Top stories in higher ed for Monday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
June 29, 2020
Adults Can Thrive Amid the Pandemic—and Flourish When Economic Recovery Comes—by Earning Short-Term Credentials
Courtney Brown, Lumina Foundation
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As tens of millions of adults find themselves among the temporarily or longer-term unemployed, certifications represent a promising path back to work. These industry-recognized credentials, usually awarded based on an assessment of skills and knowledge, represent significant learning and have great value in employment markets.

Better yet, short-term credentials can be acquired quickly and usually represent skills in demand by businesses and other employers.

The ‘Katrina-to-Covid Class’: How the Coronavirus Era Affects New Orleans Students More Acutely
Katy Reckdahl, The Hechinger Report/HuffPost
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All across the nation, students with senior years truncated by the pandemic are feeling a sense of loss as they try to understand what exactly it means to be part of the Class of 2020.

But in New Orleans, some have dubbed this year’s graduates the “Katrina to Covid Class,” because their academic careers are book-ended by Hurricane Katrina and the pandemic.

A Discounted ‘Gap Year’ Online
Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed
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As president of Park University, Greg Gunderson worries that students who decide to take a temporary break from their education won’t return. Instead, they may join the ranks of the 36 million Americans with some college, but no degree.

Rather than take a year off from their studies, Park University is encouraging students to take a different kind of gap year—one where they can continue their studies online from the safety of their home and possibly save some money on their education in the process.

How Universities Contribute to Inequality
Krys Boyd, KERA
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As the 2019 college admissions scandal demonstrates, social inequalities and colleges’ pursuit of wealth and prestige often stack the deck in favor of the children of privilege.

Anthony Carnevale, director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, discusses how colleges are perpetuating the very inequalities they're to meant to mitigate in this interview. 

Skills Over Degrees in Federal Hiring
Kery Murakami, Inside Higher Ed
Blog: Pandemic or Not, Immigration Bans Are Bad for America
James Pethokoukis, American Enterprise Institute
Blog: A Tool to Help Your Youth Apprenticeship Succeed
Andrea Messing-Mathie and Ali Walz, New America
Covid-19 Puts 2019 Higher Ed Challenges in Stark Relief
Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
Helping Adult Students Thrive Online
Sydney Richardson, The EvoLLLution
Blog: The Great Recession Playbook Is Gone: Why Higher Ed Needs Government Support to Survive
Elizabeth Banes, Emily Schwartz, and Elizabeth Davidson Pisacreta, Ithaka S+R
Lumina Will Join Facebook Advertising Boycott
Jamie Merisotis, Lumina Foundation
A New Guide Helps Faculty Plan Equitable Online Courses For Fall
Sara Weissman, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
MAGNET Is Part of a New Coalition to Improve Racial Equality in Manufacturing
Rachel Abbey McCafferty, Crain's Cleveland Business
When It Comes to Reopening, HBCUs Face a Common Dilemma—With Higher Stakes
Katherine Mangan, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Panel Discusses Policy Options to Support Student Borrowers Through Covid-19 Crisis
Hugh T. Ferguson, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
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