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August 27, 2020
Community Colleges Are in the Spotlight—Again
Goldie Blumenstyk, The Edge
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Will it be “community colleges to the rescue” this time? 

With millions out of work and millions more uncertain about how the higher-ed or K-12 academic year will play out, one looming question right now is whether these lower-cost, closer-to-home, in-touch-with-employers institutions will see the level of interest and support that they received after the 2008 Great Recession. 

Podcast: How Do You Prepare for a Pandemic Semester? 
Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge
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It is back to school season for colleges and universities. That usually means all kinds of rituals. But not this year. Fall 2020 will bring the first full college term of the COVID-19 pandemic, and no one knows quite what to expect. 
In a new podcast series, professors and students at six colleges share "audio diaries" of college life in this unprecedented time. On this episode, they discuss why the new year is not just about inconveniences of plexiglass barriers in classrooms and masked teaching. 

Colleges Are Making Late Calls to Shut Campuses. Is It All About the Money?
Eric Kelderman, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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By the time students began arriving on campuses this month, tuition bills and housing contracts were paid. As they moved into dorms, they bought meal plans, books, school supplies, and swag at the campus bookstore. 

Some of those plans have now been dashed, as outbreaks of the coronavirus led to the canceling of in-person courses at several institutions. But as students cancel their plans to study on campus, nearly all of the money they spent for tuition will stay with the university. 

Early Dispatches From the COVID-19 Classroom
Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed
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As the fall term begins, professors describe their experiences in the in-person (and virtual) classroom. Their verdict? Better than feared. 

Faculty members say the time they spent preparing to teach in whatever ways they are this fall—be it in person, hybrid, or online—have them feeling more comfortable than they did in the spring's sudden shift to remote learning, which they believe is resulting (so far) in a smoother, better academic experience for their students.

Alternative Credentials on the Rise
Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed
College Reopening vs. Reality
The Wall Street Journal
How Can Professors Bring Anti-Racist Pedagogy Practices Into the Classroom?
Sara Weissman, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
What’s Next for the Higher Education Act After Another Year Passes Without a Reuathorization?
Owen Daugherty, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
Time to Re-Engineer Higher Ed for Working Students
Eric Bing and Marie Cini, RealClearEducation
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