Top stories in higher ed for Monday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
August 3, 2020
The Story of Latino Borrowers’ Academic Persistence Is Missing From State and Federal Policy Dialogues
Wayne Taliaferro, Lumina Foundation
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When it comes to college, many Latino students adjust their attendance patterns to afford their education and fit into a system that’s not built for them. 

In this interview, Janette Martinez of Excelencia in Education discusses the importance of Hispanic voices in policy dialogues about affordability and student borrowing. 

The New College Drop-Off
Julie Weed, The New York Times
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The bittersweet family tradition of driving the new, nervous college student to school and setting up a tiny dorm room together has now become an exercise in risk assessment, logistics, and trying to understand ever-changing rules.

Nearly half of the country’s states currently have statewide travel restrictions, with various degrees of self-quarantines orders—encouraged, strongly encouraged, mandatory—not to mention suggested or required testing. 

Jobless College Students Are Being Given Summer Jobs to Mentor Younger Peers
Charlotte West, The Hechinger Report
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With their summer jobs and internships canceled and anxiety about getting COVID-19—or just succumbing to boredom—college students have found at least one type of work that they largely can do at home this summer: mentoring even younger students.

Some Colleges That Weathered the Great Depression and Two World Wars Won't Survive COVID-19
Stephen Smith and Sasha Aslanian, APM Reports
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The long tradition of students attending small, residential liberal arts colleges around the country was already shaky before the pandemic. Students are choosing less expensive options and more practical degrees.

At the same time, people who study higher education finance have been warning for years that a shakeout is coming for small colleges and universities. Now, because of the coronavirus pandemic and the economic recession, that prediction may be sooner rather than later. 

More States Are Looking at Consolidating Their Public Colleges. Does It Work?
Lee Gardner, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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A longtime higher-education buzzword is gathering new buzz: consolidation.

It’s not hard to see the appeal, in the current moment, of combining institutions. Faltering enrollment, shrinking numbers of high-school graduates in the forecast, and feeble state support have compelled public systems—many of them overbuilt for their states’ populations—to explore more, and more ambitious, consolidations. COVID-19 is likely to make those forces even stronger.

Colleges Are Deeply Unequal Workplaces
Jeffrey Selingo, The Atlantic
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As colleges unveil their reopening plans for the fall, concerns about the safety of faculty teaching in classrooms populated with young adults have taken center stage. But largely left out of the conversation have been the people actually getting campuses up and running: the staff.

How Colleges and States Can Help Students Caught in the Pandemic ‘Swirl’
Haley Glover and Amber Garrison Duncan, Lumina Foundation
Panel: Addressing Black Student Debt Requires Unique Focus
Owen Daugherty, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
Breaking Through Barriers
Angela Mennecke, Community College Daily
What College Costs for Low-Income Californians: 2020
The Institute for College Access & Success
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