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.
June 4, 2020
A College Where the Graduation Rate for Black Students Has Been 0 Percent—for Years
Delece Smith-Barrow and Aaricka Washington, The Hechinger Report/Eye on Ohio
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Alexis Turner is a freshman at Kent State University at Ashtabula. If she graduates, she will be the first in her family with a college degree.

Making sure she succeeds is an urgent challenge for this state, and the region. But it won't be easy. The success rate for Black college students at several Ohio campuses—including Kent State Ashtabula—has been abysmal for years, even as Ohio pushes for, and desperately needs, more graduates.

What Will College Be Like in the Fall?
Emily Bazelon, The New York Times
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With the threat of the coronavirus continuing into the fall and next year, colleges and universities across the country are struggling with whether to reopen their campuses—and if so, how. 

Administrators, professors, a union representative, and students offer their perspectives on the new realities of life on campus in the midst of a pandemic.

First-Time Community College Students Offered a Guaranteed In at Many Colorado Universities
Jenny Brundin, Colorado Public Radio
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A new initiative aims to expand the college pipeline in Colorado and increase degree completion by giving students at the state's 13 community colleges guaranteed admission to a participating four-year college once they complete their two-year degree. 

Partner universities in the Bridge to Bachelor’s Degree Program will collaborate with community colleges in joint academic counseling, streamline transfer processes through new IT data systems, and engage early and often with students to better support their transition.

Podcast: Preserving Access to Public Higher Education Amid Crises
Paul Fain, The Key With Inside Higher Ed
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Like many postsecondary institutions, the University of Alaska Anchorage has experienced its share of tight budgets and other crises, including an earthquake and merger proposals.

Cathy Sandeen, chancellor of the multi-campus institution, discusses how her school remains focused on its open-access mission while trying to prevent education deserts amid budget turmoil and other challenges.

Meet Seven College Students Risking Their Health to Keep California’s Economy Running
Vanessa Arredondo, Felicia Mello, Bella Ross, and Adria Watson, CalMatters
Community College Systems to Review Police Training
Madeline St. Amour, Inside Higher Ed
Community College Students See Need for Mental Health Therapy
Akemi Tamanha, Capitol Weekly (California)
Commentary: When It Comes to OER, Don’t Be Afraid to Start Small
Tamara Girardi and Andrea Hartranft, Community College Daily
What Do Our Most Vulnerable Students Need This Fall? To Be On Campus
James Lang, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Essay: No More Statements
Walter Kimbrough, Inside Higher Ed
Making Sense of the Senseless
Colleen Flaherty, Inside Higher Ed
Infographic: Community Colleges and Student Aid
Kent Phillippe, Rahel Tekle, and Matthew Dembicki, DataPoints
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