Top stories in higher ed for Wednesday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
March 25, 2020
Jamie Merisotis
COVID-19’s Long-Term Impacts on Education in 2020 and Beyond
Michael B. Horn, EdSurge
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As COVID-19 spreads around the globe and the threat of a recession materializes, most people are focused properly on the immediate task at hand—preparing to teach and support students remotely.

There also will be significant longer term impacts. And the biggest shifts may occur at the intersections of K-12, higher education, and workforce learning. These areas are often treated as their own distinct silos in the education market, but the coronavirus crisis has revealed how interdependent the sectors may be.

Jamie Merisotis
‘Exhausting.’ ‘Very Strange.’ What It’s Like to Be an Epidemiologist Right Now.
Tom Bartlett, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Eleanor Murray feels both burned out and determined to help. Two weeks ago, Murray, an assistant professor of epidemiology at Boston University, had never given an interview; now she’s given many.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to claim victims and upend daily life, many epidemiologists, particularly those with expertise in infectious diseases, have found themselves suddenly in demand. They’re on TV urging governments to take further action, or on social media explaining how to interpret data about the disease. And we’re turning to them for answers about a new, daunting reality.

Jamie Merisotis
‘On My Own’
Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed
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Community college transfer programs face challenges both at their home institutions and at the institutions to which students want to transfer. Add STEM to the equation and the challenges grow. 

Xueli Wang, a professor of higher education at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, explores those challenges and the way students meet them in a new book that follows 1,670 community college students for four years as they transfer to four-year institutions. She discusses her findings and more in this interview. 

Jamie Merisotis
Photo: Dani Pendergast 
Graduation, Financial Aid, Admissions—for This Year's College-Bound, the Future Is in Turmoil
Elissa Nadworny, NPR
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Xander Christou spent most of last fall like many high school seniors: researching and applying to schools. He planned to spend the spring visiting some of the campuses he was accepted to. 

But with so many colleges shutting down, all of those visits have been cancelled. More than just the visits, he's waiting on his financial aid offers, too. Money, and how his family is going to pay for college, has become even more important.

Prioritizing the Urgent, Important and Necessary
Emma Whitford, Inside Higher Ed
From Remote Working to Remote Learning
Ramona Schindelheim, WorkingNation
Baylor, MCC Scramble to Salvage Semester
Carl Hoover and Rhiannon Saegert, Waco Tribune-Herald
Essay: The Networked University in a Pandemic—and Beyond
Jeff Selingo and Martin Kurzweil, Inside Higher Ed
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