Top stories in higher ed for Tuesday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
July 7, 2020
Colleges Are In for a Racial Reckoning. Name Changes Are Only the Beginning.
Marc Parry, The Chronicle of Higher Education
SHARE:  Facebook • Twitter

Scholars and activists are debating—sometimes with themselves—whether the ongoing protests happening throughout the world could be a watershed racial moment for higher education.

Will student uprisings this fall lead to deeper changes than those achieved by the anti-racism protests that shook campuses five years ago? What will it take to really address the role universities play in perpetuating racial inequality?

The Colleges That Can Spur America’s COVID-19 Recovery
Anne Kim, Washington Monthly
SHARE:  Facebook • Twitter

Regional public universities confer nearly 40 percent of all bachelor’s degrees in America each year and as many as one-fifth of degrees overall. They are particularly important in providing higher education access to minority students—and they play an enormous role in supporting their local economies. They also are struggling to survive.

But if these schools pull through this period, they could be pivotal to a robust and equitable post-pandemic recovery.

Colleges Face Rising Revolt by Professors
Anemona Hartocollis, The New York Times
SHARE:  Facebook • Twitter

College students across the country have been warned that campus life will look drastically different in the fall, with temperature checks at academic buildings, masks in half-empty lecture halls, and maybe no football games.

What they might not expect: a lack of professors in the classroom.

‘Black At’ Instagram Accounts Put Campus Racism on Display
Delece Smith-Barrow, The Hechinger Report
SHARE:  Facebook • Twitter

As protestors marched across the United States in June calling for racial justice, college students and recent graduates amplified their cries on Instagram. Through dozens of new Instagram accounts, they are sharing, often anonymously, what it’s like to be disrespected and harassed for being Black on campus. 

They’re also highlighting resources for such things as learning about white fragility and which college courses can prepare students to open their mind and check their biases.

Report: What States Need to Do for the Future Workforce
Madeline St. Amour, Inside Higher Ed
Blog: Making Online Learning Active
Steven Mintz, Higher Ed Gamma
Erasing Equity Gaps With State Funding
Kery Murakami, Inside Higher Ed
Video: #ConnectCollegeStudents: Crystal
Higher Learning Advocates
The Market for Student Loans
Darius Rafieyan and Stacey Vanek Smith, NPR
Facebook Twitter