Top stories in higher ed for Friday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
September 11, 2020
How Community Colleges Are Serving the Most Vulnerable
Madeline St. Amour, Inside Higher Ed
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Cerritos College was Sunny Saldana's life before the pandemic hit. From 8 a.m. until 7 p.m., the 29-year-old mother could be found at her job on campus or studying. When the campus closed because of COVID-19, support and aid from the school kept her on track to graduate.

Community colleges have a long history of helping some of today's most vulnerable students weather life-changing circumstances. The pandemic was no exception. Two-year institutions worked quickly to keep learning intact, pivoting to drive-through food banks and community partnerships.

Photo: Julianna Brion
Lifelong Learning: Adapting the Institution for Future Sustainability
Joe Sallustio and Elizabeth Leiva, The EvoLLLution
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In this interview, Grand Valley State University's Philomena Mantella discusses her role as president during a pandemic, the importance of digital engagement, and the decision-making behind rolling out specific programs that provide a return on investment for students and employers alike.

Inside a Private University's Decision to Create a Two-Year College
Natalie Schwartz, Education Dive
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Drake University, in Iowa, is wading into new territory. The private institution announced last week that it plans to create a new college that offers two-year degrees. 

Learning will be project-based to teach students real-world skills such as teamwork and leadership. Craig Owens, a Drake professor, will serve as dean of the new college.

Owens describes John Dee Bright College and its goals in this Q&A. 

Whitmer Thanks Michigan COVID Essential Workers With Free Community College
Riley Beggin, Paula Gardner, and Ron French, Bridge Michigan
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A new program first announced by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in April and formalized yesterday will provide tuition-free community college for an estimated 625,000 frontline workers in Michigan.

Inspired by the GI Bill, the "Futures for Frontliners" effort targets adults without high school diplomas or college degrees who provided essential services during the height of the pandemic.

What Will the Workforce Look Like for Gen Z?
Micah Castelo, EdTech Magazine: Focus on Higher Education
Opinion: Pandemic Requires Partnerships Like Never Before
Shirley M. Collado and Svante Myrick, The Hill
Report Finds Disparities Among Students Earning Paid Internships
Sarah Wood, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Bumphus Receives ACE Diversity Leadership Award
Matthew Dembicki, Community College Daily
Diversity Without Dollars
Megan Zahneis, The Chronicle of Higher Education
U Gets an F for Low Black, Latino Student Enrollment in New Report
Rilyn Eischens, The Owatonna People's Press (Minnesota)
College Coronavirus Testing Varies by System, Campus
Mikhail Zinshteyn, Felicia Mello, and Kimberly Morales, CalMatters (California)
Using Tech to Boost the Value of Higher Education During COVID-19
Tim Klein and Belle Liang, EdTech Magazine: Focus on Higher Education
Mental Health Needs Rise With Pandemic
Greta Anderson, Inside Higher Ed
Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Congress Should Give Colleges a Lifeline in Next Stimulus
Alejandra Acosta, Wesley Whistle, and Anne Ridenhour, New America
Following CARES Act Unemployment Benefits Expiration, Options Remain for Working Students
Rachel Gentry, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
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