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.
July 1, 2020
The Wild Card for an In-Person Fall: College Student Behavior
Elissa Nadworny, NPR
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Around the United States, coronavirus cases are rising among young people. The spread of the virus has been connected to college-related events such as on-campus parties, drinking at off-campus bars, and athletic practices.

For colleges planning to bring thousands of students together in the fall, student spread is a real worry. And the stakes are high: If there are outbreaks, campuses may once again be forced to shut down, scattering students and disrupting academics and college finances all over again.

Work-Hungry Students Get Creative During Summer of COVID
Marilyn Schairer and Sean Corcoran, WGBH
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The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown summer work plans into disarray for thousands of college students. Many businesses are closed, working remotely, or just not hiring like they usually do.

Faced with unemployment, some students are getting creative and channeling their interests and skills into their own personalized jobs.

The Diversity Conversation Colleges Aren’t Having
Karin Fischer, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Many students from overseas have an incomplete or inaccurate understanding of race and racial identity in America. Their perspectives can be shaped by stereotypes of African Americans and other minorities in popular culture or reflect very different perspectives on race and ethnicity in their home countries. 

Yet, few colleges pay specific attention to the gaps in international students’ awareness of race or to the culture shock they can experience at suddenly being viewed through a racial lens.

Podcast: Equity and Higher Education Policy
Paul Fain, The Key With Inside Higher Ed
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The COVID-19 health crisis has exposed and worsened equity gaps in higher education, with the pressures most acute for Black, Latino, and lower-income students. 

In this podcast, Michelle Asha Cooper of the Institute for Higher Education Policy and Kim Cook of the National College Attainment Network discuss policies and incentives that can help close these gaps.

Report Lays Out How Community Colleges Could Save Economy
Madeline St. Amour, Inside Higher Ed
Opinion: College Is Worth It, But Campus Isn’t
Susan Dynarski, The New York Times
#COVIDEquityChat: Coming Together to Help Students Move Forward
Amber O’Connor, Center for Equity in Learning
How to Get a Big Break on the Cost of College: Just Ask
Josh Mitchell, The Wall Street Journal
Blog: Flexibility in Student Aid Key to Michigan’s Economic Recovery
Catherine Brown, The Institute for College Access & Success 
A COVID-19 Supplement to Spring 2020 Current Term Enrollment Estimates
National Student Clearinghouse Research Center
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