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 15, 2020
How One Community College Is Grappling With the Pandemic, Reckoning on Race
Hari Sreenivasan, PBS NewsHour
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DeRionne Pollard is president of Maryland's Montgomery College. The campus is eerily quiet these days. Like so many colleges and universities around the country, learning here has shifted from classrooms and labs to bedrooms and living rooms. 

Pollard is staying focused on current students, many of whom were struggling before the pandemic. On top of those concerns, students have been deeply affected by recent events surrounding racial inequities.

ICE Agrees to Rescind Policy Barring Foreign Students From Online Study in the US
Rachel Treisman, NPR
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Facing federal lawsuits and opposition from hundreds of universities, dozens of cities, and some of the country's biggest tech companies, the Trump administration rescinded a policy directive on Tuesday that would have barred international college students from the United States if their colleges offered classes entirely online in the fall semester.

Colleges Face a No-Win Dilemma: To Cut or Not to Cut Tuition?
Lee Gardner, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Amid all the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic for higher education, two things are becoming clear. Most students yearn to come back to campus in the fall, in spite of the risks. And if, instead, students wind up receiving online instruction come September, they don’t want to pay full tuition.

The Truth About What Happens Next for Colleges
Adam Harris, The Atlantic
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Howard University and the University of California system are returning to “hybrid” teaching this fall, holding many classes online but bringing some students back to campus for in-person instruction and laboratories. Their leaders explain those plans—and how they could change—in this interview. 

A Field Catalyst for Systems Change in Higher Education
Kelly Hodgins and Chad Lubelsky, Stanford Social Innovation Review 
Report Highlights Teacher Recruitment, Diversity Initiatives
Sarah Wood, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Opinion: Improved Higher Education Equals More Opportunity
Mark A. Wheatley and Josie Valdez, The Salt Lake Tribune
WGU Indiana Gives $90K in Emergency Aid
Mary Willkom, Inside INdiana Business
Fast-Tracking With PLA
AACC 21st Century Center (Massachusetts)
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