Top stories in higher ed for Tuesday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
March 10, 2020
Jamie Merisotis
Veterans Are Working, But Not in Jobs That Match Their Advanced Training
Jennifer Steinhauer, The New York Times
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Erica Uleski fought to help her fellow service members as an Army medic in Iraq, working under brutal conditions to save lives teetering on the edge.

But when she returned to Virginia Beach in 2007 after three tours in Iraq, she found her extensive combat medical experience had little relevance in the civilian health care world, largely because she lacked the required licenses. 

As a group, veterans are often hampered by the difficulty of converting skills gained in wars to private-sector jobs, a lack of strong professional networks, and a culture of treating veterans as charity cases.

Jamie Merisotis
As Coronavirus Spreads, the Decision to Move Classes Online Is the First Step. What Comes Next?
Emma Dill, Karin Fischer, Beth McMurtrie, and Beckie Supiano, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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An eerie quiet has descended on the partially closed main campus of the University of Washington, following the school's decision to move all classes online whenever possible amid concerns of the coronavirus outbreak.

Several colleges are following the lead of the University of Washington, raising questions that institutions nationwide are now asking: When is the right time to make that call? On what basis? And how easy is it to make the transition?

Jamie Merisotis
A Single Parent Navigates Diapers and Degree by Studying—and Working—Online
The Hechinger Report
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For Chelsea Collins, everything changed with the birth of her daughter in 2015.

Up until then, she was content working in a medical office. But Collins wanted more for the future of her daughter—and that meant combining work, study, and child care to pursue a bachelor’s degree.

Collins offers a personal account of her struggles—and triumphs—as a single parent navigating through higher education in this essay. 

Jamie Merisotis
Photo: Mai Ly Degnan
Podcast: Author Anthony Jack on the Barriers That Low-Income Students Face
Ben Wildavsky and Pete Wheelan, Lessons Earned Podcast
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Anthony Abraham Jack, a Harvard University researcher and author of The Privileged Poor, discusses his own experience as a low-income college student as well as the experiences of many of today’s learners who are navigating an unfamiliar affluent campus culture they struggle to understand, let alone join. 

Jack also suggests simple things educators can do to make their campuses not only more diverse, but truly inclusive.

Workers With Skills But No Degree
Madeline St. Amour, Inside Higher Ed
Will Coronavirus Cancel Your Conference?
Scott Carlson, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Inequity Before College Starts
Madeline St. Amour, Inside Higher Ed
Summit Empowers Black, Latino Men in College
Jamal Watson, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
ED, IRS Working to Simplify FAFSA Form
Matthew Dembicki, Community College Daily
Opinion: How Working-Class Life Is Killing Americans
David Leonhardt, The New York Times
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