City College prez Vincent Boudreau on keeping higher education affordable

Has switching to a digital setting been tough?

We had virtually no experience at working from a distance. Prior to the pandemic, 3% of our classes were offered online. We have educators without much experience teaching online, and we have a student body whose hold on education and their belief in their own ability to get a college degree is precarious. Thats a dangerous combination.

What is your own biggest concern?

I wonder all the time if we are missing a generation of students who had the potential to change their lives through a college education, but they happened to hit college at a time when we didnt have the kind of welcoming, person-to-person, face-to-face embrace thats been so important and keeps so many students on campus.

How do you drive down costs in higher education?

You take a look at state schools and

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