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.
August 12, 2020
College Towns Weigh Benefits of Students’ Return With Virus Risks
John Yang, PBS NewsHour
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As the new academic year gets under way at colleges and universities, students, parents, administrators, and faculty, and residents of college towns are all asking the same questions: Will it be safe? Should students return to campus?

This episode of "Rethinking College" reports on those concerns, and then looks at the larger questions around affordability and cost that are getting new attention during the pandemic.

New Video Demystifies Different Types of Credentials
Workcred
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Now more than ever, the United States faces an urgent and growing need for talent. To meet that need, more people must earn college degrees, workforce certificates, industry certifications, and other high-quality credentials.
 
But with more than 738,000 credentials in existence today, consumers are often confused about which credential to choose. A new video from Workcred breaks down three of the most common types of credentials—certifications, certificates, and licenses—with insight on how they differ and appropriate uses for each.

Summer Jobs for Young People Are Vanishing With the Pandemic
Ben Finley, Associated Press
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The iconic summer job for high school and college students has been on the wane for nearly 20 years. But the pandemic is squeezing even more young people out of the workforce.

Some are borrowing more money. Others have turned to jobs like Instacart, only to compete with older job seekers who are similarly sidelined.

'I Can't Afford Tuition': College Students Face Financial Strains, Health Concerns From Pandemic Ahead of Fall Semester
Jessica Menton, USA Today
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With just days to go before the fall semester begins at Howard University, Brittany Goddard is worried about how she’ll pay the remaining balance of her tuition and fees—roughly $9,000. She has since created a GoFundMe page to raise money.

Millions of students are in the same position, facing financial strains and health fears as they decide whether to return to colleges and universities this fall. It comes at an unpredictable time for faculty and parents as policymakers in Washington grapple with further coronavirus outbreaks, leaving schools rushing to implement plans for the new academic year. 

A New Initiative Supports Rural Community Colleges
Sara Weissman, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Looking for an In-Person Experience
Lilah Burke, Inside Higher Ed
Valley’s Higher Ed Leaders Assess Needs, Chart Future
Matthew Wilson, The Monitor (Texas)
College Completion Trends Improve, Though Gaps Remain
Mary Willkom, Inside INdiana Business (Indiana)
Commentary: Keeping Low-Income College Students From Going Hungry
Melissa Laska and Sheila Fleischhacker, The Hill
Student-Loan Borrowers Now Have More Breathing Room. It Won’t Last Forever.
Danielle McLean, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Georgia Universities Look to Educate More Adult Learners
Eric Stirgus, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Opinion: Promising Career Pathway Merits Lawmakers' Support
Monique Lovato, Colorado Politics (Colorado)
Webinar: Short-Term Credentials and Racial Equity: Complicated Past, Promising Future
Lumina Foundation, National Skills Coalition, and Education Strategy Group
Innovative Strategies to Close Postsecondary Attainment Gaps
The Institute for Higher Education Policy
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