Top stories in higher ed for Monday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
March 23, 2020
Jamie Merisotis
COVID-19 Has Forced Higher Ed to Pivot to Online Learning. Here Are Seven Takeaways So Far.
Lee Gardner, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Who says academe can’t be nimble? In the space of a few weeks in early March, as the COVID-19 pandemic spread, colleges across the country ditched their customary glides toward the end of the semester in exchange for closing campuses and moving all classes online.

It’s too early to tell how, or if, this mass experiment in online mobilization will work. Many institutions just started teaching remotely, and some won’t start until this week. But early lessons have already made themselves evident.

Jamie Merisotis
As UW-Madison Campus Empties, Some Students Grapple With Food, Housing Insecurity
Yvonne Kim, The Cap Times
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Sara Goldrick-Rab has long been on the front lines of advocating for low-income and food-insecure college students. But even for an expert like her, this past week has been uncharted terrain.

When the former University of Wisconsin-Madison professor first heard that Harvard University was asking students to move out on March 10, the COVID-19 pandemic quickly took on a new form.

Within hours, Goldrick-Rab, who now teaches higher education and sociology at Temple University and directs The Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice, wrote and published a guide for colleges on how to support students during the crisis. 

Jamie Merisotis
Some California College Students Find Refuge on Campus During a Pandemic
Ashley A. Smith, EdSource
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California’s public universities and colleges have moved most courses online to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Still, select services remain intact for some students, including those who are homeless or have nowhere else to turn.

As COVID-19 continues to create havoc for American colleges and universities, several campuses in California are keeping dorms and counseling services open and operating for their most vulnerable students. 

Jamie Merisotis
Canceled Research, Sports, Recitals—College Students Are Coping With More Than Closed Campuses
Meredith Kolodner, Jon Marcus, Caroline Preston, and Delece Smith-Barrow, The Hechinger Report/PBS NewsHour
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The closing of colleges and universities has disrupted the educations of millions of students. But it’s affecting the lives of many in ways that are not yet widely understood.

Graduate students have had their research interrupted. Those in the performing arts have seen recitals and auditions canceled. Aspiring nurses can’t do clinicals. Job fairs and internships have been called off, as have debating competitions, graduate school admission tests, and conferences that are essential opportunities to network and get jobs.

Rory Bennett: In Loco Parentis in Crisis
Andrea Klick, Open Campus
A Coronavirus Stimulus Plan Is Coming. How Will Higher Education Figure In?
Danielle McLean, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Commentary: Our Future Depends on a Fair Education Finance System
Mike Jandernoa, Ric DeVore, and Deidre Bounds, Crain's Detroit Business
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