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June 23, 2020
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What COVID-19 Computer Models Are Telling Colleges About the Fall
Michael Vasquez and Francie Diep, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Fall semester is still months away, but at campuses around the country, a make-believe semester has already begun.

Researchers on some campuses are building computer models of varying complexity to predict how COVID-19 might spread on a college campus. Even though most colleges still lack the in-house expertise to create a customized model, almost every college can benefit from paying attention to the limited modeling that is taking place.

Students Sick of ‘Lip Service’ From Universities Over Racism
Meredith Kolodner, The Hechinger Report/USA Today
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In the aftermath of George Floyd’s brutal killing by a white police officer in Minneapolis, university administrators across the country have released statements in the past several weeks condemning racism. But many Black students say the statements are empty rhetoric; what they want is action.

For Adult Students, the Journey to a Degree Can Be Long—and Rewarding
Susan Snyder, The Philadelphia Inquirer
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For 13 years, Aliya Vance has worked as a public safety officer and dispatcher at La Salle University with what’s been a lifelong mission: helping others. Now, she has another La Salle title, too: graduate.

Vance is among 7.4 million students 25 years or older attending the nation’s colleges and universities. Being an older student comes with its own set of challenges, as many of today's students must balance school, family, and jobs. 

For Some California Teens, School Closures Led to Work in the Fields
Elizabeth Aguilera, CalMatters
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Maria and Jennifer Salvador start their days before the sun. The teenagers report to work at an Oxnard strawberry farm with one goal: to harvest as many bright-red strawberries as they can. Each 20-pound box of stemless strawberries they collect brings in $3.

When the coronavirus pandemic interrupted education across the state of California, and classes shifted online, many students went to work in the fields to help support their families. Advocates worry they're falling behind. 

Police Reform Starts With Training
Barbara Shelly, Community College Daily
Connecting With Students From a Distance
Rebecca Cooney, The EvoLLLution
Blog: Building a Practice-Sharing Resource on Planning for Fall 2020
Elizabeth Banes and Elizabeth Davidson Pisacreta, Ithaka S+R
Call for Doubling Pell, Forgiving Debt
Kery Murakami, Inside Higher Ed
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