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Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
August 14, 2020
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Black at Mizzou: Confronting Race on Campus
Lauren Brown, Alex Baumhardt, Chris Julin, and Sabby Robinson, APM Reports
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In 2015, the University of Missouri campus erupted in protests that made international news after several instances of racial harassment set off a Black student-led movement to change the school—and inspired movements on campuses nationwide.

Central to comprehending what united Black students in the fight for change—and what has changed—is an understanding of what students call “Black Mizzou.” A new audio documentary explores this campus within a campus. 

Harris Has Roots at HBCU
Kery Murakami, Inside Higher Ed
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In being selected as the running mate to Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, Howard University graduate and California senator Kamala Harris became the first Black candidate for vice president.

But this week, Harris's selection also is being seen as a leap forward for historically Black colleges from Alabama to Louisiana to Washington, D.C.

College Admissions (and What's a 'Good College', Anyway?)
Dakota Pawlicki, Lumina Foundation
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Authors Jeff Selingo, Melissa Korn, and Jennifer Levitz will discuss the process, power—and abuse—in college admissions on the first live edition of Lumina Foundation's podcast, Today’s Students, Tomorrow’s Talent, on August 18 at 1 p.m. ET. 

You can register for a reminder of this special event here

Backgrounds and Beliefs of College Freshmen
Brian O’Leary, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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For more than five decades, researchers at the University of California at Los Angeles have surveyed the nation’s incoming freshmen to learn more about their backgrounds, views, and expectations.

This interactive graphic offers insight into how their attitudes and self-images have changed since the 1960s.

Instead of Study Abroad, a Trip to Coding World?
Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed
A Nonprofit Will Offer Training for Hundreds of Tech Jobs in the Triangle
Aarón Sánchez-Guerra, Raleigh News & Observer (North Carolina)
CEOs’ Views on Campus Racism
Matthew Dembicki, Community College Daily
Limited Broadband Access Not Just Rural Issue
Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed
The Black-White Wealth Gap Will Widen Educational Disparities During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Dania Francis and Christian E. Weller, Center for American Progress
Colleges Turn to Tuition Freebies to Entice Students Back
Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
Editorial: Save Money; Finish on Time
Kokomo Tribune (Indiana)
A Closer Look at Virginia’s Digital Divide in Education
State Council of Higher Education for Virginia
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