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.
May 12, 2020
AP Tests Begin Online and at Home—But Not for Everyone
Elissa Nadworny and Carrie Jung, NPR
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High school senior Natalie Szewczyk recently turned her Toyota Corolla into a mobile workstation. Up until a few days ago, it's where she planned to take her AP test.

The college credit exams were moved online in response to the pandemic—and the new format has raised questions about fairness. For many students, changing the test site from a proctored classroom to their devices at home is a big deal because they don't have Internet access.  

Ready for Recovery
Matthew Dembicki, Community College Daily
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William Serrata, president of El Paso Community College, is paying close attention to the latest unemployment figures these days. 

While it’s uncertain what jobs will look like when the pandemic subsides, a couple of things are certain for Serrata: Attaining a postsecondary credential has become more important than ever, and community colleges will play key roles in facilitating the economic recovery.

Little-Noticed Victims of the Higher Education Shutdowns: College Towns
Emily Richmond, The Hechinger Report
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Fifty thousand visitors usually flock to Ann Arbor—home to the University of Michigan—for the spring commencement ceremonies. Instead, “Sorry, we’re closed” signs now hang on the many storefronts shut up tight in response to the statewide lockdown intended to curtail the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

In another measure of the massive economic toll of the pandemic on higher education, the resulting shutdowns have been singularly devastating to the college towns in which these campuses are situated.

Daytona College Grads Survive Pandemic Demands, Loss of Traditions
Mark Harper, The Daytona Beach News-Journal
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Spring semester was already an incredibly busy one for Reagan Creamer: seven classes, two student leadership positions, and a part-time job.

Then came the pandemic.

As college seniors emerged from spring break, their lives changed dramatically. A Daytona State College student body president and a Florida State University student editor share the reality of finishing their final work amid a health crisis.  

Reimagining Career Education
Lilah Burke, Inside Higher Ed
Commentary: Higher Ed’s Coronavirus Opportunity
Eric Mazur and Bob Kerrey, The Wall Street Journal
Counselors Make a Difference
Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed
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