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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 15, 2020
COVID-19 Robs First-Generation Graduates—and Their Families—of a Meaningful Milestone
Karin Fischer, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Andrew Pérez, a first-generation student at Harvard University, spent part of his senior year at his family’s home after the pandemic closed the campus. Like other students expecting to graduate from college this year, there will be no ceremony for Pérez, no pomp and circumstance, no cap and gown.

Harvard will mail his diploma. At times, Pérez feels disappointed. He also realizes the power in his pathbreaking. His success, he says, shows his nephews and other first-generation students that college, Harvard even, is for them.

CSU Chancellor Explains Decision to Keep Most Fall Classes Online
Larry Gordon and Michael Burke, EdSource
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Timothy P. White, chancellor of the 23-campus California State University system since 2012, is supposed to be celebrating his imminent retirement, not dealing with the many academic and financial challenges created by the coronavirus.

Earlier this week, White made what may prove to be one of the most consequential decisions of his tenure: announcing that most CSU classes will be online in the fall. He explains his decision in this interview.

Podcast: Pandemic Affects Job Prospects for New College Grads
Michael Krasny, KQED
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As the coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the economy, the 2020 class of college students will graduate into the most turbulent job market in modern history. Some students are seeing prior job offers rescinded or delayed; others have lost precious internships.  

New graduates describe what it's like to look for work in the middle of an economic meltdown—plus labor experts and others weigh in on what jobs are still out there.

Facing Uncertain Futures, High School Seniors Weigh Tough College Options and Alternate Paths
Sabby Robinson, Educate
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For many high school seniors thinking about the next chapter of their education journey, the hardest part of the coronavirus may be the unknown. Are colleges going to be open or will they be at home starting online? Will they have to pay the same amount of tuition to take online courses?

Editor-in-chief of The Hechinger Report, Liz Willen, shares what she's heard from high school seniors who are feeling anxious and overwhelmed as they face pandemic-fueled challenges.

A Playbook for a Second-Choice Fall
Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed
Blog: Fall Scenario #15: Fully Remote
Edward J. Maloney and Joshua Kim, Learning Innovation
Student Parents Underserved
Ellie Ashford, Community College Daily
Online Education Offers New Ways to Identify and Support At-Risk Students
Sara Weissman, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Commentary: ‘A Fall Unlike Any I Have Seen’
Walter Kimbrough, The Chronicle of Higher Education
State Cuts Grow Deep
Kery Murakami, Inside Higher Ed
Why Washington State Was So Prepared for Its Pandemic Challenge
Dean Paton, The Christian Science Monitor
Keeping College Dreams From 'Melting' Away
Delece Smith-Barrow, The Hechinger Report
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