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 16, 2020
Lumina Is Setting Aside $15 Million Over the Next Three Years to Help Eradicate Systemic Racism
Danette Howard, Lumina Foundation
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In order to establish a just and fair society, we have a moral responsibility to take on the nation’s sordid past—and to push for the conversation and action needed to resolve racial challenges.

Lumina Foundation's Danette Howard talks about the foundation’s previous social justice work to improve the climate around race relations on college campuses—plus a new three-year plan aimed at helping eradicate systemic racism across the nation. 

Podcast: Planning, Adjusting, and Communicating for the Fall
Paul Fain, The Key With Inside Higher Ed
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This spring, the University of Kentucky convened more than 500 people to create its 187-page "Playbook for Reinvented Operations." The flagship public university also has been particularly open about how it's dealing with the pandemic.

Eli Capilouto, UK's president and an expert on public health policy, reflects on the creation of the playbook and how his school is continuing to prepare for the looming fall term.

Many College Graduates Are Relying on Unemployment to Pay the Bills
Alex Harring, CNBC
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Victoria Sheetz, a rising senior at the University of Michigan, spends 40 to 50 hours a week during the school year working at a job off-campus in addition to her studies. Then the pandemic happened. Sheetz is now worried about the fall—and how she will pay her tuition.

It's a common story across the country. Many students and recent graduates are worried about their job prospects and financial situation, with more than 25 percent reporting food insecurity or trouble paying the bills.

Debt Forgiveness Plan Launched for More Than 21,000 Former City Colleges Students
Fran Spielman, Chicago Sun-Times
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A new program dubbed "Fresh Start" will wipe out existing student loan debt for former City Colleges of Chicago students who re-enroll and earn their degree or certificate.

Mayor Lori Lighfoot says the program is part of a larger effort to address poverty and improve upward mobility in the city.

More Job-Seeking Tennesseans Eye Career Certifications
Nadia Ramlagan, Tennessee Public News Service
What If More Leaders Had Made the Moral Case for a Remote Fall From the Outset?
Goldie Blumenstyk, The Chronicle of Higher Education
RCForum: Helping Hispanic-Latino Students Make a Good Living and Live a Good Life
Joel L. Kinnamon and Annebelle Nery, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Views: Housing Challenges and Black Faculty
Siobhan Brooks, Inside Higher Ed
Summer Special Offers
Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed
Commentary: Virtual Internships: More Important Now Than Ever
Martin J. Walsh, Dr. Jeffrey Leiden, and Marianne Harrison, WGBH
50-State Comparison: Postsecondary Education Funding
Education Commission of the States
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