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 8, 2020
At Utah State, Aggies Elevated Pushes Students Ever Higher
Focus Magazine
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Many obstacles still keep people with intellectual disabilities from considering college. Perhaps the largest is the “presumption of incompetence,” a misconception that college—let alone taking college classes for credit—lies beyond the reach of people with intellectual disabilities. And it’s clearly a widespread assumption, since only about 5 percent of colleges offer such programs.

But students in the Aggies Elevated program at Utah State University aren’t confined by low expectations.

Colleges Plan to Reopen Campuses, But for Just Some Students at a Time
Anemona Hartocollis, The New York Times
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As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, colleges and universities across the United States are sharing plans for the fall semester. Many are telling large segments of their student populations to stay home. 

Those who are allowed on campus will be living in a world where parties are banned, where everyone is frequently tested for the coronavirus and—perhaps most draconian of all—where students attend many if not all their courses remotely, from their dorm rooms.

Students of Color Are Not OK. Here's How Colleges Can Support Them.
Sarah Brown, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Drop-in counseling for Black students. Therapy groups on coping with racism. Programs for white students on how to be anti-racist.

As the pandemic and the racial-injustice crisis continue to take a toll on Black people and other marginalized groups, colleges face a newfound urgency to support the mental health of students of color.

ICE: Foreign Students Must Leave the US If Their Colleges Go Online-Only This Fall
Rachel Treisman, NPR
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As college students across the United States and around the world contemplate what their upcoming semester might look like, new federal guidance limits options for international students and leaves them with an uncomfortable choice: attend in-person classes during a pandemic or take them online from another country.

And for students enrolled in schools that have already announced plans to operate fully online, there is no choice. Under the new rules, the State Department will not issue them visas, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection will not allow them to enter the country.

Credentialing in the COVID-19 Landscape
Sean Gallagher and Holly Zanville, The EvoLLLution
Course-Sharing Can Help Small Colleges Weather the Pandemic
Richard Merriman Jr. and Bryan Boatright, Education Dive
Workers Reinvent Themselves After Jobs Vanish in Pandemic
Kathryn Dill and Lauren Weber, The Wall Street Journal
Views: Navigating the Storms
John MacIntosh, Inside Higher Ed
Reopening Campuses, Racial Disparities
Kery Murakami, Inside Higher Ed
Faculty of Color Confront Extra Obstacles on the Road to Tenure
Sara Weissman, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
OER and a Call for Equity
Robin DeRosa, New England Journal of Higher Education
House Fiscal Year 2021 Education Spending Bill Includes Slight Boost to Student Financial Aid
Hugh T. Ferguson, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
Hybrid College
American Enterprise Institute
COVID-19 Student Survey
California Student Aid Commission
Reimagining Workforce Policy in the Age of Disruption
National Governors Association Center for Best Practices
Webinar: New Realities for Higher Education
Public Policy Institute of California
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