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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.
October 1, 2020
Lies, Money, and Cheating: The Deeper Story of the College Admissions Scandal
Elissa Nadworny, NPR
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The college admissions process has long been sold as a system of merit: Do well in school, write a killer essay, score well on the SAT, and you'll get in. Yet the recent nationwide scandal, dubbed Operation Varsity Blues, laid bare just how much money, instead of aptitude, often drives admissions at elite colleges.

In this interview, journalists Melissa Korn and Jennifer Levitz talk about piecing together the story of a college counselor who made millions by bribing coaches and rigging SAT and ACT test scores.

A Diverse Faculty Benefits Everyone
Ellie Ashford, Community College Daily
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The renewed attention on racial justice and equity is adding momentum to the push for more diverse faculty at community colleges.

Leaders from several California community colleges addressed the issue this week, offering insight on why faculty diversity matters, what can be done, and the progress made so far.

Enrolling the Class of COVID-19
Eric Hoover, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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When COVID-19 first hit, it flipped the script for admissions and enrollment at colleges and universities across the country.

This is the story of how a small, tuition-dependent institution in an ultracompetitive market navigated the spring and summer of 2020, as seen through the eyes of a seasoned enrollment official. 

Podcast: The Push for a Learner Record System
Paul Fain, The Key With Inside Higher Ed
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The pandemic has brought new urgency to the creation of a learner record system, which could help students more smoothly transfer between colleges and find a job.

Scott Cheney, CEO of Credential Engine, discusses the potential for such a system, plus how his organization is trying to bring transparency to credentials while creating a marketplace for them.

Community College Baccalaureate Grads Earn More
Madeline St. Amour, Inside Higher Ed
How Can Non-Degree Credentials Help Diverse Students in a Recession?
Sara Weissman, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
An Especially Stressful Time for Dreamers
Elizabeth Redden, Inside Higher Ed
Students Miss Milestones, But Learn to Adapt
Aleli Nava, Voice of America
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