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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 25, 2020
We Can’t Let COVID-19 Derail College Dreams for Low-Income Students
Anthony P. Carnevale, Medium
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The COVID-19 pandemic upended life for college students across the country, with many now reassessing their plans for the upcoming fall semester. 

Low-income students, in particular, face steep hurdles. They are wondering whether the on-campus jobs they rely on to cover expenses will still exist, or whether their families’ changing financial situations may prevent them from enrolling altogether.

The University of California President to Leave Her Post in August
Ailsa Chang, NPR
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In the very near future, Janet Napolitano will step down from her post as president of the University of California system. During her seven-year tenure, Napolitano established a reputation as a champion for undocumented students and a visionary behind sweeping reforms to improve enrollment, access, and affordability. 

In this interview, Napolitano reflects on her legacy, the Black Lives Matter movement, DACA, and much more. 

A First-Gen College Student Talks ‘Fauxmencement,’ Loan Debt, and Advice for Educators
Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge
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Zipporah Osei always planned to attend college—but her idea of exactly what that meant was somewhat fuzzy.

These days the first-generation college student is telling the story of her college journey and her time as an undergraduate in an email newsletter called First Gen. Along the way, she’s offering lessons for other students, and candidly sharing details about her own experiences—and finances—that most people keep to themselves.

How One Small College Has Big Plans to Thrive After the Pandemic
Alison Griffin, Forbes
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Much of the attention in the early days of campus closures from COVID-19 seemed to focus on large universities and statewide systems—largely because of the numbers of students affected and the magnitude of the response needed to ensure connectivity and a continuity of support services. 

Dr. Mary Marcy, president of Dominican University in California, offers a different perspective on how the response of a small campus like Dominican might actually signal the promise and potential of other small colleges on the other side of this public health crisis.

Report Highlights Struggles of Working Learners
Madeline St. Amour, Inside Higher Ed
COVID-19 Pandemic Significantly Dampened Students’ Job Prospects and Future Earnings, Survey Finds
Owen Daugherty, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
For Some Small Colleges, the Pandemic Could Sadly Be Their Savior
Karen Gross, New England Journal of Higher Education
A Push for Equitable Assessment
Madeline St. Amour, Inside Higher Ed
Feedback From the Front Lines
Martha Parham, Community College Daily
Creating a Digital Presence: The Fundamentals of Going Online
Vincent J. Del Casino Jr., The EvoLLLution
Unseen Costs: The Experiences of Workers and Learners in Los Angeles County
University of California, Los Angeles, Labor Center
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