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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 14, 2020
COVID-19 Is Scrambling the Job Market for Recent Grads. Here’s How Colleges Are Trying to Respond.
Scott Carlson, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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When COVID-19 happened, the kinds of in-person activities that career centers set up to get graduates on the career path came to an abrupt halt: internships, job shadowing, corporate-recruiting meetings, and lunches with potential future colleagues. 

The rapidly shifting landscape has meant profound changes for all of the participants in the college-to-career pipeline. Some career centers are still trying to figure out how to re-engineer their services. Others are already connecting undergraduates to alumni through videoconferencing, offering career counseling via Zoom, and starting to provide bite-size career lessons online.

COVID-19 Is Making College Planning More Difficult for Milwaukee High Schoolers
Emily Files, WUWM
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Moo Ko Wah is a senior at South Division High School in Milwaukee. Wah and her family are refugees from Myanmar, and she relies on counselors at her school to help her through the college application and decision process.

Now she’s stuck at home, trying to figure out how to submit paperwork to verify her family’s income on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Wah is fortunate. She's getting extra help through the College Possible program, an effort that pairs low-income or first-generation students with coaches who help them navigate the red tape of college applications. 

'We're On the Edge of the Precipice': How the Pandemic Could Shatter College Dreams
Bianca Quilantan, Politico
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The pandemic and the nation's economic turmoil are combining to crush the college hopes of many low-income and first-generation students. Those who work with low-income students worry freshmen from poor families who were sent home this semester may never return and high school seniors won't get the hands-on help they need with their financial aid applications.

Some colleges are trying to ease the way for incoming freshmen by pushing back their college decision dates to beyond the traditional May 1 deadline, waiving standardized test score requirements, and stepping up virtual advising efforts.

An Investment for Generations: A Q&A On Advancing Equity in Higher Education Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic
Viviann Anguiano and Marcella Bombardieri, Center for American Progress
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Low-income, first-generation college students of color are demonstrating resilience across the country amid the coronavirus pandemic. Some are trying to put food on their families’ tables. Others are balancing their own college classes with home schooling their elementary-school-age children or siblings and translating for English learners in their families coping with the crisis.

These are typical students at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH), and they are also quite typical of college students across the country.

Two administrators at CSUDH share on-the-ground perspectives on how COVID-19 is disrupting higher education far beyond the abrupt shift to online instruction.

Podcast: Figuring Out Who Cares
Rachel Unruh, Skilled America
When Elite College Prep Lowers Your Grade
Jill Barshay, The Hechinger Report
Podcast: Distance Learning in the Age of COVID
Andrew Walworth, RealClearPolitics
Feeling Shortchanged
Greta Anderson, Inside Higher Ed
Student Debt Relief Gains Bicameral Traction in Congress Amid COVID Outbreak
Hugh T. Ferguson, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
Still in Limbo?
Lilah Burke, Inside Higher Ed
The New 'Normal' for College Students
Ken Conners, Goldsboro Daily News
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