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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 17, 2020
After Coronavirus, Colleges Worry: Will Students Come Back?
Anemona Hartocollis, The New York Times
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Across the country, students are rethinking their choices in a world altered by the pandemic. And universities, concerned about the potential for shrinking enrollment and lost revenue, are making a wave of decisions in response that could profoundly alter the landscape of higher education for years to come.

How Economic Collapse and a World War Transformed Higher Ed—and Why Things Will Be Different This Time
Scott Carlson, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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The stark economic losses of the past few weeks have people comparing today to the era that started with Black Tuesday. How did colleges weather those events? What could they learn from the past? Could they reinvigorate on the other side?

John R. Thelin, a professor in the College of Education at the University of Kentucky and the author of A History of American Higher Education, offers his thoughts on how higher education suffered and sustained itself during the Great Depression and what might unfold for colleges today after the coronavirus.

Podcast: The Pandemic, Higher Ed, and Low-Income Students
Paul Fain, The Key With Inside Higher Ed
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A new podcast tackles the unprecedented challenges posed to higher education by the pandemic and recession, with a particular focus on lower-income students.

Episode One features a discussion of how colleges and universities are scrambling to distribute roughly $6.3 billion from the federal government for emergency aid aimed at students whose lives and educations have been disrupted.

As Pandemic Persists, Colleges Consider Options for the Fall
Rebecca Koenig, EdSurge
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These days, college leaders are thinking ahead to autumn and developing plans for how to proceed if the current health crisis fades by summer’s end—or if it persists.

To prepare for a possible reopening, the University of Central Oklahoma is constructing plexiglass walls in the building where students register for classes and placing tape to mark how much space students should maintain from each other. Nearby, the University of Oklahoma is considering three possible scenarios: return to regular classes in the fall, delay them until the spring, or offer courses online both semesters.

What Higher Ed Leaders Can Learn From Walmart
Emily Chamlee-Wright, Forbes
Graduating in a Pandemic: Advice for the Anxious Post-College Job Search
Alina Selyukh, Elissa Nadworny, and Diane Adame, NPR
Essay: States Must Reform How They Fund Colleges
Arthur M. Hauptman, Inside Higher Ed
Undocumented Students in Higher Education: How Many Students Are in U.S. Colleges and Universities, and Who Are They?
New American Economy and Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration
Should Colleges Invest in Machine Learning?
Community College Research Center
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