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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.
July 2, 2020
Looming Budget Cuts Threaten Proven Program
Madeline St. Amour, Inside Higher Ed
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Long considered a national model for improving graduation rates of disadvantaged students, the Accelerated Study in Associate Programs at the City University of New York is now facing budget cuts. Higher education experts worry this may be the first of many disinvestments in student success due to the recession caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Community Colleges Struggle With Students’ Food Needs as Pandemic Increases Demand
Betty Márquez Rosales, EdSource
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With reduced work hours and a baby on the way, Maraya Bermudez stocks up on groceries for the week at the food pantry on her community college campus.

She's not alone. Food insecurity for California's community college students is on the rise; meanwhile, campus food pantries face stagnant budgets.

How the Education System Exacerbates Inequality
The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Educators from K-12 and higher education recently participated in a virtual discussion to explore the role of today's education system in exacerbating race and class disparities and the work it must do to achieve equity of opportunity. Here's what participants had to say.

‘I Know That My Education Can’t Be Taken Away’: Four Students on How COVID-19 Has Upended Their College Years
Jillian Berman, MarketWatch
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The coronavirus pandemic sent students and colleges scrambling to find a way to continue their education without the trappings of classrooms, office hours, and a university community. Now, colleges and students are planning for a fall semester full of masks, plexiglass, and uncertainty.

Four students share their experiences of having an education interrupted and how they’re thinking about the future when so much remains unknown.

Could New U.S. Moves Give a Boost to the Skills-Over-Degrees Movement?
Goldie Blumenstyk, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Racial Healing
Elizabeth Redden, Inside Higher Ed
Blog: Universal Broadband: The Time Has Come
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Webinar: Supporting Underserved Students in a Crisis
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Third-Party Credentialing for Higher Education
American Enterprise Institute
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