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March 13, 2020
Jamie Merisotis
When Coronavirus Closes Colleges, What Do Students Lose? For Some, Hot Meals, Health Care, and a Place to Sleep
Karin Fischer, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Abrupt college closures stemming from the coronavirus crisis have been jarring for all students, but they can be particularly distressing for the most disadvantaged. Those students may lack the funds to get home, or not have a home to go to. They may not have reliable internet connections with which to continue classes online. Their work-study job pays all the bills.

Advocates for such students worry that their needs have not been front and center as colleges made their coronavirus-contingency plans.

Jamie Merisotis
Access, Affordability, and the Future of Independent Colleges
Jon Fansmith and Lorelle Espinosa, dotEDU
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The common narrative surrounding independent colleges and universities is that they are either elite ivy institutions or small colleges on the brink of closure. Barbara Mistick, president of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, dispels that black and white view on this episode of dotEDU. 

Mistick also talks about how private schools are increasingly concerned with access and affordability, and how her years as president of Wilson College informs her work as head of a national organization serving a diverse range of institutions. 

Jamie Merisotis
'I Know What I Can Do...But No One Will Give Me a Chance'
Ben Wildavsky and Anna Gatlin Schilling, Lessons Earned Podcast
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How can we find better ways to measure and value the job skills possessed by Americans who don’t have a traditional college degree?

Byron Auguste, a former White House economic adviser and current CEO at Opportunity@Work, says screening out job applicants who can’t check the degree box eliminates opportunity for millions of people who already have what it takes to do a great job.

Jamie Merisotis
Fostering Equitable Community and Economic Development Through Apprenticeship
Lul Tesfai, New America
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Chicago, San Francisco, Louisville, and Birmingham all have something in common: Their city leaders support jobs, mobility, and local business through apprenticeship. 

The good news is that mayors and other city leaders have a variety of tools at their disposal to influence the supply of apprenticeships in their respective cities. A new report shows how with six concrete strategies.

Awarding Credit for Work Experience
Madeline St. Amour, Inside Higher Ed
State Employment Commissioner: Use Swiss Workforce Training Model
Mallory Gruben, Longview Daily News (Washington State)
The ROI of CBE: A Six-Year Analysis
Carlos Rivers, Yvonne Villanueva-Russell, and James Fountain, The EvoLLLution
What Can New England Colleges and Universities Do to Prepare for a SCOTUS Decision on DACA?
Miriam Feldblum and Jose Magaña-Salgado, The New England Journal of Higher Education
Coding Bootcamp Opens Programs in San Diego
Dave Schwab, San Diego Community News
Education and Health Over the Life Cycle
National Bureau of Economic Research
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