Top stories in higher ed for Wednesday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
April 15, 2020
Low-Income Students Count on Finding Jobs. But the Pandemic Has Halted Their Job Training.
Katherine Mangan, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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With the coronavirus forcing nonessential businesses to close and colleges to shutter their campuses and clinics, students in the final stages of work-based training find themselves in limbo.

Many of these individuals come from low-income families. Some programs can be completed in a year or less, which appeals to students with limited funds looking for a quick entry into a job. Those students were counting on jobs they assumed were just months away but now seem just out of reach.

DACA Health Workers Risk Their Lives to Fight COVID-19 While They Await SCOTUS Ruling
Marnette Federis, PRI
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Working in the intensive care unit during a pandemic is not the only thing giving Jessica Esparza anxiety these days. Her very future in the United States remains precarious: She is one of roughly 700,000 beneficiaries of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. These individuals could eventually lose their work permits and protections if the U.S. Supreme Court rules the Trump administration has authority to end the program.

For DACA recipients on the front lines of COVID-19, the uncertainty is an extra layer of stress as they work through an already stressful situation. 

NCC Put Out a Call to Help Struggling Students During COVID-19 and Raised More Than $50K
Sara K. Satullo, Lehigh Valley Live
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The coronavirus pandemic isn’t just an inconvenience for many of Lehigh Valley’s college students. It’s left some teetering on the edge financially, putting their academic studies in jeopardy.

The region’s colleges and universities recently responded by creating student support funds that higher education officials can tap to help students with urgent financial needs like buying an e-textbook or getting a reliable internet connection.

What an Interrupted School Year Means for These College Students
John Yang, PBS NewsHour
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Stanford University senior Michael Ocon has been living in a tent in his parents' backyard. After his college closed because of the coronavirus pandemic, he moved to his parents' two-bedroom house.

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted the lives of some 20 million college students, as campuses are shuttered across the nation. Many of those young people are continuing their studies through online classes.

But, the shift has affected some more than others.

How Should Colleges Prepare for a Post-Pandemic World?
Brian Rosenberg, The Chronicle Review
Learning During the Pandemic
Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed
How University Faculty Embraced the Remote Learning Shift
Ricky Ribeiro, EdTech Magazine: Focus on Higher Education
Critical Take on Accreditation
Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed
Summer School Is the New Summer Job
David Loewenberg, EducationNext
Commentary: You Are Worthy of Your Dreams
Chris Gilmer, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
The Labor Market Returns to Advanced Degrees
National Bureau of Economic Research
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