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 18, 2020
Voices of Protest, Crying for Change, Ring Across US, Beyond
Claire Galofaro, The Associated Press
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They are students, nurses and doctors, artists, construction workers, government employees; black, brown, and white; young and old.

The demonstrations that started in solidarity with the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police on May 25 have grown into an unprecedented global movement, mobilizing people from all walks of life in the fight against racial injustice. And for a moment at least, everyone seems to be paying attention.

Colleges Say They Can Reopen Safely. But Will Students Follow the Rules?
Sarah Brown, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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In order to return to learning in person this fall as the pandemic rages on, many colleges will require or recommend face coverings, physical-distancing, limited gathering sizes, and travel restrictions. 

Institutions already struggle to get students to abide by safety policies, particularly those governing alcohol use. The COVID-19 restrictions at many institutions—which will upend most typical aspects of student life—will be even more stringent and challenging to enforce.

College Programs in Prisons Go Remote
Lilah Burke, Inside Higher Ed
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Just as colleges and universities had to drastically adjust their instruction when the coronavirus pandemic exploded in March, so too did higher education programs in prisons.

For the most part, college programs housed in prisons have now gone one of three paths. Some have switched to a paper correspondence model, while others have tried to leverage any existing technology in their facility. Many have suspended their programs altogether.

Why Upskilling Matters, Now More Than Ever
The Milken Institute 
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The need to upskill today's workers has never been more urgent. More than 40 million people have lost their jobs since the economy began to shut down in mid-March to combat the spread of COVID-19. Businesses had to immediately reinvent the way they served customers, often demanding new skills and tasks from their employees.
 
WorkingNation Founder and CEO Art Bilger offers insight on successful upskilling initiatives to educate, train, and develop individuals for success in today's evolving workforce.

‘We’re All in This Together’
Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed
The Changing Landscape of Employment
Martha Parham, Community College Daily
University of Chicago Is Vulnerable in New COVID Era
Lynne Marek, Crain’s Chicago Business
Black College Grads Report Less Support in College
Jessica Harlan and Stephanie Marken, Gallup
Two Historically Black Colleges and UNCF Will Share $120-Million Gift
Katherine Mangan, The Chronicle of Higher Education
High School Students and Alumni Are Using Social Media to Expose Racism
Taylor Lorenz and Katherine Rosman, The New York Times
Best Practices for FAFSA Completion Support Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic
Meghan Lustig, National College Attainment Network
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Distribution
National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
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