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.
September 16, 2020
'I'm Hungry All the Time': How Hunger Has Reached Crisis Level on College Campuses
Soledad O'Brien, Yahoo Life
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When Isabella Moles started classes at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, she was a star student. She had two jobs and a car. Scholarship money from the school provided a temporary resolution to her most vexing problem: food and housing costs she couldn’t afford because of rising tuition and inadequate financial aid. Then came the coronavirus.

Ever since the pandemic began closing down most American colleges, more financially struggling students are left with no place to live or eat. 

College President Moves In Next to Students
Emma Whitford, Inside Higher Ed
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Twice a day, every day, Linda LeMura walks through a neighborhood near a college campus in Syracuse, New York. She knocks on the door of every student residence to ask how the semester is going so far.

LeMura is the president of Le Moyne College. She's also the students' neighbor. She moved into a house near campus to make sure students follow the college’s new COVID-19 precautions. So far, it seems to be working.

This Unusual Charleston College Produces Educated Artisans 
Jeffrey Brown, PBS NewsHour
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As colleges start classes in new ways, online, in-person, or a hybrid, a familiar question is being asked again: Is college worth it? Are there jobs on the other end? And other questions: Do you remember shop class? Do you know how to make anything with your own hands?

A four-year college in Charleston, South Carolina, is connecting those dots—and teaching traditional skills to carry students through life.

A First-Look at Progress of Guided Pathways
Mattew Dembicki, Community College Daily
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A college reform movement may be gaining ground, but there's still much room for improvement. 

A new report provides the first national baseline data on student and faculty perceptions of guided pathways practices. While guided pathways work is underway at a growing number of campuses, it is too early for most colleges to see significant change, according to the report. But improvement in engagement is one early indicator.

How Higher Education Can Support Local Ecosystems of Innovation
Alexander Kolokotronis and Onyeka Obiocha, Stanford Social Innovation Review
Blog: In Praise of American Higher Education
John Kroger, Leadership in Higher Education
A Separate and Unequal System of College Admissions
Anthony Abraham Jack, The New York Times
Blog: Advancing Equity Post-Pandemic
Steven Mintz, Higher Ed Gamma
Commentary: Land-Grant Mission Tailor-Made for Boosting Post-Pandemic Recovery
Suresh Garimella, New England Journal of Higher Education
Increasing Community College Transfers: Progress and Barriers
The Public Policy Institute of California
Moving HOPE Forward Into the 21st Century
The Georgia Budget and Policy Institute
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