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 17, 2020
As Colleges Move Classes Online, Families Rebel Against the Cost
Shawn Hubler, The New York Times
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A rebellion against the high cost of a bachelor’s degree, already brewing around the nation before the coronavirus, has gathered fresh momentum as campuses strain to operate in the pandemic.

Concerned about paying face-to-face prices for education that is increasingly online, students and their parents are demanding tuition rebates, increased financial aid, reduced fees, and leaves of absences to compensate for what they feel will be a diminished college experience.

Colleges Are Using Hotels as Dorms to Help Ensure Students Are Social Distancing
Dawson White, Kansas City Star
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When some college students head back to school this fall, they won’t be setting up in dorm rooms—they’ll be moving into hotels.

Several universities across the United States are renting blocks of hotel rooms to house students in an effort to reduce crowding in university residences and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Excitement. Fear. Resignation. Welcome to the Fall Semester.
Lindsay Ellis, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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This is worth it. The sentiment echoed on the steps of the student center, outside the dorms, in a conversation between parents outside the bookstore.

Campus life in the COVID-19 era is underway at the University of Kentucky, bringing an eerie juxtaposition of the familiar and the menacing.

COVID-19 and College: Professors Say They Worry About Students and Their families
Peter Cox, Minnesota Public Radio
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Universities and colleges have different plans for returning to teaching this fall, and there are specific needs for many classroom settings. Some, like the University of Minnesota, will offer in-person and remote classes. 

But as professors and instructors prepare to teach, many are gripped with anxiety. They worry about the transition to a new kind of teaching—and the health and safety of their students and their families. 

Blog: Enabling Workers to Skill-Up During COVID-19
Brent Orrell and Matthew Leger, American Enterprise Institute
Opinion: Colleges Must Attend to Three Crucial Areas
Debra Humphries, Inside Higher Ed
A Tough Year for Community Colleges
Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed
Costs Beyond Tuition Pose Unique Challenge for College Completion Rates Among Older Students, New Report Finds
Hugh T. Ferguson, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
Does Tuition Insurance Cover COVID-19? Depends on the College
Elin Johnson, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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