Top stories in higher ed for Tuesday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
April 21, 2020
How College Leaders Are Planning for the Fall
Lee Gardner, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, colleges and universities belied their reputation as glacial plodders by moving instruction online within weeks, even days, salvaging the semester. But the virus shows few signs of abating. Summer looms. And beyond it, fall, a season with deep ritual significance and critical financial ramifications for academe.

An almost instinctive pivot saved the spring. Now college leaders face making plans for a near future defined by unknowns.

Re-Entering the Fray
Rachel Unruh, Skilled America
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For formerly incarcerated people, re-entry into society and the workforce is a challenge in the best of times. Now, with some economists projecting that overall unemployment could approach 16 percent by July, returning citizens will face an even tougher climb.

In this podcast, Chris Watler of the Center for Employment Opportunities in New York and Jeff Abramowitz of JEVS Human Services in Philadelphia discuss how they're dealing with the increased demand for re-entry services and why policymakers and communities need to see the promise in those who want to rebuild their lives.

Students Are Weary of Online Classes, But Colleges Can't Say Whether They'll Open in Fall 2020
Chris Quintana, USA Today
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For Ryan Sessoms, a marketing student at the University of North Florida, the transition to online classes has been rocky. It’s harder to find the motivation to complete his assignments, he says, when not surrounded by his peers. 

He's not alone. If social distancing requires colleges to keep students at home for another semester, the fallout could remake America’s higher education system, upending everything from students’ degree attainment to the economies of college towns.

Left Out of Stimulus Payments, Minnesota College Students Fear for Future
Ryan Faircloth, Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The pandemic has taken away many things from 21-year-old Ben Ellgen, including the milestone moment of commencement at Winona State University. He now worries how to pay his rent and make payments on nearly $40,000 in student loans.

Adding insult to injury, the $1,200 stimulus check that will aid millions of Americans in these trying times will not arrive in Ellgen’s mailbox.

College students across the country—including more than 425,000 in Minnesota—stand to lose out on the emergency relief payments if they are claimed as dependents. Most college students shoulder steep expenses, from student loan debt to housing leases that can’t be broken, even in a pandemic. Many students have lost their jobs, and some are on the verge of food insecurity.

Insights From a Remote Learning Innovator
Emily Boudreau, Harvard Graduate School of Education Leadership Series
Podcast: What Is the Skills Gap?
Brandon Olszewski, Upskill With Edtech 
From the Frontlines to the Classrooms and Back
Matthew Dembicki, Community College Daily
Barely Getting By
Colleen Flaherty, Inside Higher Ed
Blog: State Higher Education Policy Is Essential to Economic Recovery
James Dean Ward, Elizabeth Davidson Pisacreta, and Martin Kurzweil, Ithaka S+R
Essay: Higher Education and the Public Good
Catharine Bond Hill, Inside Higher Ed
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