COVID-19 is having a huge impact on higher education nationwide.
Colleges and universities have shifted to online classes during the pandemic. But a former Western Michigan University professor says she's worried about the long-term effects. Kristin Sylvian says she's afraid the pandemic will accelerate the trend toward online instruction:
"And to move further away from traditional classrooms, largely driven more by a financial model and staffing concerns rather than the intellectual value and really what's best for the student."
Sylvian now teaches history and library science at Saint Johns University in New York. She says many of her students say they feel isolated when all of their classes are online.