Top stories in higher ed for Wednesday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
June 3, 2020
Three College Leaders on Hope, Despair, and the Killing of George Floyd
Jack Stripling, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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In the days since George Floyd died while in the custody of the Minneapolis Police Department, college presidents and others have been issuing statements of anguish and solidarity with protesters.

In this interview, three college leaders reflect on the singular challenges of the moment, the role of higher education in such times, and where hope might be found.

Colorado’s Shift to a New Higher Education Funding Formula Places the Focus on the Student
Jason Gonzales, Chalkbeat Colorado
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For years, Colorado has funded its public higher education institutions primarily by how many students they can enroll. Now the state instead will weigh more heavily on how well an institution is serving its students.

College leaders say the change will align resources to state goals and help encourage institutions to provide resources for the neediest students to complete their education.


Urgency of Getting People Back to Work Gives New Momentum to 'Microcredentials'
Jon Marcus, The Hechinger Report
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Amy Nelson, a student in Henderson, Nevada, has earned high-demand industry certifications on her way to a bachelor’s degree in data management.

She's not alone. The toll being taken on the economy by the coronavirus pandemic is giving microcredentials a huge burst of momentum. A lot of people will need more education to get back into the workforce, and they’ll need to get it quickly, at the lowest possible cost and in subjects directly relevant to available jobs.

In a Pandemic, a Path Forward: New Orleans Schools Team Up to Offer ‘Bridge Year’ to Get More Grads to College, Careers
Beth Hawkins, The 74
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Jerranisha Marshall was working as a cashier at her local Fresh Market and trying not to get too discouraged about the future post-high school when the universe delivered her both the complicating factor of the pandemic and a path forward. 

In August, she will be one of up to 100 new high school graduates to attend Next Level NOLA, a free program designed to provide young adults with a unique “bridge year” that school leaders hope will put them on firmer ground in pursuing their postsecondary options.

A Post-Pandemic Strategy for U.S. Higher Ed
Vijay Govindarajan and Anup Srivastava, Harvard Business Review
How Higher Ed Can Fight Racism: ‘Speak Up When It’s Hard’
Francie Diep, The Chronicle of Higher Education
California Students Face Hurdles to Transfer Success
Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
Blog: After the Pandemic
Ray Schroeder, Online: Trending Now
Educators Find Alternative Methods
Jonathan Riley, Dashuan Vereen, Chloe Goff, and Rick Thielen, Pittsburgh Morning Sun
Innovative Software to Continue Nurse Training
Sarah Rose Evans, Community College Daily
What States Can Do to Protect Students From Predatory For-Profit Schools
Veterans Education Success and the Century Foundation
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