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Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
May 8, 2020
Coronavirus Pandemic Exacerbates Challenges for Homeless College Students
Briana Stewart and Sophie Tatum, ABC News
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For Marcella Middleton, a mother and first-year graduate student at North Carolina State University, the coronavirus pandemic is threatening the stability she has worked to provide for herself and her son.

She's not alone. As colleges and universities around the country shut down campuses and dormitories under coronavirus-related stay-at-home orders, the cost comes at a steep price for low-income and homeless students who rely on on-campus resources to get through school. 

Reserved: Internet Parking
Colleen Flaherty, Inside Higher Ed
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Savanna Navarro Kresse, a senior history major at Washington State University, Tri-Cities, recently participated in a local Facebook Live broadcast about higher education during COVID-19. Her smart answers and calm demeanor masked her discomfort: She was answering questions from her car.

Academe has more than risen to the challenges posed by the rapid transition to remote instruction. But the entire shift was predicated on the notion that all students have access not only to a computer, but to reliable internet access. In reality, many do not.

A Call for Ideas to Help Student Parents Succeed During and After COVID-19
Louis Soares, Education Dive
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Thousands of college students are scrambling to adjust to life off-campus and outside of physical classrooms. This sudden learning switch is a challenge for any student, but K-12 school closures and government orders mean that student parents are also home with their children—disrupting schedules and child care at a time when they may be facing uncertainty in employment and economic instability.

Student parents face challenges at every level. A new competition is prompting colleges and other groups to find ways to address them.

The Coronavirus Enrollment Crash
The Chronicle of Higher Education
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With unprecedented turmoil over standardized testing, the unmooring of the admissions calendar, and uncertainty around whether campuses will reopen for the fall 2020 semester, enrollment managers and consultants are confronting greater challenges than ever before. How do things look from where they sit?

Five admissions leaders weigh in on the pandemic’s impact—and what can be done about it.

Telework May Save U.S. Jobs in COVID-19 Downturn, Especially Among College Graduates
Rakesh Kochhar and Jeffrey S. Passel, Pew Research Center
MOOCs Gain Pickup, Respond to COVID-19
Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
The Post-Pandemic University
Allison Schrager, The City Journal
Blog: Fall Scenario #11: Students in Residence, Learning Virtually
Edward J. Maloney and Joshua Kim, Learning Innovation
Opinion: A Lesson From the Pandemic: College Students Need Safety Nets, Too
Natalie David and Gabriela Solomon, LeighValleyLive
Parenting While in College: Basic Needs Insecurity Among Students With Children
The Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice
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