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.
August 13, 2020
Parents and Students Reevaluate College Costs Amid Virtual Learning
John Yang, PBS NewsHour
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Higher education's response to the pandemic, especially the move away from in-person classes to online learning, is highlighting larger questions about the high price tag on a college degree.

Scott Galloway, a marketing professor at New York University, is a leading voice in that debate. He offers his insight on this episode of "Rethinking College."

Photo: LA Johnson
How the Coronavirus Has Upended College Admissions
Tovia Smith, NPR
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As stressful as it always is for students applying to college, this year it's all that—and then some—for the admissions officials trying to decide whether to admit them.

Because of the pandemic, many students will be applying without standardized test scores and several other metrics that admissions officers at selective schools have long relied on. As a result, colleges are scrambling to figure out what else they might consider instead.

August Wave of Campus Reopening Reversals
Emma Whitford, Inside Higher Ed
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Hundreds of college leaders announced early this summer of their intention to reopen campuses for in-person instruction in the fall. That's quickly changing.

Many colleges have now reversed or altered their reopening plans in the past several weeks after taking stock of COVID-19 testing availability, student and faculty safety concerns, state regulations, and the worsening public health crisis.

Colleges’ Pivot to Remote Education Has Some Upsides, Too
Goldie Blumenstyk, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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The pandemic cost colleges billions to shift to remote education in the spring, and together they’ll spend (or lose) billions more this fall as that shift continues. The adverse impact on students, especially those who are low-income and the first in their families to attend college, is incalculable.

Still, one thing has become obvious: As colleges begin adapting to this new paradigm, some of their changes may clearly be for the better.

College Student Population Counts for 2020 Census Imperiled by Onset of Coronavirus
Hugh T. Ferguson, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
Going Outdoors for Training
Matthew Dembicki, Community College Daily
New Report Explores Recruitment and Retention for Academic Couples of Color
Sara Weissman, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Window of Opportunity for OER
Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed
COVID Forces Major Changes to Prison Education Programs
Suzanne Potter, California Public News Service
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