HBCUs get $15 million from Gates Foundation to expand coronavirus testing

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“This will give us a different level of capacity,” said Wayne A.I. Frederick, the president of Howard. “The intent was really to have all the HBCUs participate, and if you have 10 hubs . . . I think we do have the capacity to cover just about everyone.”

Howard aims to work with other D.C.-area HBCUs, including Morgan State and Coppin State universities in Baltimore and the University of the District of Columbia, Frederick said.

HBCUs and the communities they serve have been among the hardest hit by the coronavirus. Black colleges and universities, historically under-resourced, are being acutely affected by the financial crisis the pandemic ushered into the world of higher education. And Black Americans, in part because of disparities in health-care access that are exacerbated by economic inequality, are at an increased risk of contracting the coronavirus and dying of covid-19, the disease it causes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

But university leaders are hopeful the support from the Gates Foundation will make a difference by bringing more tests and faster results to their communities.

“All of us are located in . . . communities where these disparities are occurring and where the impact, I believe, will be tremendously great,” said Larry Robinson, the president of Florida A&M University in Tallahassee. Florida A&M also was selected to be a testing hub. He said the university will process tests for three other HBCUs in Florida.

Other testing hubs announced Tuesday will be at Hampton University in Hampton, Va., Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, and Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans. Up to four more schools will be selected in the coming weeks, a Gates Foundation executive said.

“The colleges and universities will continue to need access to diagnostic


Galloway: Disney needs to expand its members-only perks, education

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  • Scott Galloway is a bestselling author and professor of marketing at NYU Stern.
  • The following is his recent blog post and video, republished with permission. It originally ran on his blog, “No Mercy / No Malice.”
  • Galloway says that if Disney Inc. wants to boost its current underwhelming performance in the stock market, it needs to expand its Disney+ offerings. 
  • He says the company should launch a ‘rundle’ — a recurring revenue bundle — that offers members-only perks to attract millions of families with school-age children.
  • Providing kids with edutainment addresses a great challenge of COVID-19: the disturbingly high number of children from low-income households falling behind in remote learning.
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The biggest unlock of shareholder value from 2005 to 2015 has been digital technologies that increased choice — the iPhone bringing the world to your pocket and Amazon’s endless aisle. The greatest accretion of shareholder value from 2015 to 2025 has been / will be recurring revenue bundles that decrease choice — Apple One and Amazon Prime. The biggest mistake marketers make is believing choice is a good thing. It isn’t. Consumers don’t want more choice, but to be more confident in the choices presented. 

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It took Apple 42 years to get to $1 trillion in value, and then five months to get to $2 trillion despite no increase in earnings and anemic growth. It now trades at 35x earnings versus an average of 16x over the last 10 years. Much of the recasting of Apple is due to a move to recurring revenue, which now accounts for 22% of top-line. Since launching Amazon Prime, and establishing a monogamous relationship with 82% of US households, Amazon has likely added the value of all other retail in the US and Europe ($1.5


Proposal to expand College Football Playoff to eight teams shelved

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Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott suggested expanding the College Football Playoff from four to eight teams for this season, but the CFP management committee did not approve the idea during Wednesday’s meeting, CFP executive director Bill Hancock told ESPN.

Although the playoff won’t expand this season, the commissioners have reviewed the current format annually. Wednesday’s meeting was the first time, though, that it became public that one Power 5 commissioner had specifically pitched an eight-team format to the group for consideration.

“They decided that doing that now would be such a significant change, and come with so many challenges, especially given the timing with the season already underway, that they concluded that the best outcome would be to make no changes in the format,” Hancock told ESPN. “They will continue to discuss the future, which is just good, responsible business practice, although I must say that dealing with COVID has become everyone’s focus now.”

For the format of the playoff to change, it would first need support from the 10 FBS commissioners and Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick. The CFP board of managers, which comprises 11 university presidents and chancellors, has the ultimate authority. The CFP is in the seventh season of its 12-year contract.

“Whether it’s six or eight, at some point in time it’s going to happen,” Stanford coach David Shaw told reporters Wednesday. “We all know it; we all believe it. We’re just going to do it very, very slowly and methodically, but it’s the only thing that makes sense.

“The only thing that should matter is: Did you fight really, really hard your entire season to win your conference? If you did, you should get a ticket to the dance. Now, outside of those five, now who deserves it? You have to look at independents, you


College Football Playoff won’t expand to eight teams despite proposal from Pac-12 for 2020

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The College Football Playoff has no intention to expand its field for the 2020 season despite a suggestion from Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott that it double in size from four to eight teams, sources told CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd. Brought forth during a Wednesday meeting with the CFP Management Committee, this is the first time a pitch for an expanded playoff from a Power Five commissioner has been made public.

Scott’s suggestion for an eight-team playoff comes during a year marred by staggered, uneven and shortened schedules due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The discussion was first reported by ESPN.

CFP sources told CBS Sports that Scott merely “mentioned” expansion in terms of asking, “Is this something we should consider?” during a call with the committee. The discussion among the 10 FBS commissioners and Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick was not contentious.

It had long been speculated that, because of COVID-19, expansion of the four-team bracket would be a way to recoup some lost revenue for the sport.

The committee oversees and sets policy for the CFP. The Pac-12 is seen as the most vulnerable of the Power Five conferences in terms of playoff eligibility this season. Its is playing the fewest games of any Power Five league (seven) and is not starting its conference-only schedule until Nov. 6. The other Power Five conferences are all playing at least 10 games.

No action was taken Wednesday to create a threshold for playoff eligibility. It has been recommended by multiple NCAA committees that the organization remove all on-field bowl eligibility restrictions for the 2020-21 cycle.

The CFP is entering its seventh season as part of a 12-year contract between the 130 FBS schools and ESPN. If the four-team bracket were to be expanded, ESPN would have to find additional revenue