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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 21, 2020
With Higher Ed in Limbo, Students Are Switching to Community Colleges
Charlotte West, The Hechinger Report
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Even before the pandemic, a small but growing number of university students looking for an inexpensive way to knock off a few general education requirements took them at their local community colleges in the summer. 

Now far more are signing up at or considering community colleges for not only the summer, but also potentially the fall.

Unemployment Hardships Could Derail the Very Students Who Were Poised to Drive Colleges’ Enrollment
Goldie Blumenstyk, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Hispanic students are considered higher education’s growth engine. But now, because of the coronavirus, many may find themselves unable to start or continue their college education.

That could be because their parents have lost jobs, or they themselves have, since more than 60 percent of Hispanic students typically work while enrolled in school. Colleges can help by improving outreach to family members and paying attention to food, housing, and other basic needs.

Podcast: California's Community Colleges and Lessons Learned in the Last Recession
Paul Fain, The Key With Inside Higher Ed
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Millions of individuals have applied for unemployment insurance in California as the coronavirus wreaks havoc on jobs and incomes. Meanwhile, the state is proposing a $740 million budget cut to its community college system.

This podcast explores how California's community colleges are coping with the pandemic from the perspectives of California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley and Karen Stout of Achieving the Dream.

What Does COVID-19 Mean for the Future of College Admissions?
Stephanie Sy and Rachel Wellford, PBS NewsHour
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Springtime for juniors in high school usually marks the beginning of the college admissions process, with SAT and ACT tests and advanced placement exams.

More than two million students took AP exams last week. But a glitch prevented thousands from submitting their exams, which were administered online for the first time this year.

All this is raising questions about what to do with testing for the class of 2021 and beyond.

Restoring the Workforce to Revive the Economy
Matthew Dembicki, Community College Daily
Blog: What Will Life Be Like at Post-COVID Colleges and Universities?
Peter Decherney and Caroline Levander, Education in the Time of Corona
Report: Inequities, Barriers Remain for Degree Attainment
Madeline St. Amour, Inside Higher Ed
Indicators of Higher Education Equity in the United States—2020 Historical Trend Report
Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education
Deeper in Debt: Women and Student Loans in the Time of COVID
American Association of University Women
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