Top stories in higher ed for Monday
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June 1, 2020
While Focus Is on Fall, Students’ Choices About College Will Have a Far Longer Impact
Jon Marcus, The Hechinger Report
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An entire forest of potential future graduates is now imperiled by the cataclysmic pandemic that has large numbers of students saying they will delay their higher educations, take time off, opt for community college, or shift to studying part time.

While attention has been focused on the impact of these choices on enrollment in the fall, each has also been shown to slow down or derail students on their way to degrees. For them, and for employers who need educated graduates, that means the effects of this crisis will be felt not just for one semester, but for six or more years.

As George Floyd Protests Rock Cities, Students and Presidents Condemn Systemic Racism
Andy Thomason, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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The nationwide anguish over the death of George Floyd—who was shown on video last week struggling to breathe as a Minneapolis police officer pinned his neck to the ground for nearly nine minutes—rocked American cities over the weekend.

Students on campuses across the country joined in protesting. Meanwhile, college presidents acknowledged the immense outrage over the killing of Floyd, as well as the disproportionate toll of the novel coronavirus on communities of color. Other leaders emphasized the role of colleges in combating bigotry.

Colleges Take Graduations Online: 'All We're Doing Is a Placeholder'
Wade Tyler Millward, Education Dive
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Newly minted doctors taking oaths over Zoom. College presidents giving speeches from home. Students creating entire commencements inside computer games.

Graduation has taken on a new form during the COVID-19 pandemic. Gone, for now, are stadiums filled with cheers from families and friends. Instead, they've been replaced with teleconferences and smaller tributes to the class of 2020. 

Photo: Cristina Spano
Colleges Face Student Lawsuits Seeking Refunds After Coronavirus Closures
Anya Kamenetz, NPR
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Columbia, Brown, Penn, Purdue—universities with hallowed traditions, proud alumni, and another thing in common: Right now they're being sued by disgruntled students.

The students claim that when campuses shut down amid the coronavirus pandemic, they should have been entitled to more of their money back. And the list of institutions facing such challenges is growing.

The cases—now dozens in all—are raising difficult questions about what truly makes a college education valuable.

Will the Pandemic Revolutionize College Admissions?
Brennan Barnard, Richard Weissbourd, and Trisha Ross Anderson, The Wall Street Journal
Blog: Standing Up for Our Communities
Steven Mintz, Higher Ed Gamma
Colleges Woo Students With Bargain Tuition Rates
Emma Whitford, Inside Higher Ed
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