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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 10, 2020
Is This College? Students and Professors Reflect on a 'Weird' First Week of Classes
Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge
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College classes are back in session around the country, or at least something that resembles them. At Purdue University, for instance, officials spent the summer installing five miles of plexiglass barriers in classrooms and other spaces on campus. They bought a million face masks. And they touted the "Protect Purdue Pledge" that everyone had to agree to.

On this podcast, several professors and students describe their classes during the first week of this pandemic semester.

Her School Offered a Path to the Middle Class. Will COVID-19 Block It?
Paul Tough, The New York Times
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Students at Richmond Hill, a public high school in central Queens, don’t come from privileged backgrounds. They are mostly immigrants or the children of immigrants. Eighty-two percent of them meet the federal definition of economic disadvantage, and 22 percent speak a language other than English at home. 

Bianca Argueta, a Richmond Hill graduate, aspired for something more when it came to college. Then the pandemic happened. 

The Rise Prize: Fostering Innovation to Support Student Parents
Imaginable Futures
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The Rise Prize is designed to raise awareness about student parents—and to accelerate solutions that address their postsecondary success, economic mobility, and well-being.

Using information from 300-plus Rise Prize applicants, a new report provides insight on solutions that currently exist—and opportunities that remain—to support and lift up student parents.

Campaign Focuses on Educator Experiences During COVID-19 Pandemic
Sarah Wood, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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The Center for American Progress and EduColor have teamed up to launch the #WeBuildEDU campaign in an effort to discuss ways to reduce further learning disruptions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As part of the campaign, educators of color are detailing their experiences with school shutdowns at the start of the pandemic, discussing ways in which their teaching changed, and suggesting how schools might look to better serve all students moving forward.

A New Deal for Higher Education?
Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed
Podcast: Who Gets In and Why?
Michael Horn, Future U Podcast
Panel Brings Together Experts to Provide Policy Recommendations for Increased Accountability in Higher Education
Owen Daugherty, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
Lessons From Michigan’s Hot 50 Jobs
Lou Glazer, Michigan Future, Inc.
Protection and the Unseen
National Student Legal Defense Network
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