Top stories in higher ed for Thursday
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July 23, 2020
Parents Are Panicking, Giving Up Their Careers and Spending Thousands of Dollars on Piecemeal Solutions for the School Year
Jackie Mader, The Hechinger Report
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Fearful that the reopening of schools could lead to more coronavirus outbreaks and presented with less than ideal distance-learning plans, many parents are being forced to make difficult choices: work or care for their children. 

The situation is especially dire for single parents, low-income families, and those without flexible jobs, who rely on in-person school so they can go to work each day.

Photo: Suharu Ogawa 
Colleges Spent Months Planning for Fall, But a COVID-19 Surge Is Changing Everything
Elissa Nadworny, NPR
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As the start of classes inches closer, more and more colleges are rolling back their earlier, more optimistic proclamations of an in-person or hybrid fall. Those initial plans are now more likely to include hefty virtual options. Some call for classes that would be mostly remote while others are calling for the semester to be entirely online.

California’s Online Community College Still Has Much to Prove
Ashley A. Smith, EdSource
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Calbright College, California’s online community college, may have survived elimination in the state’s budget, but the pressure is on to prove its value to the state.

The college faces a state audit and has yet to announce any employer partnerships it promised a year ago. Questions also remain whether Calbright’s students, the first of whom are 10 months into the program, will complete and find the employment the college promised. These are the issues awaiting newly appointed Calbright President Ajita Talwalker Menon.

On a Knife's Edge
Maximillian Alvarez, The Chronicle Review
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As the COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis continue to converge, the future of higher education is shrouded in fear and uncertainty. While trying to manage anxieties about the potentially devastating risks to public and personal health that campus-re-opening plans pose, faculty and staff workers worry about whether or not their jobs, programs, or even their institutions will survive—and, if they do, what they will look like.

Four professors discuss the situations at their institutions and how their respective struggles are connected.

Too Early to Assess Fall Enrollment at Community Colleges, Say Experts
Lois Elfman, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Views: Snapchat, Instagram, and Other Unexpected Guests in Class
Kevin D. Dougherty and Jesse DeDeyne, Inside Higher Ed
Public Colleges Are the Workhorses of Middle-Class Mobility
Sarah Reber, Chenoah Sinclair, and Hannah Van Drie, Up Front
Texas College Offers New Curriculum for Social Change
Roz Brown, Texas Public News Service
Higher Ed Looking Ahead
Katherine Lewin, Santa Fe Reporter
Virtual Forum: Community Colleges, COVID, and Change
The Chronicle of Higher Education
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