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.
May 7, 2020
Biggest Gap Year Ever? Sixteen Percent of High School Seniors Say They’ll Take a Gap Year
Charlotte West, The Hechinger Report/PBS NewsHour
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Faced with uncertainty caused by the coronavirus, more graduating high school seniors are debating whether to take a gap year and delay their college plans.

That raises the question of what all those students might do instead of attending college. Gap years traditionally involve travel abroad, internships, full-time work, or volunteering, which will be off the table if international borders remain closed and jobs prove hard to come by.

Photo: Roberto Cigna
Are Colleges Ready for a Different Kind of Teaching This Fall?
Beth McMurtrie, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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As colleges plan for the next academic year, so much is uncertain, including the continuing threat of COVID-19, the health of campus budgets, and the desire of students to enroll.

But institutions across the country know two things for sure: They don’t want to remain fully online come late August, yet they must prepare for that possibility. Can they create a fall semester that will persuade millions of students to return to college, convinced they’re getting their money’s worth?

Undocumented Students Generated Up to $132 Million in Relief to Colleges—But They Won’t Receive a Dime From the Stimulus
Viviann Anguiano, Center for American Progress
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"Maya" is an undocumented student enrolled at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) as a sociology and labor studies major. Her parents, also undocumented, lost their jobs due to shutdowns caused by the coronavirus pandemic. While their unexpected struggles resemble many families’ across the country right now, her family is not eligible to receive the stimulus checks that the U.S. government is disbursing as part of the CARES Act.

UCLA will soon receive nearly $18 million in emergency aid for students from the U.S. Department of Education. For Maya and other students, accessing a portion of that funding could be the difference between leaving college and completing their degree.

Southern New Hampshire U’s Big Play With Campus-Based Learning
Paul Fain, The Key With Inside Higher Ed
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Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) made news in April with a broad reboot of its campus-based programs, including slashed tuition and giving students more choice in how they take their courses.

In this podcast, SNHU's Paul LeBlanc discusses what these changes mean for the university and higher education in general.

Hardest-Hit Industries and Job Plans of Workers
Emma Whitford, Inside Higher Ed
Higher Ed Needs a Long-Term Plan for Virtual Learning
James DeVaney, Gideon Shimshon, Matthew Rascoff, and Jeff Maggioncalda, Harvard Business Review
Higher Education During a Pandemic (Part 2)
Nan Travers, The EvoLLLution
Three Ideas to Reduce Educational Disparities Post-Pandemic
Goldie Blumenstyk, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Views: Equitable Exams During COVID-19
Pamela Chui Kadakia and Allan A. Bradshaw, Inside Higher Ed
Better School Counselors, Better Outcomes
Christine Mulhern, EducationNext
Providing Meals, Work Experience
Emily Drabanski, AACC 21st Century Center
Cuomo: Pandemic an Opportunity to Reimagine Education
John Whittaker, The Evening Observer
Vehicles for Higher Education Act Rewrite Narrow as Congress Develops More Aid Packages
Hugh T. Ferguson, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
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