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 13, 2020
How Three Small Colleges in Turnaround Mode Are Adapting to the Pandemic
Natalie Schwartz, Education Dive
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At the beginning of 2020, several troubled colleges were moving forward with plans to shore up their finances and strengthen their institutions. Although their turnaround tactics varied, they often included attempts to grow enrollment, reduce operating expenses, and garner more donations. 

Then the coronavirus threw some of those plans out the window. Three college leaders share how the crisis is affecting ongoing efforts to revamp their operations.

Pandemic Compounds Inequities
Ellie Ashford, Community College Daily
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The pandemic didn’t create inequities in higher education. It exacerbated inequities already there.

Some schools are ramping up efforts to better connect with students and target assistance to those in need. For example, when Compton College offered technology products and free meals on campus, many students were wary of going outside and didn’t have the means to pick them up. As a result, Compton mailed laptops and mobile hot spots to students’ homes and partnered with Everytable to deliver healthy meals.

Supreme Court Ruling on DACA Soon Could Alter So Cal Lives; Coronavirus Might Play Role
Roxana Kopetman, The Orange County Register
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Guatemalan native Melody Klingenfuss describes the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program as her “cloak of protection.” In a matter of weeks, she and thousands of other DACA recipients may learn if that cloak goes away.

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule sometime before the end of June on the fate of DACA. The coronavirus could influence that decision. More than 200,000 DACA recipients have been deemed to be essential workers, including 28,200 nurses, personal care aides and medical assistants, among others.

Podcast: Will COVID-19 Permanently Change Instruction and Costs in Higher Ed?
Jeff Selingo and Michael Horn, Future U
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Two education visionaries—John Katzman, founder and CEO of Noodle Partners, and Ben Nelson, founder and CEO of the Minerva Project—discuss how COVID-19 might transform higher education and what institutions should be doing in response.

Blog: Fall Scenario #14: A Modified Tutorial Model
Edward J. Maloney and Joshua Kim, Learning Innovation
COVID-19 Has Worsened the Student Mental-Health Crisis. Can Resilience Training Fix It?
Sarah Brown and Alexander C. Kafka, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Survey: 4 of 5 Students Face Disruption From Virus
Madeline St. Amour, Inside Higher Ed
Commentary: Training Workers for a Post-COVID Economy
Bruce Katz, Mary Jean Ryan, Jessica Lee, and Courtney Kishbaugh, The Philadelphia Citizen
Report: Living Expenses, Not Tuition, Are the Problem
Madeline St. Amour, Inside Higher Ed
Can We Afford Free College? Nailing Down Who Foots the Bill in an Economic Downturn
Joelle Fredman, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
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