Top stories in higher ed for Thursday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
July 9, 2020
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This Will Be One of the Worst Months in the History of Higher Education
Robert Kelchen, The Chronicle Review
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In this essay, Robert Kelchen says the disruptions caused by COVID-19 are just the beginning. Whether colleges are willing to admit it or not, chaos may be greeting many of them in the coming weeks, and wishful thinking will not be enough to avoid it.

The best thing college presidents can do for their students, staff, and broader communities, Kelchen writes, is to immediately make the inevitable decision to hold most classes online.

From Pandemic to Recession, a 'Cacophony of Crises' Threatens Colorado’s Higher Education Institutions
Elizabeth Hernandez, The Denver Post
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Like most leaders in postsecondary education, university presidents across Colorado are trying to plan for a safe return to campus later this summer amid a public health crisis that demands their proposals receive constant re-evaluation.

Meanwhile, they know enrollment is likely to decline, unexpected pandemic-related costs will climb, and the state’s famously low higher-education funding has been slashed—again.

Pennsylvania Program Aims for Full Integration—and Employment
Focus Magazine
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As an award-winning prep cook at a popular restaurant in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Daniel Castellanos is known for his attention to detail. 

He’s also a star at Millersville University. That’s where Castellanos graduated in 2016, where he gave a commencement address, and where he was the first student in a new program, now called Integrated Studies. Its aim is to bring students with intellectual disabilities to school and weave them into campus as fully as any student.

Harvard, MIT Sue Immigration Officials Over Rule Blocking Some International Students
Colin Dwyer, NPR
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Just two days after federal officials barred international students from attending U.S. colleges that go online-only this fall, Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have made their objections clear. They sued the U.S. government in federal court on July 8, seeking to have the U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement policy reversed and declared unlawful.

The University of California also announced plans on Wednesday that it too would file suit against the federal government for violating the rights of the university and its students.

Commentary: College in America Could Be Changed Forever
Charles A. Goldman and Rita T. Karam, CNN
How Higher Ed Can Stop Affirmative Action for Rich White People
Anthony P. Carnevale, Peter Schmidt, and Jeff Strohl, The Chronicle Review
ZIP Codes and Equity Gaps
Madeline St. Amour, Inside Higher Ed
Call for Greater Scrutiny of Online Ed
Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed
Opinion: Texas Economy Needs DACA
Jeff Moseley, Austin Business Journal
Webinar: How Do White People Engage in Anti-Racist Work?
The DREAM Collective at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville 
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