareth College
  • Matt Witten, adjunct professor of contemporary music at the University of Rochester, Monroe Community College, Finger Lakes Community College, Rowan University, and D’Youville College
  • Christopher Niemiec, senior lecturer in psychology at the University of Rochester
  • Miles Meth, University of Rochester student in favor of the union
  • Darya Nicol, University of Rochester student in favor of the union

Coming up on Connections: Wednesday, January 22nd

Jan 22, 2014
University of Rochester

12 Noon: The future of corrective eye surgery: Fixing our eyes without cutting the cornea

1pm: Livable communities: Where we're succeeding, and where we're failing.

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For the third consecutive year the Rochester Institute of Technology has been named one of North America’s Greenest Universities. 

Princeton's Guide to 322 Green Colleges evaluates colleges and universities on environmentally related policies, practices and academic offerings.