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 18, 2020
Quarantine on a College Campus
Natasha Singer, The New York Times
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Early in the pandemic, nursing homes, jails, and meatpacking plants were the sites of coronavirus outbreaks across the country. Now, as some students return to campuses for the fall semester, the new hot spots are colleges and universities. 

One student’s story illustrates the issues with reopening.

College Life, Pandemic Style
Tiziana Dearing and Chris Citorik, WBUR
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The coronavirus has disrupted every facet of college, from the admissions process to the way professors teach. But more than upending normal college functions, the pandemic has accelerated and worsened existing equity gaps in higher education.

With the college semester now in full swing, students at three different universities in Massachusetts describe the highs and lows of their college experience during COVID-19—plus the kinds of support that can make a big difference.  

Why Black Student Parents Are at the Epicenter of the Student Debt Crisis—and What We Can Do About It
Nicole Lynn Lewis, The Hechinger Report
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Black parents hold more student debt than parents or nonparents of any other racial or ethnic group. According to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, Black students who are raising children borrow an average of $18,100 for college, compared with an average of $13,500 among all students.

In this opinion piece, the founder of Generation Hope talks about solutions to the student debt crisis—and how they must address the unique needs of student parents, as well as the racial inequities that disproportionately burden Black parents. 

For Some Chicago High School Students, Remote Learning Brings a New School Struggle: Motivation
Yana Kunichoff, Chalkbeat Chicago
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Darius, Trinity, and Julissa are three high school students at George Washington High School in South Chicago. They are all active and engaged students. They play sports. They are excited about participating in the rigorous International Baccalaureate program offered at their school.

But they’ve also struggled with the transition to remote learning.  

Colleges Scrap Spring Break to Limit Coronavirus Spread
Hallie Busta, Education Dive
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As college leaders look ahead to the spring term, several are announcing plans to cancel spring break. The decisions continue a trend of institutions adjusting their academic calendars to reduce travel to and from campus.

Experts agree what happens after January 1 depends largely on how well colleges can manage outbreaks on their campuses this fall. Several institutions have had to move classes online or send students home because of an uptick in cases.

A Last Push for Simplicity
Kery Murakami, Inside Higher Ed
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As he nears retirement, Senator Lamar Alexander, the chair of the Senate education committee, is making a final push to bring about what he’s been trying to do for at least seven years: simplifying the form students have to fill out to get federal financial aid for college.

This time, he might get it.

Factory Workers Stay Home to Watch Their Children
Austen Hufford, The Wall Street Journal
Opinion: Incorporating Experiential Learning Programs in Higher Ed
David Comisford, University Business Magazine
Report Details Framework for Gathering Data on Higher Ed in Prison
Lois Elfman, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Three Takeaways From the Appeal of the Harvard Admissions Lawsuit
Nell Gluckman, The Chronicle of Higher Education
The Nuances of the Free College Debate
Kery Murakami, Inside Higher Ed
The College Money Crisis
David Leonhardt, The New York Times
Tribal Colleges Face Multiple Challenges in Economic Wake of COVID
Eric Galatas, Colorado Public News Service
Roadmap for Change: Reimagining U.S. Higher Education as a Public Good
National Association for College Admission Counseling
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