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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 29, 2020
As the Pandemic Upends Higher Education, Is Residential College Worth the Cost?
Hari Sreenivasan and Cat Wise, PBS NewsHour
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The pandemic has upended the traditional model of higher education, particularly for residential colleges. As many schools announce plans to charge full tuition while continuing with remote learning, some students and parents are questioning whether the price is worth it.

This episode of "Rethinking College" examines a new effort to rethink the value, and the cost, of traditional college in the coronavirus era.

Stay or Leave?
Greta Anderson, Inside Higher Ed
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As colleges unveil plans for a fall semester during the coronavirus pandemic, some students have decided to put their education on pause and take a voluntary leave of absence for the semester or the entire academic year while they wait for college life to return to normal.

But taking an official leave at some colleges can be complicated. Students may lose certain privileges upon return from leave, and college officials worry residence halls and other on-campus facilities could be overwhelmed if too many students on leave are allowed to return at the same time.

40 Million Americans Face Student Loan Cliff
Michael Stratford, Politico
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The federal government’s emergency relief for more than 40 million student loan borrowers is set to expire at the end of September, amid sky-high levels of unemployment and an overall economy still stifled by rising coronavirus cases.

Unless Congress or the administration intervenes, monthly loan payments paused due to the pandemic will come due for tens of millions of borrowers.

One Student’s Journey to Join the Largest Group of Latino Students Admitted to the University of California
Betty Márquez Rosales, EdSource
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Johana Resendiz woke up at 4 a.m. every school day to take several buses that would eventually drop her off at the border bridge by 6 a.m. where she had to wait in line to enter the United States. 

Now 18, Resendiz will attend UCLA this year. She is one of the 36 percent of Latino students admitted to the University of California system, the first time that Latinos make up the largest ethnic group of admitted freshmen. Her story illustrates the difficult journey that some Latino students must take to be admitted to one of California’s flagship universities.

Virtual Learning Will Be Better This Fall. Right?
Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed
Back-to-College Plans Devolve Into a Jumble of Fast-Changing Rules
Douglas Belkin and Melissa Korn, The Wall Street Journal
New ICC Equity Program Seeks to Remove Barriers for Black Students
Tim Shelley, Peoria Public Radio (Illinois)
The Importance of Intentional Online Program Design
Thomas Cavanagh, The EvoLLLution
Essay: Four Top Asks Students Have for Colleges
Matt Wilkerson, Inside Higher Ed
The Value DREAMers Bring as Employees
Donald E. Graham, Forbes
Podcast: Why It’s So Hard to Lower the Cost of Textbooks
Jeffrey R. Young and Rebecca Koenig, EdSurge
CCBC Doing Away With Tuition Costs for Some Students This Fall
Morgan Eichensehr, Baltimore Business Journal (Maryland)
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