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.
May 6, 2020
As Students Put Off College, Anxious Universities Tap Wait Lists
Anemona Hartocollis and Dan Levin, The New York Times
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Shaken by economic hardship, health fears, and uncertainty about when campuses will reopen, a large number of high school seniors appear to be putting off a decision about where to go to college in the fall—or whether to go at all.

For schools, enrollment drops and lost revenue could be devastating.

An Educator’s View: My 12th-Graders Are Mostly First-Generation, Low-Income Students Hit Hard by COVID-19. Three Ways Colleges Can Help Them
Carlene Huard, The 74
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COVID-19 has made gatherings like the annual College Signing Day impossible, at least in the traditional, confetti-from-the-ceiling sense. But for many first-generation, low-income 12th graders at a Texas high school, the pandemic is creating another anxiety: the fear they may not make it to their first day of college this fall.

Carlene Huard, a teacher at IDEA South Flores College Preparatory in San Antonio, Texas, shares insight on what colleges can do to ensure her students and others have a fair shot at earning their degrees.

Photo: Hanna Barczyk
Six Ways College Might Look Different in the Fall
Elissa Nadworny, NPR
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Colleges and universities have been careful to leave the door open on their plans for the fall semester. Will there be more testing? Contact tracing? Enough physical space for distancing? Will the coronavirus have a second wave? Will any given state allow campuses to reopen?

For all of these questions, it's really too early to know the answers. But one thing is clear: Life, and learning for the nation's 20 million students in higher education, will be different.

Financial Aid From the Stimulus Bill Is on the Way for College Students Hit by Coronavirus, But Some Are Getting Left Out
Katherine Long, The Seattle Times
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Twenty-four hours after Bellevue College opened up applications to students for emergency aid in the CARES Act, requests began to pour in. 

But less than half the money allocated to Washington public institutions is going to community colleges, even though they educate more than two-thirds of Washington’s college students. And undocumented students at any school were excluded from receiving federal funds altogether.

Work-Study Pay Loss
Greta Anderson, Inside Higher Ed
Podcast: Rebuilding America, Rebuilding the Middle Class
Ramona Schindelheim, Work in Progress
As COVID-19 Batters Higher Education, a Proposal to Move Online Fast
Alex Parnia, The New England Journal of Higher Education
Without Summer Jobs, Cities Seek Alternatives for Youth
Alan Greenblatt, Governing the Future of States and Localities
Blog: Fall Scenario #9: A Block Plan
Edward J. Maloney and Joshua Kim, Learning Innovation
A Tough Road for Part-Time Students
Community College Daily
Opinion: How to Raise Tuition the Right Way for Low- and Middle-Income Students
Phillip Levine, Jennifer Ma, and Lauren Russell, Education Dive
Podcast: A College at the Crossroads of COVID-19 and DACA
Jon Fansmith and Lorelle Espinosa, dotEDU
Yearly Success and Progress Rates
National Student Clearinghouse Research Center 
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