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Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
June 22, 2020
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The Great Reopening Debate
The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Should colleges and universities open in-person in the fall? Higher education institutions are under intense pressure to announce their plans for the upcoming semester—a high-stakes decision that pits the safety of remote learning against students’ clear desire for an in-person experience. 

Professors, presidents, administrators, graduate students, and a rising freshman weigh in on the most consequential question facing higher education today.

Preparing for This Fall—and Beyond
Matthew Dembicki, Community College Daily
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Leaders of seven community college-based organizations recently addressed an array of issues pertaining to the pandemic and equity.

Two topics seemed to permeate through most of the discussion: Ensuring students have the technology needed to continue with remote learning and including faculty in plans to help students succeed in the new college environment.

Supreme Court’s DACA Decision Is a Victory for Education
Osvaldo Sandoval-Leon, The Hechinger Report
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Osvaldo Sandoval-Leon is an assistant professor at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York. He's also a DREAMer. Thanks to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, he has been able to live and work legally in the United States since 2012.

In this essay, Sandoval-Leon reflects on the Supreme Court’s ruling to temporarily preserve DACA and why the real work to create a permanent solution must now begin.

A Stronger Nation Webinar: Counting Short-Term, Industry Certifications
Lumina Foundation
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The economic downturn caused by COVID-19 has been unsparing in its impact on the U.S. workforce and once again highlights the critical importance of post-high school education.

On July 1, in a special webinar, Lumina Foundation's Courtney Brown and Jeff Strohl of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce will discuss newly available data on the powerful promise of short-term credentials in providing a pathway to good jobs. 

Getting Past Higher Ed's Two Tracks
Hallie Busta, Education Dive
Commentary: The Nation Takes a Collective Breath
Alicia B. Harvey-Smith, The EvoLLLution
Amid Rising Interest From Students, HBCUs Must Face Pandemic’s Toll
Eric Stirgus, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Opinion: Rebuilding Our Economy With Higher Education, Apprenticeships
Brian Fitzpatrick and Ro Khanna, The Intelligencer
Blog: Student Veterans Need Targeted Support Due to COVID-19 Educational Disruptions
Sindy Lopez, Elizabeth Davidson Pisacreta, and Emily Schwartz, Ithaka S+R
Blog: Basic Needs at a Distance
Matt Reed, Confessions of a Community College Dean
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