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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.
September 4, 2020
‘A Shelter in the Time of Storm’: When On Campus Is Safer Than Online
Kelly Field, The Christian Science Monitor
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Roslyn Artis, president of a historically Black college, is acutely aware of the health challenges of reopening during a pandemic. She has implemented precautions to protect staff and students in recent weeks, spending tens of thousands of dollars to do so.

But as Artis sees it, there are risks in remaining fully remote, too. College often provides more than just a place to study and socialize. For students of color living with the twin threats of racism and a pandemic, it plays an additional role: a safe space.

The Death and Life of a Scholarship Database
Rebecca Koenig, EdSurge
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In the 1970s, Gail Schlachter applied her research skills to meet a growing need: helping women find scholarships for college.

When she died, she left behind a meticulous database. Can it become a useful tool for college access in the internet age?

The Low-Cost Steps the Government Could Take Right Now to Ease Hunger and Homelessness on College Campuses
Abigail Seldin and Alice Yao, The Hechinger Report
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Every day brings another round of headlines about the struggles of the nation’s colleges to adapt to the coronavirus pandemic. But outside the spotlight, millions of students are asking themselves one pressing question: Will I have enough money to buy groceries and pay rent in September?

Food and housing insecurity among college students isn’t new, but it has been exacerbated by the pandemic and accompanying economic calamity. One potential way to help: the creation of an "Office of Basic Needs" by the U.S. Department of Education.

A Discussion on Race, Learning, and Culture With the Smithsonian
Lumina Foundation
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On Sept. 10 from 2-3 p.m. ET, Lumina Foundation will hold its first virtual convening with a roundtable discussion on race, learning, and culture in higher education.

Leaders from Lumina and the Smithsonian Latino Center will offer insight on the systemic and institutional barriers that often undermine college access and success for Latino students and what actions can be taken to ensure a more equitable future.

You can register for the event here.

Why STEM Needs to Focus on Social Justice
Daniel Block, Washington Monthly
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Millard McElwee, a PhD student at UC Berkeley, has a dream: He aims to become one of America’s relatively few Black engineering professors. He currently dedicates his time to quantifying how natural disasters impact communities of color. 

McElwee’s work fits into a broader trend among Black people in STEM fields. According to experts, scientists of color are more likely than their white peers to work on problems with a clear relationship to issues of equity. 

College Activists Aren’t Backing Down
The Chronicle of Higher Education
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This summer, protests broke out across the country and even the globe over the killing of George Floyd by police officers in Minneapolis.

As the fall approaches, student protesters are contemplating how to bring that activist energy to campus. Compounding the challenge is, of course, the uncertainty of the COVID-19-era college, where much learning is remote and where large gatherings present a new kind of risk.

In this interview, students from across the political spectrum discuss campus politics in a pandemic.

Between COVID-19 and Layoffs, Schools May Not Have Enough Teachers to Get Through the Year
Bracey Harris and Neal Morton, The Hechinger Report/USA Today
Five Lessons From a Race-and-Ethnicity Requirement
Whitney Peoples and Angela D. Dillard, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Next COVID Stimulus Must Do Better By MSIs
Alejandra Acosta, New America
Tennessee's Data-Driven Approach Helping Students Complete College
Nadia Ramlagan, Tennessee Public News Service
Mapping a Future
AACC 21st Century Center
Leaders in Educating the Incarcerated, But Underfunded
Ellie Ashford, Community College Daily
Free College for All?
Roxanne Patel Shepelavy, The Philadelphia Citizen (Pennsylvania)
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