Top stories in higher ed for Thursday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
March 19, 2020
Jamie Merisotis
ROTC at Black Colleges? How the Pentagon Aims to Diversify Military Brass
Anna Mulrine Grobe, The Christian Science Monitor
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African Americans may be overrepresented in the United States military, but not in the officer corps: Only nine percent of officers are Black, compared with 19 percent of enlisted troops.

To right this imbalance, the Pentagon wants to expand its training programs on historically black college and university campuses. Other paths to improving the pipeline of future military leaders lie in social media campaigns targeted at minority communities.

Jamie Merisotis
The Quick Pivot to Remote Education
Jeff Selingo and Michael Horn, Future U Podcast
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With the growing outbreak of COVID-19 around the globe, American higher education continues to find itself in the headlines. College and university leaders are being forced to make up rules on the fly as they shutter face-to-face classes, create plans for online or remote learning, and try to strike the right balance between the need for social distancing and other considerations of their campus constituents.  

In this podcast, a provost at a regional public university and a faculty member at a private college talk about what it’s really like to turn a residential campus into a virtual one almost overnight.

Jamie Merisotis
Resilience and Resistance: Fighting for Higher Education in Prison
Lyle C. May, Inside Higher Ed
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In many ways, Lyle C. May is an ordinary Ohio University alumnus and a member of the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society. He’s also a convicted felon, awaiting the death penalty for a double homicide committed in 1997.

May says higher education is a basic human need—and the opportunity should be available to anyone who pursues it. He writes about life as an incarcerated student—and the impact of prison education programs—in this essay. 

Jamie Merisotis
'I Could See Everything Just Passing By.' As Colleges Close Amid Coronavirus, Students' Dreams Are Put on Hold—Perhaps Forever
Tara Law, TIME
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By now, COVID-19 has upended the lives of countless college students. For some, the situation is far more dire. Many students depend on normal campus operations for their basic needs, from housing to access to food. As schools shut down, these students are left scrambling to find alternatives that may not exist.

Even when things return to normal, students in precarious positions may not come back to finish their educations. Anastasia Lee, a 23-year-old senior at St. Norbert College in Wisconsin, is now facing this reality. Lee depends on a scholarship, but it only covers eight semesters. If she falls behind, she may never finish.

Report Highlights Impact of Prior Learning Assessments
Sarah Wood, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
A New (Temporary?) Normal for Higher Ed
Jeff Selingo, Open Campus
Will For-Profits Bounce Back?
Madeline St. Amour, Inside Higher Ed
California Colleges Are Going Online. How Ready Are They?
Vanessa Arredondo, Felicia Mello, and Janelle Salanga, CalMatters
Black Colleges Feeling Collective Pain
Marjorie Valbrun, Inside Higher Ed
Utah Builds Success on Integrated Education System
Derek Miller, Salt Lake Tribune
How Far Will Higher Ed’s Culture Wars Go? South Dakota Is Running Previews
Jack Stripling, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Essay: Rejected
Megan Quattlebaum and Haley Glover, Inside Higher Ed
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