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 10, 2020
With Higher Ed in Crisis, the Lack of Financial Oversight Is Glaring
Sarah Butrymowicz, The Hechinger Report/NBC News
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In theory, government agencies and accrediting bodies have safeguards to protect students from abrupt college closures. Schools at risk of shutting down should be required to prepare smooth transitions for their students. Yet, that is often not the case.

Yvonne Mendez knows this reality firsthand. Mendez was only six months away from graduating with a registered nursing degree from Anamarc College in Santa Teresa, New Mexico, when the school abruptly closed. Even institutions that do provide a few days’ or weeks’ notice often still leave students scrambling to find new ways to finish their degrees.

Community Colleges Leading the Way: How Open-Access Institutions Center Equity During a Health, Economic, and Racial Crisis
Marcella Bombardieri, Center for American Progress
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The economic fallout from the pandemic is expected to have grave consequences for public institutions of higher education, including community colleges that serve primarily Black, Hispanic, and Native American students. 

During a recent online event, leaders of community colleges discussed their work to uphold equity in a crisis, their needs for public funding to meet this moment, and how they are wrestling with the national conversation on racism and police brutality.

College During COVID-19: Here’s What Newark Students Want You to Know
Caroline Bauman and Patrick Wall, Chalkbeat Newark
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For first-generation students, the first year of college can lay a foundation for future success or become a stumbling block. Now, the coronavirus pandemic has added to those first-year challenges by putting a financial strain on many families and disrupting campus life and classes.

Five college students—in different stages of their college careers—and a longtime education advocate share their thoughts at this uncertain moment.  

Black at U.T., and Beyond
Patrice Peck, The New York Times
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Adraint Bereal was on a mission last summer before the start of his senior year at the University of Texas at Austin: He wanted to chronicle the lives and experiences of Black students at his predominantly white college.

His project quickly presented several unexpected variables following a pandemic that disrupted higher education and took a disproportionate toll on Black communities. Then there was the killing of George Floyd. All of a sudden, Bereal says his work felt urgent.

Mitch Daniels Has Not Changed His Mind
Tom Bartlett, The Chronicle Review
At Home, Workers Seek Alternative Credentials
Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed
Opinion: Let the ‘Dreamers’ Dream
John and Gisele Fetterman, TribLive
Defer or Defy? The Decision Students Face on Whether to Head to College Campus
Lisa Parker, Courtney Copenhagen, and Maya Kowitt, NBC Chicago (Illinois)
The First Generations: Reflections on Attending College
Brooke Hildebrand Clubbs, Southeast Missourian
Webinar: Short-Term Credentials and Racial Equity: Complicated Past, Promising Future
Lumina Foundation, National Skills Coalition, and Education Strategy Group
The State of Opportunity in America
Center for Advancing Opportunity
Indiana College Completion Report 2020
Indiana Commission for Higher Education
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