Top stories in higher ed for Tuesday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
October 13, 2020
What Do Colleges Owe Their Most Vulnerable Students?
Nora Caplan-Bricker, The New Yorker
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This fall, most discussion of college students has revolved around the risks that they pose to others: the unchecked transmission at parties, the campus outbreaks that could sow death in college towns. 

To date, The New York Times reports that at least a 178,000 coronavirus cases have been linked to institutions of higher education. Reopened campuses present obvious dangers, but shuttered dorms and dining halls create a more acute crisis for a smaller number of students, depriving them of stable housing, regular meals, and the broadband they need to attend virtual classes.

As the Pandemic Grinds On, Here Are Five Big Worries of College Presidents
Michael Vasquez, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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It’s a tough time to be a college leader in America—and a new survey of nearly 300 presidents suggests that as the pandemic wears on, many are simply focused on their institution’s survival.

The American Council on Education, in conjunction with the TIAA Institute, reached out to presidents last month and asked them to identify their most pressing concerns. Here are five of the survey’s top findings.

Some Detroit Students Need More Support in College. A New Team of Charter Schools Wants to Change That.
Koby Levin, Chalkbeat Detroit
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Four charter school management companies in Detroit are joining forces to help their graduates succeed in college. They promise that within a decade, 90 percent of their high school graduates will complete a full year of college coursework—much higher than the state average.

The Detroit Charter High School Collaborative intends to share data and best practices around college attainment, an unusual level of cooperation between private management companies in Detroit. It’s part of a larger effort organized by the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce to prepare more people to enter the workforce in southeast Michigan.

Preparing for the 2020 Election on Campus
Jon Fansmith and Mushtaq Gunja, dotEDU
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With the presidential election happening in a matter of weeks, college campuses should be alive with efforts to get out the vote. But with many campuses now online because of the coronavirus, those efforts are taking on a new look. 

Jonathan Alger, president of James Madison University, discusses civic democracy and engagement on campus and how JMU is approaching the 2020 election in light of the pandemic and the extreme partisanship that has gripped the country.

‘Human Work’
Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed
Why Does Community College Enrollment Look So Different This Year? COVID
Adria Watson and Kasturi Pananjady, The CT Mirror (Connecticut)
How Vermont Colleges Teamed Up for COVID Success
Matt Zalaznick, University Business 
Blog: Remote Learning Isn’t Going Away
Steven Mintz, Higher Ed Gamma
Barriers to Financial Aid for Homeless Youth Now Compounded by COVID-19, New Report Warns
Hugh T. Ferguson, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
Opinion: Digital Divide Holding Too Many Ohioans Back
K.L. Allen, The Cincinnati Enquirer
Developing and Recognizing Talent in a Fast-Changing World
Nathan Greenfield, University World News
Editorial: A Tale of Two Counties
Jamshid Damooei and Gerhard Apfelthaler, The Ventura Star
Who Owes the Most in Student Loans: New Data From the Fed
Sandy Baum and Adam Looney, Up Front
Where Trump and Biden Stand on Student Debt, College Costs
Josh Mitchell, The Wall Street Journal
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