Top stories in higher ed for Monday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
October 19, 2020
COVID Is Pushing These College Students to Drop Out. That Could Devastate the Economy and Their Lives.
Lindsay Schnell, USA Today
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As the coronavirus pandemic continues to upend normalcy and infect Americans, college students of every level are trying to adjust to virtual learning and socially distanced schools. 

But the virus and the ensuing recession have taken a particularly hard toll on community college students like Jasmine Justice. They’re often older, balancing school and full-time work. Many are single parents. Statistically, they’re often the first in their family to pursue postsecondary education and likely to come from a lower socioeconomic bracket—which impacts access to distance learning necessities like high-speed internet. 

Financial Aid officials Share How They're Advising College Students Now
Jeremy Bauer-Wolf, Education Dive
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The clock turned over on the financial aid calendar with the launch of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) earlier this month. With fall enrollment tracking far below last year's numbers, ensuring students are aware of their aid options is critical as the pandemic persists.

Several financial aid experts offer their thoughts on guiding students and families through a process made more complex by COVID-19.

Embedding a Manufacturing Certification Helps Make College Grads More Marketable
Jeff Ryder, WorkingNation
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Automation has eliminated many low-skill manufacturing jobs. But it has created new and growing opportunities in which higher levels of skill and education are required. However, there may not be enough workers to fill those jobs.

One way to help close the gap is by incorporating viable industry certifications into existing college degree programs. An Ohio University program is doing just that. 

Winter Is Coming
Lilah Burke, Inside Higher Ed
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As colder weather creeps into some parts of the country, experts warn of increased spread of COVID-19 throughout the country and on college campuses.

David Vlahov, an epidemiologist and professor at Yale University School of Nursing, says it will be important for colleges to test students upon arrival, provide training sessions on symptoms and expectations, and issue clear penalties for breaking guidelines.

Credit and Noncredit Programs Need to Be Aligned
Ellie Ashford, Community College Daily
Pandemic Boosts Fundraising at Community Colleges
Madeline St. Amour, Inside Higher Ed
A More Unified Community College
Education Strategy Group
Webinar: The PLA Boost: Results From a 72-Institution Targeted Study of Prior Learning Assessment and Adult Student Outcomes
Council for Adult and Experiential Learning and the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education
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