Top stories in higher ed for Friday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
June 12, 2020
60 Colleges Will Join Forces to Tackle Racial Inequity. Here’s Their Plan.
Sarah Brown, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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As the nation grapples with widespread outrage over the killing in police custody of George Floyd, colleges have scrambled to respond in a way that feels genuine in an emotionally charged moment. Often, their statements have been criticized as vague and empty.

More than half of the 115 presidents in the California community-college system are now taking action with a new partnership to end racial disparities on their campuses.

A Time to Reimagine Community Colleges
Ellie Ashford, Community College Daily
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The COVID-19 pandemic, an upsurge in unemployment, and renewed attention on equity are leading to soul-searching among community college leaders on how they can best serve their students and communities.

Four presidents discuss how their institutions are adapting to these new realities.

Pressure Mounts for Universities to Anticipate, and Train People for, In-Demand Jobs
Matt Krupnick, The Hechinger Report/PBS NewsHour
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Whatever happens to the economy, many professions are expected to face a critical shortage of workers. And some may even get worse as a result of the pandemic. 

That puts added pressure on colleges and universities to find new approaches to anticipate—and meet—workforce needs. This includes a new focus on shorter-term training programs to boost the employability of graduates.

Students of COVID: College Kids Reflect on Life in Lockdown
Kayla Gallagher, WFSU Public Media
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Students across the country are experiencing the effects of the coronavirus in different ways. Some have moved back in with their parents; others are taking on jobs in essential businesses to support their families.

Four students reflect on how the pandemic has taken their lives and turned them upside down.

Can You Create Learning Communities Online?
Beckie Supiano, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Blog: Qualified!: Robust Assessment of Prior Learning
Peter Smith, Rethinking Higher Education
How to Achieve Real Diversity in Higher Education
Valerie Strauss, The Washington Post
Blog: Teaching for Social Solidarity: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in a Time of COVID-19
Quincy A. Bevely, Sherri Lind Hughes, and Nicholas V. Longo, Higher Education Today
Apprenticeships Address Workforce, Diversity Challenges
Matthew Dembicki, Community College Daily
Is This the End of the Road for Calbright?
Natalie Schwartz, Education Dive
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