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Kansas City’s Small Colleges And Universities Say Their Size Could Turn Out To Be An Advantage In The Pandemic

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Kansas City's Small Colleges And Universities Say Their Size Could Turn Out To Be An Advantage In The Pandemic

Photo: William Jewell College will reopen in the fall after training students, faculty and staff on safety protocols during a pandemic. The college is offering single dorms to students for no additional fees. Photo submitted by William Jewell College. Article by Elle Moxley.

Smaller schools think they could be an attractive option this fall for students wanting to save money and avoid overcrowded classrooms.

As many colleges and universities across the country make cuts to offset COVID-19 losses, some of Kansas City’s smaller schools say their size is turning out to be an advantage in the pandemic.

Fall enrollment at William Jewell College is actually up slightly from this time last year, President Elizabeth MacLeod Walls told Steve Kraske on KCUR’s Up To Date Monday.

“We’re a small community. We know all of our students personally. We know all of their stories,” MacLeod Walls said. “We’ve decided we can reopen in the fall safely.” […]

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