Top stories in higher ed for Friday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
August 7, 2020
‘It’s Not Just Double Duty, It’s Triple Duty’: Student-Parents Prepare to Juggle College, Work, and Childcare This Fall
Jillian Berman, MarketWatch
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All parents are facing childcare challenges amid announcements from major school systems that classes will be mostly remote. At the same time, college students across the country are preparing for an experience that is, at best, different from what they expected, and at worst, could severely disrupt their progress toward a degree or credential. 

But the nation’s 3.8 million student-parents—who make up about 22 percent of today’s undergraduate college students—sit at the nexus of both these trends.

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Analysis: Hundreds of Colleges and Universities Show Financial Warning Signs
Sarah Butrymowicz and Pete D'Amato, The Hechinger Report/NBC News
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Hundreds of colleges and universities had financial warning signs long before the coronavirus threatened to make everything worse. A new analysis of federal data examines the financial health of colleges and universities, how they got that way, and the ultimate consequences for students.

What the Words Say
Emily Hanford, APM Reports
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Sonya Thomas knows there are kids like her son, C.J., all over the country. Learning to read does not come easily to them. Schools tell their parents: Read to them. They’ll be OK. But many won’t be.

A false assumption about what it takes to be a skilled reader has created deep inequalities among U.S. children, putting many on a difficult path in life.

The Long, Bloody Strike for Ethnic Studies
NPR
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The California State University system recently announced a new graduation requirement: Students must take an ethnic studies or social justice course. But the new mandate might not even exist if it weren't for some students at a small commuter college in San Francisco.   
 
This podcast tells the story of how a student-led protest became a defining moment in higher education—and the pivotal role that Black student activists played in reforming the American university system.

Community Colleges on the Front Lines
Ellie Ashford, Community College Daily
Monica Campbell of PRI's 'The World' Interviews John Mitchell
Forum/Aspen 2020 Summer Interview Series
CED Provides Recommendations for Higher Education Reform After COVID-19
Sarah Wood, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Blog: Student Anxiety in a Pandemic
Matt Reed, Confessions of a Community College Dean
Trump Signals Aid for Student Loan Borrowers
Kery Murakami, Inside Higher Ed
Expanding Tuition-Free Programs
AACC 21st Century Center
Exploring Ways to Enhance FAFSA Efficiency Paper Series
National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
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