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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 12, 2020
Strapped for Students, Colleges Finally Begin to Clear Transfer Logjam
Jon Marcus, The Hechinger Report/The Washington Post
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When COVID-19 threw higher education into chaos, Lebanon Valley College quietly took a small step with big implications. It recruited transfer students this year by promising that their general education courses would count toward a degree—something that doesn’t usually happen.

The measure wasn’t only a way to give a boost to students churning through a global health emergency. It was also meant to help the college meet its enrollment targets for this turbulent fall and improve its diversity in a year of renewed emphasis on racial equity.

Podcast: Improving College Access for Native People
Jill Anderson, Harvard EdCast
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Tarajean Yazzie-Mintz knows about the many barriers facing Native Americans in getting to college. She has spent much of the past three decades working to improve college access for Native American students. Still, she says, there's an invisibility unique to Native people. Only about 14 percent of Native Americans attend college and many often leave before graduating.

Yazzie-Mintz addresses the path to higher education for Native Americans—and how colleges and universities can do a better job at welcoming and keeping them in this space.

Report: More Than 100,000 Low-Income California College Students Lack internet Access
Julianna Domingo, Shehreen Karim, and Charlotte West, CalMatters
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Pierce College theater student Sonny Lira was in the middle of rehearsing a script when his phone overheated and shut off, abruptly ending his performance.

This isn't the first time technical difficulties interrupted Lira’s community college class. More than 100,000 low-income college students in California, like Lira, lack access to the technology they need in order to participate in their online studies.

The First Semester of College Has Never Been Stranger
Marie Fazio, The New York Times
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Across the country, millions of first-year students are adjusting to college during a pandemic. That means classes conducted mostly online, dinners in dorm rooms, and a hard time getting to know professors and peers. 

The first semester of college is challenging even in normal times. But this year, psychologists and other experts fear that the necessary precautions taken by colleges and universities will increase the loneliness and isolation.

2020 Has Been a Hard Year for Higher Ed. Could 2021 Be Worse?
Eric Kelderman, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Economic Recovery Amid COVID-19 Uncertainty
Sheridan Miller, New England Journal of Higher Education
How Colleges Can Ease Students’ Fear and Anxiety in Quarantine
Sarah Brown, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Views: The Greatest Generation Redux?
Barry Glassner and Morton Schapiro, Inside Higher Ed
CTE in High School Is a Bridge to College
Ellie Ashford, Community College Daily
Indiana Commission for Higher Education Alumni Survey
Indiana Commission for Higher Education and Gallup
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