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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 21, 2020
For Many Large Universities, Test-Optional Is ‘Uncharted Territory.’ Here’s How One Is Adapting.
Eric Hoover, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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The pandemic has compelled many enrollment leaders to re-examine the role of standardized tests in ways that they might not have otherwise.

Such scrutiny is exactly what a sweeping new report from the National Association for College Admission Counseling urges institutions to do in the name of access, equity, and the public good.

Colleges Are Counting on Students to Behave Themselves to Help Control COVID. Can That Work?
Linda Borg, The Providence Journal
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As college students trickle back to Rhode Island, the big question is: Will outbreaks occur here the way they have in other universities across the country, forcing institutions to close and return to remote learning?

In Providence, institutions have asked students to sign COVID-related codes of conduct. But experts question how likely young adults, isolated for months from their peers, will conform to these guidelines, particularly the limits on social gatherings.

Here’s What Community College Students Want to Know About the Coming Year
Ethan Edward Coston, CalMatters
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At a recent virtual town hall meeting, students presented California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Oakley with a variety of concerns. Among them: the quality of remote learning and how the pandemic has exacerbated disparities in access to education and support services. 

Two overarching themes emerged in Oakley’s responses: Community colleges need more funding to meet students’ needs, and students need to voice their concerns with local administration and governing boards.

Early Adopters
Lilah Burke, Inside Higher Ed
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Being among the first to announce an online fall wasn't easy, but these college leaders say the benefits outweighed the drawbacks.

Eastern Washington University announced on May 4 that the majority of its classes would be online. The chancellor of the California State University system followed suit on May 12 and announced that its 23 campuses would run most classes remotely. Administrators at both colleges say their bets resulted in a few wins and a few losses, but overall they do not regret their decision to play it safe.

Report: Colleges Ramp Up Advertising During COVID-19, Especially For-Profits
Sara Weissman, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
PCC Trying to Help Students Make Ends Meet
Brian Brennan, KGUN (Arizona)
How COVID-19 United the Higher-Ed Workforce
Elin Johnson and Vimal Patel, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Essay: Don’t Rely on Black Faculty to Do the Antiracist Work
Shenique S. Thomas-Davis, Inside Higher Ed
COVID-19 and the High Cost of College for Older Students
Roz Brown, Texas Public News Service
Students Point to Pandemic as Biggest Hindrance to Financial Future, New Survey Finds
Hugh T. Ferguson, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
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