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 30, 2020
On the Navajo Nation, College Students Navigate a Curfew and Digital Dead Zones
Sasha Aslanian, APM Reports
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When Jessica Austin decided to become a teacher, she enrolled at the only option in town, Northland Pioneer College. The rural community college has four campuses, but all of them are hours away from where Austin lives in Kayenta, Arizona. Then the coronavirus hit. 

The pandemic is making college harder for students on the wrong side of the digital divide. In rural Arizona, when campuses closed, some students couldn’t log on from home, because they had no access to the internet. A local sheriff flew laptops and hotspots to community college students on the Navajo Nation.

As Students Flock to Gap-Year Programs, College Enrollments Could Suffer
Elin Johnson, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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In the era of the coronavirus, gap-year programs like High Mountain Institute’s outdoors-based trips are seeing soaring interest from students looking for alternatives to online learning.

Indeed, survey after survey has shown that 2020’s prospective college students may be rethinking their plans. And while it’s too early to tell how many students colleges will lose, skyrocketing interest in gap-year programs could signal what’s to come.

Community College Child Care Centers Cope With the Pandemic
Tabitha Whissemore, Community College Daily
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The switch to fully online learning during the pandemic has challenged everyone, but student-parents have been hit harder in many ways. 

Janette Zuk helps student-parents by acting as a “resource broker” at Northampton Community College, connecting them to financial assistance information, tutoring, resources, and more. Since the pandemic, the requests have become more “anxiety-ridden,” Zuk says, because some parents are now jobless, worrying about child care, and facing health issues.

The UC System Just Admitted Its Most Diverse Class of Californians. How Did These Campuses Do It?
Sara Weissman, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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The University of California (UC) system admitted its largest, most diverse class of Californians this year, according to preliminary data. But how did this class come to be? What strategies did campus leaders use to boost underrepresented admissions?

Some campuses, like UC Berkeley, took the lead, with a major overhaul of the admissions process and intensifying outreach efforts with counselors from high schools underserved by the school. 

Blog: Multiple Digital Learning Modes to Optimize Class
Ray Schroeder, Online: Trending Now
What Colleges Need to Do Differently If They’re Staying Remote
Goldie Blumenstyk, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Seeing Stars: TIMESTEP Helps Minority Students Launch Careers in STEM
Sarah Wood, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Blog: Advancing Equity In and Through Youth Apprenticeship
The National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity, New America
What Work-Study Looks Like During the Coronavirus
Emma Kerr, U.S. News & World Report
Trump Administration Moves to Curb DACA
Elizabeth Redden, Inside Higher Ed
A Three-Year Bachelor’s Degree
American Enterprise Institute
How Students Experience and Perceive Transferring Earned Credit
American Council on Education and the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers
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