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 22, 2020
Life After Foster Care Was Already Tough. Now These Texans Are Facing the Coronavirus Pandemic, Too.
Edgar Walters, The Texas Tribune
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Montoya Thomas can’t sleep. The 23-year-old former foster youth’s insomnia returned last month after being laid off in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. At night, she is beset by questions that won’t stop gnawing at her nerves: How will she pay the phone bill? Can she afford groceries this week? Will she be able to finish her classes at Lone Star College?

As millions of Texans clamor for public benefits during the global health crisis, the pandemic has exposed gaps in support for young adults who have aged out of foster care.

Higher Education in the Time of COVID-19
Jon Fansmith and Sarah Spreitzer, dotEDU
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At some point in the future, the COVID-19 health crisis will come to an end. And while many aspects of daily life will slowly return to normal, higher education is likely to be affected for years to come. 

In this podcast, Robin Helms and Brad Farnsworth of the American Council on Education reflect on how colleges and universities are adapting as they move to online learning, the impact of the coronavirus on students' mental health, and the future of international education.

Community College Leaders Share Questions and Concerns on Coronavirus at Virtual Town Hall
Sara Weissman, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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As higher education institutions struggle to finish the semester amid a pandemic—and start to explore the possibility of an online fall—community colleges face their own set of financial and educational concerns about the future. 

A recent virtual town hall hosted by Achieving the Dream offers a glimpse into the challenges today's learners may be experiencing, as well as the questions community college leaders are asking themselves as they respond to the coronavirus.  

Dear Colleges, Please Do Not Build More Degree Programs in This Time of Crisis
Michelle R. Weise, EdSurge
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If history repeats itself, thousands of Americans will turn to higher education to overcome the economic effects of COVID-19. If that happens, they will be seeking cost-effective, briefer, and more targeted pathways that launch them rapidly into a job.

These individuals do not need a bundled, comprehensive program that could take years to complete—and may not effectively signal to employers what they can do. They are looking to survive. 

Autumn, Fall, Heartache
Jeff Selingo, Open Campus
Podcast: An Emergency Responder for the Unemployed
Ramona Schindelheim, WorkingNation
Setting Expectations for Remote Learning
Robin Robinson, The EvoLLLution
Opinion: COVID-19 and Higher Education: Be the Human
Leo Lambert, The Lexington Dispatch
Moving Ahead While Waiting for CARES Act Funds
Eric Neutuch, Community College Daily
No Emergency Aid for DACA Students
Kery Murakami, Inside Higher Ed
Student SNAP Waivers Denied
Madeline St. Amour, Inside Higher Ed
How WGU Is Filling the Skills Gap
Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
Higher Education Community Pushes for Expanded Student Debt Relief During Coronavirus Pandemic
Owen Daugherty, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
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