Top stories in higher ed for Friday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
May 22, 2020
California’s College Class of 2020 Prepares for a Shrinking Job Market
Ashley Smith, EdSource
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Just a few months ago, soon-to-be college graduates had their pick of jobs and internships.

Then the coronavirus took hold. Companies rescinded job offers and canceled internships.

Amid historic job losses, many students in California and elsewhere are now considering alternatives such as graduate school and projects until hiring resumes.

College Leaders: Don't Waste This Crisis, for Students’ Sake
Joshua Wyner, Inside Higher Ed
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Today’s health crisis presents an opportunity for college presidents to do more than secure institutional survival, writes Joshua Wyner of the Aspen Institute in this essay.

Wyner says schools should use this moment to do three difficult things: fix transfer, increase need-based aid, and advance teaching quality.

Fearing a Second Wave of COVID-19, Some Colleges Will End Fall Semester Early
Bennett Leckrone, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Hundreds of institutions have pledged to return to in-person classes in August, after the coronavirus forced them to move instruction online in the spring. While some of those colleges intend to return to normal operations, others have configured their calendars with earlier start and end dates.

Planning for Life After High School Is Harder During a Pandemic
Sarah Karp, WBEZ
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Three years ago, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) started setting the stage for a massive experiment: Would requiring all seniors to create a post-graduation plan before commencement day give students more direction in the next phase of their lives?

And now, in the middle of a pandemic, the requirement is going into effect. Chicago’s current seniors are the first to face this new graduation hurdle as they finish high school remotely. CPS leaders insist it’s vital, now more than ever, that school counselors talk with students about their plans.

How Workforce Credentials Can Become More Accessible After COVID-19
Sara Weissman, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
The Gap Year Fantasy
Jamie Merisotis, Medium
Opinion: COVID-19 and the Uncertain Future of Public Higher Ed
Jabari Simama, Governing the Future of States and Localities
Blog: Changing Market for Postsecondary Education
Ray Schroeder, Online: Trending Now
HBCUs Doubly Hurt by Campus Shutdowns in Coronavirus Pandemic
Annie Grayer, Laura Jarrett, and Yon Pomrenze, CNN
Commentary: Why California Needs to Invest in Independent Colleges and Universities
Kristen Soares, Devorah Lieberman, and Ann McElaney-Johnson, CalMatters
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