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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 9, 2020
Can Campus Unity Get Small Colleges Past Pandemic Into the Future?
Kelly Field, The Christian Science Monitor
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Small colleges have typically attracted students seeking small classes and close connections with professors and peers—the “sense of community” the colleges promise.

Now, as colleges of all sizes preach accountability to the campus community, the leaders of some small schools are finding their students particularly receptive to that message.

All States Now Required to Track Students’ College and Career Readiness, But Few Do It Well and Some Not at All
Richard Whitmire, The 74
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When it comes to assessing how the nation’s high schools are doing with the college and career readiness indicators now required by federal law, author Richard Whitmire sums it up in one word: spotty. 

The students hurt most when high schools neglect college and career readiness are low-income, minority students, writes Whitmire in this opinion piece. And they are the same students feeling the most pain from the college turmoil caused by the pandemic.

Podcast: Federal Policy and Part-Time Students
Paul Fain, The Key With Inside Higher Ed
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Amid fears about a possible exodus of lower-income students from postsecondary education, and community colleges in particular, what can policymakers do to help vulnerable students stay on track?

Morna Foy of the Wisconsin Technical College System and Jobs for the Future's Lexi Barrett weigh in on this podcast. 

Photo: Derek Abella
The New Rules of Engagement
Beth McMurtrie, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Even under the best of circumstances virtual learning requires a different, carefully crafted approach to engagement. 

After moving classes online because of the pandemic, many professors discovered this reality firsthand—and the struggle to create a vibrant online classroom where all students feel connected. Here’s how some professors are making it happen.

Two Visions of Higher Education Illuminate the Chasm Between Harris and Pence
Marybeth Gasman and Adam Laats, The Washington Post
Commentary: Understanding and Improving the Transfer Experience
Jake Ormond and Kellie Dixon, Community College Daily
Major Decisions: What Graduates Earn Over Their Lifetimes
Kristin E. Broady and Brad Hershbein, Up Front
Making College More Affordable and Transparent Going Forward
Joe Sallustio, Elvin Freytes, and Elizabeth Leiba, The EvoLLLution
Harris Touts Biden’s Free College Plan, Debt Cancellation During Debate With Pence
Owen Daugherty, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
New Residency Program Aims to Fill Teacher Shortages in Rural California
Sara Weissman, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Views: Postsecondary Paradox
Dave Clayton, Inside Higher Ed
Blog: Who Are Our Students?
Steven Mintz, Higher Ed Gamma
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