Top stories in higher ed for Tuesday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
March 31, 2020
Jamie Merisotis
A Working Parent in College Takes on Remote Learning for Himself and His Kids, Says ‘Something Has to Give’
Ariel Ventura-Lazo, The Hechinger Report
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As a parent, college student, and program adviser, Ariel Ventura-Lazo, 29, works and attends class—while also coordinating drop-offs, pick-ups, bedtime routines, and play dates for his children.

Life was already a fine balance of responsibilities, commitments, and difficult decisions. Now, the coronavirus has intensified those realities.

Under normal circumstances, too many student-parents face struggles without the helping hand that can make a huge difference in their chances of success. Ventura-Lazo addresses those challenges in this essay. 

Jamie Merisotis
‘Dreamers’ Tell Supreme Court Ending DACA During Pandemic Would Be ‘Catastrophic’
Adam Liptak, The New York Times
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About 27,000 of the young undocumented immigrants who are part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program work in health care, many of them on the front lines in the fight against the coronavirus.

Aldo Martinez, a paramedic in Fort Myers, Florida, is one of those individuals. 

The coronavirus casts a new light on the contributions made by many DACA recipients—and the possible consequences of taking such talent off the battlefield in the middle of a pandemic.

Jamie Merisotis
Back to Class, Remotely
Ellie Ashford, Community College Daily
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Faced with closed campuses due to the coronavirus pandemic, community colleges are undertaking massive efforts to move classes online, train faculty, and make sure everyone has access to computers and the internet.

At Montgomery College in Maryland, 20,000 students were already enrolled in distance-learning courses, but many instructors lacked experience with remote teaching. Those teachers spent spring break learning how to convert face-to-face classes to remote settings on the Blackboard platform. Meanwhile, some campuses are lending a lifeline to students in need with laptops and other supports.

Jamie Merisotis
From Flyover Country to Talent Central: How Indiana Is Leading the Pack Linking the Learn-And-Work Ecosystem
Ken Sauer, Leighton Johnson, Jeff Grann, The EvoLLLution
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In a country that offers more than 730,000 credentials, the need for clear and consistent information about education and training opportunities has never been more important. Indiana, like most states, is investing in many education and workforce initiatives to secure the state’s economic future. 

Technical applications built from these investments depend on data exchanges for information about career pathways, credentials, competencies, jobs, and an individual’s records of achievement. Yet, management of this data exchange process is siloed, which limits the potential value of these investments. That's changing. 

New Funding for Research Experiences at Two-Year Colleges
Madeline Patton, Community College Daily
Five Charts That Explain the Student Debt Crisis
Jon Miltimore, Foundation for Economic Education
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