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 30, 2020
Jamie Merisotis
Graduation Rate for Native Students Surges at the University of Minnesota
Alex Baumhardt, The Hechinger Report/APM Reports
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Unable to sleep one night, Dustin Marrow scrolled through his Facebook feed. He stopped when he saw an ad for an Ojibwe-language program at the University of Minnesota’s Twin Cities campus.

Marrow is among a small but growing number of Native students attending the school, and he’s on track to be among those who graduate there. Between 2008 and 2018, the University of Minnesota Twin Cities’ six-year graduation rate for American Indian and Alaska Native students more than doubled, from 27 percent to 69 percent. Nationally, Native students have a  six-year graduation rate of 39 percent. 

Jamie Merisotis
How a Pandemic Could Change Higher Education
Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge
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The COVID-19 pandemic has cast a cloud of uncertainty over higher education. Colleges around the country have shut down and moved teaching online, and no one knows when it will be safe to reopen and resume normal operations.

Education experts and professors address higher education's new reality in this podcast, with insight on what colleges have learned from campuses in China and whether the pandemic could intensify the adoption of microcredentials and other alternative higher-ed models. 

Jamie Merisotis
How to Help Struggling Students Succeed Online
Beth McMurtrie, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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As instructors across the country move to remote teaching, many are worried about students who are already at a disadvantage. How can professors support them during this challenging time?

Maybe these students come from underresourced high schools or are the first in their family to attend college. Maybe they need additional academic support as they struggle to manage their time, devise good study habits, and engage in class. Two experts offer advice on how to support students throughout their online learning experience.

Jamie Merisotis
Universities Struggle to Respond to the Diverse Needs of Low-Income Students Amidst Coronavirus Shutdowns
Sara Weissman, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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When the University of Southern California’s campus closed in the wake of the coronavirus, going to class took on a different look for junior Andrea Alba.

Alba, who is a first-generation low-income student, now shares a room with her two brothers in her family’s two-bedroom house. Meanwhile, she has a payment due for her dorm room and dining services.

Alba and classmates like her are facing a lot of uncertainty and a slew of extra costs these days. Universities are working hard to respond. But for students who rely heavily on campus resources like food, housing, and healthcare, there is a growing list of needs.

COVID-19 and Human Work
Jamie Merisotis, Medium
Preparing for the Future (and Present!) of Work
Sheneui Weber, The EvoLLLution
Finding Steady Ground During a Shaky Time
Tabitha Whissemore, Community College Daily
The Key to Ed Tech Success Is People, EDUCAUSE Report Says
Lauren Glenn Manfuso, EdTech Magazine: Focus on Higher Education
For Many Graduate Students, COVID-19 Pandemic Highlights Inequities
Megan Zahneis, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Will They Return?
Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed
What the Coronavirus Stimulus Means for Higher Education Funding
National Association of College and University Business Officers
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