Top stories in higher ed for Wednesday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
August 5, 2020
This College Lowered Tuition Due to the Pandemic—and Plans Not to Raise It Again
Hari Sreenivasan, PBS NewsHour
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U.S. colleges have struggled with how to conduct the upcoming academic year amid the coronavirus pandemic. With many schools deciding to offer only remote classes but still charging full tuition, the pandemic has added a new urgency to questions about the cost and value of higher education.

This episode of "Rethinking College" explores one school that is cutting tuition substantially—and making plans to keep it low permanently. 

Fall's Looming Child-Care Crisis
Katherine Mangan, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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The 2020 fall semester is likely to test the endurance, flexibility, and finances of parents everywhere. Both K-12 and college schedules are expected to keep shifting to reflect the changing risks posed by COVID-19. Children who start out in classrooms may end up studying from home for longer than their exhausted parents had counted on.

And that could cause a child-care dilemma for parents whose own schedules and workplaces are in flux.

Personal Stories From the Pandemic
Inside Higher Ed
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A growing mountain of evidence shows that COVID-19 has taken a disproportionate toll on Latino, Black, Native American, and lower-income people. People in these groups are more likely to have lost jobs, pay, family members, or their own lives due to the pandemic.

Meanwhile, millions of college students had their campus experiences cut short this year, and are facing uncertainty about how and if they can return to college. Eight learners from underserved backgrounds share how they are coping with these challenging times.

Photo: Mikyung Lee
How Higher Education’s Own Choices Left It Vulnerable to the Pandemic Crisis
Jon Marcus, The Hechinger Report/NBC News
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Like many businesses, universities and colleges are struggling with a crisis that was not of their own making. But, according to observers and statistics, many left themselves exposed to it with questionable management that was.

As Safety Concerns Mount, Many Colleges Hold Fast to Reopening Plans
Michael Vasquez, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Podcast: Monitoring Colleges’ Financial Health
Paul Fain, The Key With Inside Higher Ed
Companies to Report Next Month on LER Pilot
Matthew Dembicki, Community College Daily
Essay: Making Remote Learning Relevant
Cathy N. Davidson and Dianne Harris, Inside Higher Ed
With Higher Ed in Crisis, the Lack of Financial Oversight Is Glaring
Sarah Butrymowicz, The Hechinger Report/NBC News
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