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 17, 2020
Jamie Merisotis
Why Colleges Need to Totally Rethink How They Treat Working Students
Francesca Trianni, TIME
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More students are working during college, whether out of financial necessity, to jump-start their professional lives, or to give them a sense of purpose.

Noel Anderson, author of Working to Learn: Disrupting the Divide Between College and Career Pathways for Young People, argues that colleges and other academic institutions need to do more to recognize this new reality—and can develop novel ways to blend schoolwork and paid work, with benefits in both spheres of life.

Jamie Merisotis
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An Updated Map to Help Us Navigate the Learn-and-Work Highway
Holly Zanville, The EvoLLLution
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The learn-and-work marketplace is growing more complex and chaotic. If it were a highway, it might be described like this: There is a lot of traffic, innovation cars are moving at different speeds, there are few traffic lights and no traffic controllers. 

Furthermore, many funders (both government and foundations) are supporting different cars, with cars competing for resources and often travelling alone to bring solutions to problems in the marketplace. Can a map help us navigate the learn-and-work highway? 

Jamie Merisotis
College Administrators Struggle With Whether to Close Their Classrooms in Response to COVID-19
Stephen Smith, APM Reports
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Colleges and universities across the country are closing their classrooms in response to COVID-19. But some students are calling on their schools to stay open. They say they'll suffer more hardship if their campus closes than if it remains open.

In this podcast, presidents and students at two colleges—one that closed and one that's still open—talk about how colleges and universities might be changed, permanently, by their responses to the pandemic.

Jamie Merisotis
2020: The Year That Shredded the Admissions Calendar
Eric Hoover, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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The college-admissions calendar is kaput. For decades, higher education has clung to well-defined seasonal rituals governed by deadlines that ordered the phases of the admissions process. 

But that won’t work this year, some enrollment officials say. At least three dozen institutions have pushed back their May 1 deposit deadlines by a month, and several more were poised to do so this week. Concern for applicants and their families is driving those decisions. So is concern for the bottom line. The traditional deadline might leave some colleges too little time to yield the class they plan to enroll—and the revenue they expect to bring in.

A Message to Lumina’s Partners About COVID-19
Jamie Merisotis, Lumina Foundation
Podcast: Skills and the 2020 Election
National Skills Coalition
The Real Lesson of the College Closures
Saahil Desai, The Atlantic
States Continue to Throw Support Behind Performance-Based Funding
Joelle Fredman, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
Community College Forges Partnership for Smooth Transfers
Michael Dumas, Advance Local (Alabama)
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