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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 18, 2020
How Will the Coronavirus Change Higher Education for Incarcerated Students?
Sara Weissman, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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Like the rest of the higher education landscape, college programs in prisons must rethink how they teach their students during the coronavirus.

While some facilities still allow educators in as essential staff, many are temporarily pivoting to remote learning for students’ safety, despite “variable” access to technology. 

College Students’ Siloed Safety Net
Wesley Jenkins, The Urban Institute
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For most policymakers, Adam Ramsdell, 40, probably doesn’t resemble the stereotypical first-time college student. He’s older and independent, not a teenager living in a dorm and relying on his parents’ support. But Ramsdell represents a common college student demographic.

With the pandemic shutting down many job opportunities, working students like Ramsdell are often left with an impossible choice: focus on education but lack money for food, or work enough hours to meet Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) eligibility but compromise their education.

Connect the Generations Online
Maura Mahoney, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Despite leaving campus, many students are continuing—even expanding on—their service-learning projects. Motivated to help, and with time to spare, they’ve figured out ways to connect with children, senior citizens, and other people in the community who may be lonely or need support.

Rethinking College, or at Least Fall Semester, During Coronavirus? You Risk Not Graduating
Chris Quintana, USA Today
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Northeastern University had always been a reach for Henry Huynh. After initially attending a public college, the first-generation student from Boston finally got into his dream school. "It changed my life," he says.

A year later, the coronavirus changed his life again.

Huynh plans to enroll in the fall semester—his financial aid depends on it—but his heart just isn’t in his online studies. For first-generation and low-income students like Huynh, taking a semester or a year off—to work or to wait for a more stable outlook—could mean they never graduate.

Essay: A Time to Reflect on What College Should Be
Jamie Merisotis and Carrie Besnette Hauser, Inside Higher Ed
Without Schools, How Are Students Accessing Counseling?
Liz Weber and Patrick Armijo, The Durango Herald (Colorado)
Opinion: Pandemic Has Accelerated Innovation in Education
Mark Kennedy, Colorado Springs Gazette
Opinion: We Need Tuition-Free College. For Adults.
Michelle Miller-Adams, The New York Times
More Students Are Taking Out Private Loans as College Costs Rise
Delece Smith-Barrow, The Hechinger Report
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Financial Aid Professionals Unpack Free College
Joelle Fredman, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
A Free Jump Start on College
AACC 21st Century Center
Commentary: What Does Pandemic Unemployment Insurance Mean for College Students?
Jen Mishory, Anthony Walsh, and Andrew Stettner, The Century Foundation
The Secret Price of Student Debt
Student Borrower Protection Center
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