Top stories in higher ed for Thursday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
September 17, 2020
As Campuses Become COVID-19 Hot Spots, Colleges Strain Under Financial Pressures
Sam Briger, NPR
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As the fall semester begins at colleges and universities, students and administrators are facing unprecedented challenges. While some schools decided to offer all their courses online, others had ambitious plans to provide an in-person experience. Many have since reversed course on that decision.

In this interview, Scott Carlson of The Chronicle of Higher Education talks about the approach some schools are taking to the pandemic, the intense financial pressures many institutions face, and small college towns' reliance on students for their economy. 

Navigating the Work of the Future With LinkedIn and Microsoft
Lumina Foundation
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On Sept. 23 from 2-3 p.m. ET, Lumina Foundation will hold its second virtual convening on what it takes to make learning more accessible, equitable, and applicable. 
 
Joining the conversation will be Lumina's Jamie Merisotis and Chauncy Lennon, Karin Kimbrough of LinkedIn, and Microsoft's Naria Santa Lucia to discuss human work, labor market outcomes, credentials, and the digital skills needed in a COVID-19 economy.   
 
You can register for the event here.   

The Latest Crisis: Low-Income Students Are Dropping Out of College This Fall in Alarming Numbers
Heather Long and Danielle Douglas-Gabriel, The Washington Post
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In August, Paige McConnell became the first in her family to go to college—and the first to drop out. McConnell, 18, could not make online classes work. She spent hours in a McDonald’s parking lot using the fast-food chain’s Internet. Two weeks after starting at Roane State Community College, she gave up.

McConnell’s situation is playing out all over the country. As fall semester gets into full swing in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, schools are noticing a concerning trend: Low-income students are the most likely to drop out or not enroll at all, raising fears that they might never get a college degree. 

Podcast: Affordability and Access During the Pandemic
Paul Fain, The Key With Inside Higher Ed
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Community colleges and their students are wrestling with plenty of challenges this fall, including obstacles related to affordability, childcare, and the digital divide.

Two community college leaders—Sue Ellspermann of Indiana's Ivy Tech Community College and Margaret McMenamin of Union County College in New Jersey—weigh in on what their institutions are doing to help keep students on track.
 

Let’s Give a Kiss Goodbye to These 10 Pandemic-Endangered Practices
Goldie Blumenstyk, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Blog: What If Everything Is Online Forever?
Joshua Kim, Learning Innovation
Q&A With Higher Education Author Jeff Selingo: “Who Gets In & Why”
Owen Daugherty, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
Views: Fighting Patterns of Inequity
Yolanda Watson Spiva and Danette Howard, Inside Higher Ed
Podcast: Colleges Brace for Rising Anxiety and Depression Amid Pandemic
John Fensterwald and Louis Freedberg, EdSource (California)
Nudging and Shoving Students Toward Success
Philip Oreopoulos, EducationNext
Smithsonian Looks to California Community College for Latino Talent
Suzanne Potter, California Public News Service
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