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 10, 2020
Behavior Pledges, Empty Stadiums, and Widespread Testing
Jack Stripling, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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From the moment colleges began closing their campuses in mid-March, there has been a great deal of speculation about how and when they will reopen. The dilemma has consumed higher education, prompting bold plans and confident declarations, as well as vociferous pushback.

In this interview, three college leaders discuss the cultural shift underway at their institutions, the new and expensive reality of operating amid a pandemic, and the best advice they've received.

Organizing for Change
Greta Anderson, Inside Higher Ed
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Students at colleges across the United States have been actively watching and critiquing the words spoken and steps taken by administrators at their institutions to address the death of George Floyd and the larger issues of societal violence and racial injustice.

Some student groups are monitoring the social media posts of their peers for offensive language; others are leveraging the wealth and connections of their universities to institute change. 

Historically Black Colleges Fight for Survival, Reopening Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
Safiya Charles and Byron Dobson, USA Today
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Though all colleges and universities have been hurt by coronavirus closures and face uncertainties in the fall, the impact is particularly acute for historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

The same history of oppression and institutional racism that ignited protests against police violence across the country has left many HBCUs underfunded, often operating on shoestring budgets, and unprepared to absorb sudden shock.

College in a Pandemic Is Tough Enough—Without Reliable Broadband Access, It’s Nearly Impossible
The Hechinger Report
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Many students—including low-income students, older students, Black and Hispanic students, and students from rural areas—often face particular barriers to access and success even when on campus. A lack of reliable internet access only exacerbates their challenges. 

Ted Mitchell of the American Council on Education and Jamienne Studley of the WASC Senior College and University Commission outline several steps that policymakers can take to shrink the digital divide for today's students.

The Remote Learning Diaries: Using Students to Improve Remote Learning Experiences
Victoria Balzer, EdTech Magazine: Focus on Higher Education
Michael Crow: Crisis Should Herald Cooperation and Differentiation
Ellie Bothwell, The Times Higher Education 
Dunkin' Partners With SNHU for Worker Education Perks
Jonathan Phelps, New Hampshire Union Leader
Part of the Solution
Matthew Dembicki, Community College Daily
Can the Racial and Economic Justice Movement Help Advance Equity in Higher Education?
Yves Salomon-Fernández, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Community Colleges Should Provide Both Financial Education and Aid to Support Students, Report Says
Owen Daugherty, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
In Uncertain Economy, Colleges Help Students Find Jobs
Jordyn Haime, Concord Monitor (New Hampshire)
The Importance of Services for First-Generation Students
Martha Parham, Community College Daily
Webinar: Race and Higher Education
The Chronicle of Higher Education
From Academia to the Workforce
The Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities
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