Top stories in higher ed for Thursday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
October 8, 2020
'Like Hitting a Roadblock': Five College Students Face the Pandemic—a Photo Essay
Rachel Bujalski, The Guardian
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Photographer Rachel Bujalski traveled across California to offer a candid window into the reality of today's college students as they navigate the coronavirus. They’re a diverse and driven group, with goals forged in hard times, odd jobs, false starts, and course corrections.

This is their story.

Podcast: The Path Forward: Higher Education
Jonathan Capehart, Washington Post Live
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Howard University President Wayne Frederick is leading a pre-eminent historically Black college through a global pandemic, an economic downturn, and racial unrest.

Frederick discusses plans to guide Howard through these crises—plus how he anticipates using a recent $32.8 million donation to Howard University’s School of Medicine from Bloomberg Philanthropies to help produce more Black doctors.

How to Keep Old Debts From Deterring Returning Students
Goldie Blumenstyk, The Edge
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A new report estimates that 6.6 million former college students have earned academic credits they can’t use to complete or further their education. The reason: They have an unpaid balance at a college that is holding their transcript as collateral. 

As the economy continues to lag and enrollment across the higher education sector continues to stall, finding a pathway back to higher education for the millions of students with stranded credits will be critical for students, states, and institutions alike.

Higher Education Food Insecurity Expert Calls on Idaho Leaders to Do More For Students
Frankie Barnhill, Boise State Public Radio
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More college students across the country are struggling with hunger today, and the coronavirus pandemic is making it worse. Some colleges have stepped up with food pantries for those who need food assistance. But many experts say such efforts are band-aid solutions at best.

Sara Goldrick-Rab, a leading researcher on food and housing insecurity on college campuses, shares what states and higher education leaders can do to make real and lasting change in ending college hunger.

Work Needed: Human Required
James Arroyo, Ditchley Foundation
Seeing the Pandemic as a Workforce 'Opportunity'
John Steppe and Thomas Friestad, The Gazette
Commentary: How to Build a Virtuous Cycle
John Krull, The Statehouse File
Commentary: Creating an Ethos of Care: Retaining Students During COVID-19
Kim Siegenthaler and Allison Calhoun-Brown, The EvoLLLution
The $78 Billion Community College Funding Shortfall
Victoria Yuen, Center for American Progress
Excelencia’s ALASS Institute Focuses on the Future of HSIs
Sarah Wood, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Paying for Inequity
Colleen Flaherty, Inside Higher Ed
Opinion: Let's Bring Higher Ed Out of the Data Dark Ages
Tamara Hiler and Andrew Gillen, The Hill
Virginia Program Helps Veterans Transition to Civilian Jobs
Diane Bernard, Virginia Public News Service
New Visa Rules Worry Some Students
Alexandra Macia, Voice of America
Student Debt and the Class of 2019
Institute for College Access & Success 
Webinar: How to Remake Higher Education
New America and Washington Monthly 
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