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 26, 2020
Jamie Merisotis
How Is COVID-19 Changing Prospective Students’ Plans? Here’s an Early Look
Eric Hoover, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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By now, everyone expects COVID-19 to derail the plans of prospective college students. One big question is: How many?

Hordes of them, the results of a new survey suggest. One in six high-school seniors who expected to attend a four-year college full time before the outbreak of the novel coronavirus now think that they will choose a different path this fall. Three out of five students, though still intending to enroll in a bachelor’s-degree program, are concerned about their ability to attend their first-choice college.

Jamie Merisotis
Meet ‘The Micro Prof’
Ron Jantz, Community College Daily
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He is called “The Micro Prof,” and for two weeks now he has served as a voice of calm in a time of uncertainty by providing detailed daily video updates for the public on the coronavirus pandemic. 

“The Micro Prof” is Dr. Harry Kestler. For more than three decades, he has studied infectious diseases. He's also a worldwide leader on HIV-AIDS, a community college success story, and a professor of microbiology at Lorain County Community College in Ohio. 

Jamie Merisotis
How the Coronavirus Has Upended College Admissions
Charlotte West, The Hechinger Report/PBS NewsHour
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Karen Macias had hoped to visit colleges during spring break. Instead, the coronavirus outbreak meant she spent the week picking up extra hours at her Walgreens job.

For seniors like Macias, the wave of school shutdowns has come at a particularly difficult time. It has disrupted college tours and canceled standardized tests. Students planning to enroll at community colleges are in many cases just starting their applications, sometimes without access to the internet at home. And with high schools closed, students can’t get in-person guidance from counselors about financial aid and more.

Jamie Merisotis
The Coronavirus Has Meant Campus Closures and Layoffs for Some Texas Undergrads
Arianna Flores and Meara Isenberg, Texas Monthly
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Kevin Rivera is a senior at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Lately, he's been spending days at a time alone in his apartment. 

Rivera, a first-generation college student, pays for his off-campus apartment, groceries, and other bills by himself. Unlike most of his friends who have returned to their hometowns, he’s stuck near campus. He doesn’t have reliable internet at his home in Rosenberg, which would make online instruction difficult.

And while UTSA is continuing to keep its food pantry open, provide health and counseling services, and offer dining options for takeout only, the school can only do so much to help students like Rivera.

The Staffing Divide
Lilah Burke, Inside Higher Ed
Blog: Strengthening the Health Care Workforce in a Time of Crisis
Ivy Love, Iris Palmer, Brent Parton, Michael Prebil, and Lul Tesfai, New America
Blog: What Lies Ahead
Steven Mintz, Higher Ed Gamma
Coronavirus Creates College Uncertainty, Admissions Gets Easier
Douglas Belkin and Melissa Korn, The Wall Street Journal
Do Test Optional Policies Work? Depends on Who You Ask
Sara Weissman, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Yes, It Really Is Harder to Get into Highly Selective Colleges Today
Michael J. Petrilli and Pedro Enamorado, EducationNext
They Can Help Fight Coronavirus. Trump Wants to Deport Them.
Stephanie Griffith, Washington Monthly
Local Medical Students Helping Out During Coronavirus Crisis
Rachel Ettlinger, The Times Herald-Record
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