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 20, 2020
Move In, Move Out: For In-Person College, Everything Rests on the First Few Weeks
Elissa Nadworny, NPR
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Across the country, hundreds of thousands of college students are making their way to campus to begin the fall semester. At the University of Georgia in Athens about 8,000 students are moving into the dorms this week, beginning an unusual on-campus experience, with a global pandemic as the backdrop.

Nationwide, about 20 percent of four-year schools are offering classes either partially or fully in person, with another 15 percent doing a hybrid approach. Those numbers are continuing to change, however, as more institutions reverse course.

Guided Pathways: Are Colleges ‘Student-Ready’?
The EvoLLLution
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Guided pathways are a way for colleges to guide students through their credential or degree, while giving them the room to still make their own decisions.

In this Q&A, Ann Buchele of Linn-Benton Community College discusses the importance of guided pathways, the challenges to creating these program maps, and how pathways can apply to a vast demographic of learners.

A Regional Public University’s Identity Crisis
Laura Pappano, The Hechinger Report/NBC News
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The coronavirus crisis has hurt colleges everywhere. But for schools like Ohio University—non-flagship public campuses in Ohio and across the Midwest that were already struggling—it has hastened a reckoning. The campuses have become heavily reliant on dollars from higher and higher tuitions just as the Midwest faces a demographic dive and continued cuts in state funding.

At the same time, more students need college to get jobs, but it is harder for them to afford.

The Almanac, 2020-2021
The Chronicle of Higher Education
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How will institutions pay for a hybrid model of remote and on-campus engagement? How will they manage and maintain quality student experiences and support faculty and other staff?

Those answers and more can be found in The Chronicle's newly released 2020-21 Almanac of Higher Education.

Why Michigan State Reversed Course
Rick Seltzer, Inside Higher Ed
The Student Debt Crisis Hits Black Americans the Hardest
Kai Ryssdal and Daisy Palacios, Marketplace
Creating Antiracist Spaces Where Black Students Can Breathe and Thrive
Traci Dennis, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Blog: What Will Student Protests Look Like When Classes Are Online?
Johnathan Flowers, April Logan, and Samuel Abrams, The Conversation
Will Higher Education Take Center Stage at Democratic National Convention?
Sara Weissman, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Roundtable Highlights Struggles of Nevada Higher Education While Additional Federal Aid Remains Elusive
Hugh T. Ferguson, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
A Pledge to Better Serve All CTE Students
Matthew Dembicki, Community College Daily
Expanding High-Quality Work-Based Learning
Education Commission of the States
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