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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 28, 2020
For HBCUs, the Coronavirus Pandemic Hits Especially Close to Home
Nolan D. McCaskill and Maya King, Politico
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Leaders of historically Black colleges and universities are grappling with a challenge others in higher education don’t fully share: how to reopen their campuses to a population that has proven especially vulnerable to COVID-19.

Several HBCUs are planning for some in-person classes this fall; others are opting for online-only instruction. And that has its own challenges. Black students who lack sufficient access to resources for online learning could drop out or fall deeper into debt by transferring to a more expensive university closer to home. 

Shifting More Toward CTE
Matthew Dembicki, Community College Daily
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Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, El Paso Community College in Texas was already shifting from being primarily an academic transfer institution to expanding more of its career and technical education (CTE) programs because of a local demand for those skills among employers.

It's not alone. More two-year colleges are ramping up their CTE programs to help dislocated and unemployed individuals find good-paying jobs during the current economic climate.

The Skills Gap Debate
Matt Pelsor, WBAA
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Within days of the COVID-19 pandemic forcing businesses to shut down, or dramatically change their operations, unemployment skyrocketed. Now Hoosier workers and business owners are left wondering how to piece things back together. 

On this episode of All In, Lumina Foundation's Chauncy Lennon, Jason Kloth of Ascend Indiana, and Lawrence Mishel of the Economic Policy Institute offer their thoughts about the critical workforce skills needed for Indiana’s economic recovery.

What Equity and Student Support Mean at Colleges That Have Been at It for Generations
The Chronicle of Higher Education
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At a time when the nation is in the throes of both a movement for racial justice and a raging pandemic that is disproportionately affecting people of color, what can leaders across higher education learn from minority-serving institutions, especially in terms of supporting students and becoming more inclusive?

Five presidents of minority-serving institutions discuss meeting students’ needs, amplifying their voices, and fighting racism.

How Will Regional Publics Fare This Fall?
Madeline St. Amour, Inside Higher Ed
The Soft Skills Gap
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Opinion: Why We Need a G.I. Bill for the COVID Era
Deven R. Desai and Christos A. Makridis, The Hill
Think Tank Recommends Four Ways Colleges Can Address Police Brutality
Sarah Wood, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Stronger Together: The Power of Mentorship
Zipporah Osei, Open Campus
Blog: A Real Shortage
Damicia Rodney, New America
Commentary: As Higher Education Faces a 'Corona Swirl' of Transfer Students, Higher Education Must Create Clear Pathways to Degrees
John Fink, Maria Hesse, Cheryl Hyman, Shirleatha Lee, Sharon Morrissey, and Elena Quiroz-Livanis, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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