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 14, 2020
No Home, No Wi-Fi: Pandemic Adds to Strain on Poor College Students
Dan Levin, The New York Times
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Trapped between the financial hardships of the pandemic and the technological hurdles of online learning, millions of low-income college students across the United States face mounting obstacles in their quests for higher education. Some have simply dropped out, while others are left scrambling to find housing and internet access amid campus closures and job losses.

“Every part of this pandemic is hitting low-income students hardest, and they were already in bad shape to begin with,” says Sara Goldrick-Rab of the Hope Center for College, Community and Justice at Temple University.

Time to Rebuild the Economy, Not Just Stimulate It
Frank Britt and Scott Pulsipher, The Hechinger Report
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A one-size-fits-all path that goes from high school to a four-year college degree to a lifelong career in one field simply isn’t the reality for most American workers anymore. 

In the wake of the pandemic, there is a clear need to reconfigure the education-to-work pipeline so that it aligns more effectively with today’s dynamic economy. What would such a program look like? And how can federal and state governments augment existing efforts with other policy changes to help create a better, more resilient future of work?

Podcast: Blurring the Lines of the University
Jeff Selingo and Michael Horn, Future U Podcast
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Southern New Hampshire University has skyrocketed to the top of largest higher education institutions over the past decade, with its president, Paul LeBlanc, leading it through a dramatic transformation.

LeBlanc talks about the perilous state of higher education, its importance for the nation and world, what COVID-19 and the recession will and won’t accelerate, and how the distinction between learning online and on campus may fade in the years to come.

College Recruiting of California Students Turns Virtual During Pandemic
Larry Gordon, EdSource
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In a normal year, northern California high school senior Alain Kanadjian would be touring college campuses, attending college fairs in gyms or convention centers, and meeting with college recruiters. All in person.

Instead, the college application and recruiting process—like classes at most high schools and universities—has switched to virtual connections. Enormous college fairs are being held online. Campus tours are virtual. And college representatives are visiting groups of high school students via Zoom.

COVID-19 Writes a Prescription for Change: Unbundling/Rebundling Learning
Holly Zanville and Van Ton-Quinlivan, The EvoLLLution
Higher Ed Institutions Step Up to Support Veteran, ROTC Students
Arrman Kyaw, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
College Students Face Higher Rates of Food Insecurity Than Average U.S. Household
Matthew J. Landry and Heather Eicher-Miller, Truthout
Strategies Colleges Used to Increase Enrollment This Fall
Matthew Dembicki, Community College Daily
Views: Co-Curricular Pathways Can Improve Retention
Terry Vaughan III, Inside Higher Ed
LEAP Tampa Bay Keeps College Completion Program Alive, Locally
Trimmel Gomes, Florida Public News Service
Buyer Beware: First-Year Earnings and Debt for 37,000 College Majors at 4,400 Institutions
Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce
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