Top stories in higher ed for Monday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
July 6, 2020
How to Build a Post-Pandemic America
Jamie Merisotis and Jesse O’Connell, Washington Monthly
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The Works Progress Administration (WPA), a federal agency created in 1935 to address the nation’s then-worst economic catastrophe, is getting a fresh look as we think about how to help millions of Americans left jobless in the pandemic. 

But the recovery challenge today calls for more than just a 21st century WPA. We must go further than jobs alone. This crisis demands we address the full range of human infrastructure needs that will emerge in the coming years. What we need now is an Office of American Advancement.

Can Higher Education Help Fix America’s Policing Problem?
Eric Kelderman, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Tanya Gladney is a Black woman in an academic field responsible for studying the violence that results from racism and inequity. She also is a former police officer and the person who oversees the law-enforcement degree program at the University of St. Thomas.

Gladney is now re-examining what kinds of coursework students should have before they earn the credential needed to become a police officer. Yet, one question hangs over the reckoning: Does any of it make a difference? Can a more comprehensive curriculum do anything to undo centuries of entrenched racism and violence?   

These DACA Recipients Hit a Ceiling in the US. So They Left.
Monica Campbell, PRI
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Two years ago, after living in the United States for more than two decades, Madai Zamora headed to the airport in Charlotte, North Carolina, and boarded a one-way flight to Mexico.

By leaving the U.S., Zamora joined a small but growing global community of people who once had legal protections under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and gave up on a country that has struggled to pass comprehensive immigration reform for a generation. 

Podcast: Supreme Court Protects DACA, LGBTQ Workers; Prioritizing DEI During COVID-19
Jon Fansmith and Lorelle Espinosa, dotEDU
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This episode of dotEDU highlights two recent Supreme Court decisions: one that protects individuals with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status and another that protects the civil rights of LGBTQ workers, both of which impact colleges and students. 

Lori White, the incoming president of DePauw University, also talks about taking on a new job during the pandemic, the need to focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion this fall, and what it means to be a Black woman leading a major institution.

A Higher Ed Crisis Is a Terrible Thing to Waste
Kai Ryssdal and Molly Wood, Marketplace
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New York University marketing professor Scott Galloway predicts that scores, if not hundreds, of colleges could go out of business or won’t look the same ever again.

But there’s also a huge opportunity to remake higher education, says Galloway—an opportunity to increase budgets, cut costs, and leverage technology to make higher education more accessible and affordable.

Will Colleges in the New Coronavirus Epicenters Change Their Fall Plans?
Natalie Schwartz, Education Dive
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College leaders in several states are staring down one of the worst possible outcomes of the summer: Coronavirus cases are surging just as they're preparing to welcome students back to campus. 

This new reality highlights the hard choices many officials have to make in just a matter of weeks. They must decide whether to go through with plans to reopen campuses, even though it can be notoriously difficult to predict whether regions will be able to slow the spread of the virus or prevent flare-ups before the term begins. 

Tracking the COVID-19 Economic Devastation
Anthony P. Carnevale and Emma Wenzinger, Medium
Commentary: Colleges Must Confront Structural Racism
Kevin V. Collymore, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Combining Degrees With Quality Certifications Is a Win for Everyone
Karen Elzey and Shalin R. Jyotishi, RealClearEducation
Will COVID-19 Save Higher Education?
Vijay Gurbaxani, Forbes
Why Four Connecticut Colleges Plan to Share a Campus
Matt Zalaznick, University Business
Class of 2020: Anxious, Energized, Eager to Meet the Future
Arlinda Smith Broady and Eric Stirgus, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
A Little More Information on Legacy Applicants
Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed
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