Top stories in higher ed for Thursday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
April 23, 2020
A Few Silver Linings Emerge in a Dark Time of Closed Schools
Sabby Robinson, Educate
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Some students will have an easier time landing internships during the pandemic because they'll be able to work online and not have to move to an expensive big city. That's one of the surprising bits of good news about education that has come to the attention of Delece Smith-Barrow of The Hechinger Report.

In recent weeks, Smith-Barrow has been uncovering some of these more hopeful stories. She's seen signs that online learning may create more access to higher education for some students, and she's also come across stories of colleges pitching in to offer emergency help.

Two Campuses Give Early Answers to Higher Ed’s Biggest Question: What Happens This Fall?
Lindsay Ellis, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Few college leaders have taken on the most pressing question many campuses face these days: whether COVID-19 will prohibit them from resuming normal operations in the fall. 

The stakes are high. Students wonder whether to pay high-dollar tuition for online courses. Faculty members wonder when they can return to their labs and when their tenure clocks will resume. 

But early this week, two institutions announced their intentions—and they differ markedly. 

Making Sense of COVID-19 and Its Impact on the Future Workforce
Ben Wildavsky and Andrew Hanson, Lessons Earned
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How do we make sense of higher education and its relationship to the economy in the midst of a pandemic that changed the world overnight? Normally, when the economy is down, people go back to school to reinvent their career and gain new skills.

Anthony Carnevale of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce explains why this economic crisis is different, who’s most at risk, and what it means for post-high school education and training.

Helping Students Avoid Problems With the ‘Asterisk Semester’
Paul Fain, The Key With Inside Higher Ed
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Many colleges are moving to pass/fail grading as a result of the coronavirus. While that change is designed to help students, it can cause disruptions as community college students transfer to four-year institutions, or as students seek admission to graduate or medical school.

On this episode of The Key With Inside Higher Ed, Anne Kress of Northern Virginia Community College and Marie Lynn Miranda of University of Notre Dame describe how college leaders can help students avoid disruptions from the "asterisk semester." 

Veterans Stepping Up to Fight COVID-19
Andrea Sears, Public News Service
Blog: Empowering Today’s Learners and Workers With Due Credentials
Lara Couturier and Christine Flanagan, HCM Strategists
Federal Funding Left Out Some of the Most Vulnerable
Madeline St. Amour, Inside Higher Ed
Just Cause: Higher Ed Institutions Expand Social Justice Offerings
Lois Elfman, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Commentary: Leveling the Playing Field With Education
Renée Cardwell Hughes, The Philadelphia Tribune
Blog: 57 Percent
Matt Reed, Confessions of a Community College Dean
Commentary: How Congress Can Save Colleges
Paul N. Friga, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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