Top stories in higher ed for Friday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
March 20, 2020
Jamie Merisotis
First-Gen College Students Face Extra Challenges Amid Outbreak’s Disruption
Laura Isensee, Houston Public Media
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Senior Luz De Leon usually never leaves her Skidmore College campus for spring break, Thanksgiving, or other holidays. A flight from Albany to Houston can be pricey. But this March, in her final year at Skidmore, she decided to visit New York City. She was about to head back to campus when she got an email alert about new restrictions related to COVID-19.

Like thousands of other Texas college students, De Leon is trying to find a new normal these days. But for first-generation college students, the abrupt transition can present extra challenges, both financially and emotionally.

Jamie Merisotis
Worry, Hope for Community Colleges
Madeline St. Amour, Inside Higher Ed
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While higher education leaders and experts may disagree on how this recession—and complications arising from the novel coronavirus—will play out, they all agree this is a difficult, unique time for the sector.

Institutions with large endowments and storied reputations are bound to survive. But what about community colleges and open-access institutions, which serve the most vulnerable and underrepresented students?

Jamie Merisotis
Free Storage and Internet: These Companies Are Helping College Students Amid Pandemic
Maddie Capron, The Sacramento Bee
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Shutting down universities and colleges during a pandemic comes with many challenges and unknowns for students. Roughly 20 percent of students have trouble with basic technology needs; others are losing on-campus jobs that helped them pay for their education.

Some companies are stepping up to help with offers of free storage, internet support, and more.

Jamie Merisotis
St. Louis-Area University Leaders, Students Grapple With What’s Left of This Semester
Evie Hemphill, St. Louis Public Radio
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Today’s college campuses are in many ways designed to be like small cities, featuring places to shop, eat, and live daily life as well as learn and teach. And in the age of coronavirus, those campuses are dealing with major concerns and questions not unlike those facing urban leaders.

On this episode of St. Louis on the Air, Jessica Long-Pease of the University of Missouri-St. Louis shares how she and other student affairs professionals across the campus and the region are working to support college students affected by developments surrounding COVID-19—and how students are responding.

How to Help Students Keep Learning Through a Disruption
Beckie Supiano, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Handling Clinicals, Apprenticeships, and More
Ellie Ashford, Community College Daily
Opinion: What Is a College Education in the Time of Coronavirus?
Richard Arum and Mitchell L. Stevens, The New York Times
Black Girl, White College
Erianna Jiles, APM Reports
State Looks to Build Policy Roadmap for Better Jobs
Scott Taylor, The Westminster Window (Colorado)
Why California’s First Online Community College Faces a State Audit
Lois Elfman, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Commentary: Historically Black Colleges and Universities Are an American Asset
Harry L. Williams and Kay Coles James, Winston-Salem Chronicle
Excusing Loan Payments vs. Paying Them
Kery Murakami, Inside Higher Ed
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