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 9, 2020
Jamie Merisotis
Virtual Bingo and Minecraft Graduation: During the Pandemic, College Students Recreate Campus Life at Home
Sarah Brown, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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As the pandemic escalates and people face health crises, financial challenges, job losses, and child-care issues, it might seem silly to think much about campus life and college traditions. But for millions of 18- to 20-somethings, going to college is a pivotal moment of newfound independence and relationship-building. Now many of them are back in their childhood bedrooms.

That’s why students and colleges forced to finish out the semester remotely are trying to make the best of it—by recreating the campus experience at home.

Jamie Merisotis
How a Small Tribal College Stepped Up to Make Face Shields for Health Workers
Sara Weissman, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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When a small tribal college in Michigan received a request from its community two weeks ago to make face masks for local workers providing key services during the coronavirus emergency, it immediately got to work. 

Using 3D printing technology, students in the advanced manufacturing program at Bay Mills Community College plan to produce 3,000 lightweight, reusable face shields in three weeks. Students already are manufacturing them at a rate of about 150 per day. The face shields will go to eight local organizations—two hospitals, a health center, a fire department, a correctional facility, two police departments, and a volunteer ambulance corps.

Jamie Merisotis
College Is Hard. Iggy, Pounce, Cowboy Joe, and Sunny Are Here to Help.
Laura Pappano, The New York Times
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With college campuses nearly shut down physically, administrators are leaning on artificial intelligence to help preserve, even build, relationships with students. 

Across the country, college classes have migrated to online learning platforms. But campuses must also reach students for matters like encouraging them to enroll or checking on their well-being, especially now. This new reality is elevating the use of chatbots and virtual assistants to simulate human conversation via text exchanges on everything from financial aid to COVID-19 updates.

Jamie Merisotis
How Do You Manage College Online—Quarantined With Eight People?
Meredith Kolodner, The Hechinger Report/The Washington Post
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Luis Gallardo’s favorite place to study was the library at the University of California, Berkeley. He preferred to work at night when it was quiet, and the distractions of the day didn’t pull at his mind. Now, with the campus closed due to the coronavirus, his refuge is gone. 

Gallardo is trying to finish his classes at his family’s two-bedroom apartment, which he shares with seven other people. For many students, the switch from the classroom to studying at home is mostly a disorienting inconvenience. But for low-income students, the situation can be dire.

Post-COVID: Building the Better Education System That We’ve Long Needed
Jamie Merisotis and Terri Taylor, Higher Learning Advocates
Adjusting to Remote Instruction at Community Colleges
Madeline St. Amour, Inside Higher Ed
Blog: The Pandemic and the Turn to Learning
Edward J. Maloney and Joshua Kim, Learning Innovation
Promoting Equity in CTE
Ellie Ashford, Community College Daily
How the Federal Relief Package Affects Higher Education
Jennifer Lee, Georgia Budget and Policy Institute
‘This Is the Time to Do It’
Matthew Dembicki, Community College Daily
Higher Ed and COVID-19
SimpsonScarborough
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