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 27, 2020
Jamie Merisotis
No Longer Ruled Out: An Educator Develops Strategies to Keep Court-Involved Students in School
Katy Reckdahl, The Hechinger Report/The Christian Science Monitor
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Every year, more than 1 million teenagers, including high schoolers, are arrested in the United States. Students who go to jail are at risk of going down a hard-to-reverse path. Lisa María Rhodes, a social worker in New Orleans, wants to spring that trap. 

Through the nonprofit she founded, Rhodes and a handful of cohorts help young people who have become entangled with the law and all too often fall through the cracks in the American education system. They also train teachers to provide similar assistance. The idea is to support students in a way their parents often can’t and keep them from becoming another dropout statistic—or worse.

Jamie Merisotis
What It's Like to Graduate College During a Pandemic
Gabe Greschler, KQED
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For Madeline Nielander, a senior at the University of San Francisco, this coming May was supposed to be a celebratory time.

Her family was going to see her graduate with a degree in communications. Now, those plans have vanished. 

For many students, the coronavirus pandemic is disrupting graduation ceremonies and stripping away employment opportunities just as they enter the job market. Many are already in a financially vulnerable situation.

Jamie Merisotis
Coronavirus Upends College Giving Days as Institutions Pivot to Raise Money for Students’ Basic Needs
Emily Haynes, The Chronicle of Philanthropy 
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Over the last decade, giving days have become a popular way for charities to recruit new donors. For colleges and universities hoping to engage students and young alumni in lifetime giving, the fundraising drives can be especially valuable.

But as institutions respond to the coronavirus by shuttering campuses and moving students to online learning, many are changing the focus of their giving days to spotlight urgent student needs.

Jamie Merisotis
Staying in the Dorm Wouldn’t Work—Neither Would Returning Home to El Salvador
Diana Sandoval Simán, The Hechinger Report
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"All students who are able to must return home and stay home for the rest of the semester.” 

Those are heavy words for any student to digest. But when returning home means leaving the United States, they spark a series of emotions of an entirely different kind.

Diana Sandoval Simán, a senior at Princeton University, describes how three sisters from Central America ended up weathering the coronavirus storm in a New Jersey rental.

Manufacturing PPE for Hospitals
Matthew Dembicki, Community College Daily
Essay: Reviving the Original Purpose of Pass-Fail
Jonathan Zimmerman, Inside Higher Ed
Universities Get Creative With Emergency Funds for Students Displaced by Coronavirus
Owen Daugherty, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
How Technology Can Support Student Success During COVID-19
Susan Grajek and D. Christopher Brooks, EDUCAUSE Review
A Place to Call Home in Uncertain Times
Tabitha Whissemore, AACC 21st Century Center
Commentary: The 'Great Equalizer': Women in Higher Education
Asha Banerjee and Rosa García, The Center for Law and Social Policy
Essay: Equity Audits Should Be Commonplace
Annika Olson, Inside Higher Ed
Left Out of the Stimulus
Kery Murakami, Inside Higher Ed
Florida Lawmakers Boost Prison Education Funding—for Now
Ryan McKinnon and Josh Salman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
State Policies to Promote Shared Prosperity in Cities
Solomon Greene, Alan Berube, John D. Ratliff, and Aaron Shroyer, Brookings Institution
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