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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 28, 2020
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Welcome to the Socially Distanced Campus
Francie Diep and Megan Zahneis, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Students across the country will one day return to their colleges. Nobody knows exactly when that will happen because so much depends on the future spread of the novel coronavirus and on orders by state and federal officials.

But many college presidents have suggested it will be fairly soon—this fall, in fact. Whenever it happens, as long as no vaccine exists yet, it is likely to involve transformed spaces and new norms.

Podcast: Cal State’s Decision About an Online Fall
Paul Fain, The Key With Inside Higher Ed
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When the California State University system first announced that its fall term would be mostly online, the move set off a flurry of news media coverage and debate among policymakers and college leaders.

CSU Chancellor Tim White reflects on that decision—and how the system is trying to balance its two top goals of protecting the health and safety of students and employees while trying to maintain academic progress at 23 campuses. 

Losing International Students Because of the Pandemic Will Damage Colleges Financially
Delece Smith-Barrow, The Hechinger Report
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Shuai “Eddy” Jiang, a junior at Boston College, is nearly every college’s dream international student. Not only do students like him bring diversity to campus, they also usually pay full price for their education.

The pandemic, however, is likely to put a severe dent in this revenue stream. Institutions are now scrambling to rethink how they recruit and teach students from abroad as they prepare for fall 2020.  

Experts Suggest Reducing Campus Dining and Housing in the Fall. Here’s How That Could Impact Low-Income Students
Sara Weissman, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued new guidelines last week to help higher education institutions plan for the fall amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The CDC suggests, among other things, closing residence halls and communal spaces like kitchens and dining operations. 

As universities weigh these possible new realities, experts fear that limiting campus facilities—or keeping them closed—will exacerbate disparities for low-income students, as many rely on their college campus as a vital safety net for food and housing.

Commentary: Workforce Development and an Opportunity for Change
Jim Jacobs and Maria Cormier, Inside Higher Ed
Groups Call on CSU to Drop SAT Scores in Admissions
Suzanne Potter, Public News Service
FAFSA Renewals Down, Especially for Lower-Income Students
Madeline St. Amour, Inside Higher Ed
Opinion: Will the Coronavirus Kill College Admissions Tests?
Spencer Bokat-Lindell, The New York Times
Seven Things Colleges Can Do to Help Students During This Pandemic
Richard Barth, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Blog: Education Is a Team Sport
Caroline Levander and Peter Decherney, Education in the Time of Corona
A Q&A With Thomas Edwards on Helping Students Save Money on Textbooks
Lindsey Gumb, The New England Journal of Higher Education
Opinion: Boost Online Access, Affordability in the College Setting
John Comerford, The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio)
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