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Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
April 10, 2020
Four Colleges, Two Weeks, One Choice: How Covid-19 Scattered U.S. Higher Education
Lindsay Ellis, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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As the coronavirus pandemic spread, campus presidents came to grips with a reality that had once been unthinkable. Their choices, collectively, helped pave the way for the rest of the country to follow suit, shuttering everything from sports leagues to coffee shops.

The other consequences of higher education's big decision—on scholars, colleges, and the country—will not soon be fully known. This is the story of how that decision came to be.

Choosing Pass/Fail Grades May Help College Students Now, But Could Cost Them Later
Jon Marcus, The Hechinger Report/PBS NewsHour
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In the midst of the coronavirus disruption at colleges and universities—with hastily prepared classes delivered remotely, and without professors’ office hours, libraries or advisors—students were demanding the option to pass or fail their courses this semester, instead of getting letter grades. Many universities and colleges agreed.

Some experts, however, say this could ultimately hurt students’ chances of transferring credits or being accepted to graduate or professional schools. 

Coronavirus Brings Extra Uncertainty for DACA Students Awaiting a Supreme Court Decision
Sara Weissman, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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Luz Chavez, a junior at Trinity Washington University, became her family’s only source of income after her mother lost her service job last month because of the coronavirus. A triple major in education, sociology and political science, Chavez works as a youth leader at an organization that advocates for immigrant rights. She’s also a part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

DACA students like Chavez have been in limbo for months, as the U.S. Supreme Court continues to deliberate on whether to uphold the Trump administration’s 2017 decision to end the DACA program. Now, as the coronavirus crisis takes hold, both DACA and undocumented students face even more questions about their future.

College in the Time of Coronavirus
Alex Baumhardt, Educate
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Life as they know it has changed dramatically for college students across the country. From campus closures to online classes, the threat of coronavirus is creating an entirely different college experience. 

In this podcast, Jon Marcus of The Hechinger Report reflects on what he's hearing from teachers and students as they adapt to distance learning, what to look out for in the lead up to the new school year this fall, and whether or not colleges that were already struggling financially will survive.

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Matt Baker, Ileana Najarro, and Tara McCarty, Tampa Bay Times
Remote Learning in a Remote Area
George Joe, AACC 21st Century Center
Pandemic Forces Summer Classes to Move Online
Elizabeth Redden, Inside Higher Ed
Rating the Usefulness of Student Success Tools
Joseph Galanek, EDUCAUSE Review
Readying for the Future: COVID-19, Higher Ed, and Fairness
Courtney Brown and Jamil Salmi, Medium
Low-Income College Students Are Counting on Federal Aid, But Who Will Get It—and When?
Danielle Douglas-Gabriel and Lauren Lumpkin, The Washington Post
A College Refund for Coronavirus
The Wall Street Journal
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