Top stories in higher ed for Wednesday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
October 7, 2020
Podcast: The Shift Toward Human Work and What It Means for Society
Ramona Schindelheim, Work in Progress
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In his new book, Human Work in the Age of Smart Machines, Lumina Foundation's Jamie Merisotis lays out a roadmap for how we can work alongside smart machines, doing that which only humans can do: thinking critically, reasoning ethically, interacting personally, and serving others with empathy.

Merisotis elaborates on what the future holds for humankind—and what we can do to prepare for it today—on this podcast.

Homeless College Students in California Brace for More Uncertainty
Marisa Martinez, Paula Kiley, and Rachel Barnes, EdSource
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As universities transitioned to online learning to slow the spread of COVID-19, thousands of California college students flocked to their dorms, apartments, or parents’ homes to continue their studies from the comfort of their bedrooms.

Homeless students had nowhere to go. Today, emergency resource centers on their campuses and cities continue to be beacons of hope for students seeking refuge during the ongoing pandemic.

College Students Upended by the Pandemic Wrestle With Yet Another Challenge: How to Vote This Fall?
Michelle Ye Hee Lee, The Washington Post
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There are signs that younger Americans, who have historically turned out at the polls at lower rates than older voters, are more energized about voting this November than they have been in decades. Yet the pandemic has created thorny challenges for college students trying to cast their ballots this year—and their predicaments are growing more dire as state voter registration deadlines loom.

In response, students across the country are now working overtime to organize online.

Innovating and Adapting: Tribal Colleges in the Pandemic
Madeline St. Amour, Inside Higher Ed
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Tribal colleges are facing many challenges as they continue to serve students during the pandemic and a recession. They're starting from a disadvantage, as they are typically underresourced compared to nontribal colleges. Their students, most of whom are Native Americans, are more likely to be low income. Internet connection isn't even possible in some parts of tribal lands. 

Yet they carry on. They took advantage of trainings. They're finding innovative ways to expand internet access. They're hosting traditional ceremonies online.

The Unequal Costs of the Digital Divide
Audrey Williams June, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Attending college during the coronavirus has meant added costs. And the digital divide that was a problem for many students last academic year hasn’t disappeared. In fact, with the fall semester already underway, institutions are still working to assess and overcome the gaps in technology for students.

For the most vulnerable students, a lack of access to the internet and a computer could keep them from enrolling. Already, community colleges—where an early look at enrollment shows a steep drop in attendance this fall—have been ramping up their loaner programs for computers and Wi-Fi hot spots.

Even in COVID-19 Hot Spots, Many Colleges Aren't Aggressively Testing Students
Elissa Nadworny and Sean McMinn, NPR
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Data from more than 1,400 colleges show that most colleges with in-person classes lack a clear testing plan or are testing only students believed to have the coronavirus.

With only weeks remaining before many of those schools plan to send students home for the end of the semester, the findings raise concerns that communities around the U.S. could be exposed to new outbreaks.

How Robots Will Make Our Work More Human
Anne Kim, Washington Monthly
Blog: Making the Call
Matt Reed, Confessions of a Community College Dean
Diversity Work, Interrupted
Colleen Flaherty, Inside Higher Ed
How Businesses Can Recruit and Develop More Young People of Color
Joiselle Cunningham and Angela Jackson, Harvard Business Review
Biden's Free College Proposal Would Pay for Itself Within 10 Years, Report Says
Owen Daugherty, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
Views: Reinventing Higher Education for Affordability
William G. Durden, Inside Higher Ed
Long Beach City College Earns 2020 Seal of Excelencia
Lois Elfman, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
CSU Pueblo Continues 'Vision' Through Pandemic
Anthony A. Mestas, The Pueblo Chieftain
An Analysis of Existing Short-Term Postsecondary Programs
National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, Advance CTE, and Association for Career and Technical Education 
The Dollars and Sense of Free College
Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce
Webinar: Keeping an Eye on the Prize: Equity and Inclusion During COVID
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education
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