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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 14, 2020
When It Comes to Student Loan Borrowers of Color, Policymakers Should Explore the Shades of Gray
Wayne Taliaferro and Katherine Wheatle, Lumina Foundation
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As Congress and state legislatures search for ways to make college more affordable, people with direct experience—including many researchers of color—aren’t in the room where it happens. Diversity is absent as borrowers of color face an array of special challenges that vary by race, ethnicity, and gender.

As part of a Lumina Foundation-funded project, three experts share insights on the enormous barriers student loan borrowers of color face—and the solutions to help them achieve fair outcomes in education, work, and life.

With a Degree No Longer Enough, Job Candidates Are Told to Prove Their Skills in Tests
Jon Marcus, The Hechinger Report
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Among the many frustrations ahead for millions of Americans thrown out of work by the pandemic is one that may surprise them: To get a new job, it’s increasingly likely they will have to take a test.

As the number of candidates balloons while health risks make it hard for hiring managers to meet with them in person, a trend toward “pre-hiring assessments"—already under way before COVID-19—is getting a huge new push.

U.S. Workers Need a Long-Term Solution, Not a Short-Term Fix. Congress Should Invest in Community College Capacity
Iris Palmer and Clare McCann, New America
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Community colleges are particularly well-positioned to help local job seekers and employers get back on their feet by providing high-quality training programs. These public colleges generally have strong ties to local businesses, experience serving adult learners, and deep roots in their communities.

But the challenge is how to design investments in community colleges that leverage their full potential as economic development institutions. Congress can help. 

What’s the Value of Harvard Without a Campus?
Ezra Marcus and Jonah Engel Bromwich, The New York Times
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Life on Harvard University's campus was meant to offer students the possibility of forming relationships with well-connected peers and professors, a social environment that could multiply opportunities. Now, the experience has narrowed into what is possible through a computer screen.

For all college students, including and especially those from low-income backgrounds, the coronavirus has unraveled years of hard work and extracurricular hustle. Some are now questioning the value of an elite institution.

States, Colleges Navigate Fall Plans Amid Pressure to Reopen
Hugh T. Ferguson, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
PTK Emphasizes Student Engagement
Martha Parham, Community College Daily
The Early Impacts of COVID-19 on the Community College Student Experience
Linda L. Garcia, Mike Bohlig, and Courtney Adkins, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Commentary: Pandemic Innovation
Elizabeth Markovits and Amber Douglas, New England Journal of Higher Education
Opinion: Centering Students' Needs
Maximillian Matthews, Inside Higher Ed
Racial Equity Initiatives in Higher Education
Council on Foreign Relations
‘Campus Uprisings’
Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed
Post-Pandemic Education Must Move Beyond Mere Job Training
Barry Alford and Keith Kroll, Truthout
Blog: Equity in College Admissions
Steven Mintz, Higher Ed Gamma
Next Candidate for the Fall Chopping Block? Student Housing Refunds
Elin Johnson, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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