Top stories in higher ed for Tuesday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
May 26, 2020
Photo: Janice Chang
For In-Person College, Coronavirus Testing Will Be Key. But Is That Feasible?
Elissa Nadworny, NPR
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Getting colleges and universities going is the main goal for leaders across the country—and it will remain so over the next several months. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released guidance on reopening higher ed institutions last week, and almost daily now, colleges are unveiling their own plans for how they intend to open with students on-campus come fall.

For many schools, part of the plan includes testing for SARS-CoV-2. But can they get tests—and with budgets already squeezed, will they be able to afford it?

Does Anthony Fauci Think Colleges Should Reopen? We Asked Him.
Nell Gluckman The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Postsecondary institutions are starting to release more details about how they plan to bring students, staff, and faculty members back to campus in the coming weeks and months. Many college presidents note that their final decisions will be guided by science and advice from public-health professionals. 

One of America’s top public-health officials, Anthony S. Fauci, weighs in on some of the plans that colleges intend to employ.

Will Coronavirus Problems Mean Even More ‘Summer Melt’ This Year?
Delece Smith-Barrow, The Hechinger Report
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Every year, high school seniors who will be the first in their families to attend college fall victim to what’s called “summer melt." But this summer, because the pandemic has closed schools and eaten away at household finances, the risk is even higher.

Some colleges and universities, as well as nonprofit organizations, are trying to keep students on their college path with virtual summer bridge programs, texting, and remote peer-counseling.

Another Casualty of the Coronavirus: Summer Internships
David Yaffe-Bellany, The New York Times
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For millions of college students, internships can be a steppingstone to full-time work, a vital source of income, and even a graduation requirement.

But like so much else, summer internships have been upended by the pandemic. Students who had locked down internships as early as September are now jobless. Many low-income undergraduates, already saddled with student loans, are concerned that a jobless summer could put them at a disadvantage in future application cycles, making it harder to find full-time work after graduation.

What Could a New Admissions Test Bring?
Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed
COVID-19 Will Intensify Education Inequities for Black Students
Bre-Ann Slay, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Blog: The Challenge of Equity in Higher Education Under COVID-19
Edward J. Maloney and Joshua Kim, Learning Innovation
Portrait of a Pandemic: How the Coronavirus Rippled Through Eight Young Lives.
Deborah Acosta, Alvin Chang, Nico Gendron, Alex Janin, J.J. McCorvey, and Allison Pohle, The Wall Street Journal
Borrowers Overwhelmingly Report Difficulty Navigating Student Loan Payment System, Study Finds
Owen Daugherty, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
The Condition of Education 2020
National Center for Education Statistics
NAFSA Financial Impact Survey
NAFSA: Association of International Educators
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