Top stories in higher ed for Thursday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
April 2, 2020
Jamie Merisotis
How the Coronavirus Is Prompting Higher-Ed Grantmakers to Change Course
Goldie Blumenstyk, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Grantmakers to higher education are suddenly confronting a new reality during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Many organizations are already shifting gears, prioritizing efforts to get more emergency aid directly into the hands of students in financial need and supporting academic services for populations of students who were already at a disadvantage in getting to and through college and will now be even more affected by the economic turmoil.

Jamie Merisotis
For Tribal Colleges That Have Always Struggled With Internet Access, Moving Online Isn’t Easy
Sara Weissman, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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Tribal colleges and universities—which serve more than 16,000 Native American students—have been hard hit by the coronavirus, as they try to support some of the poorest student populations in remote rural areas with limited technology and funds.

To confront the challenge, schools may put internet hotspots in towns within driving distance. It isn’t possible to give students hotspots at home—too many live in areas far from cell towers or blocked off by mountains. But this way, students can at least access their online course materials from their cars, and other community members can use the internet as well.

Jamie Merisotis
Can Hands-On Career and Tech Programs Go Online During School Shutdowns?
Steven Yoder, The Hechinger Report/PBS NewsHour
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In fields like history, literature, and French, transitioning to online learning—as many colleges and universities have done to fight the spread of the coronavirus—might sound challenging but doable. In some career and technical programs, it’s a different story.

For institutions like Peninsula College, it often means trying to figure out a workable resolution and more on the fly.

Jamie Merisotis
What Students Want Colleges to Know About COVID-19 Shutdowns
Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge
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In the wake of the coronavirus, educators and administrators alike have offered their thoughts about adjusting to life under school and college shutdowns. But what about the perspective of students?

In this podcast, several students share their stories about access, equity, and online learning—plus what colleges and universities can do to better support them during this challenging time.

What the Shift to Virtual Learning Could Mean for the Future of Higher Ed
Vijay Govindarajan and Anup Srivastava, Harvard Business Review
Preparing for a Fall Without In-Person Classes
Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed
A Deeper Look at the CARES Act
David Baime, Community College Daily
Suspension of Financial Responsibility Scores?
Paul Fain and Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed
COVID-19 Federal Policy Summary
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