Top stories in higher ed for Monday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
September 21, 2020
Photo: Tom Grillo
Community Colleges Can Be Engines of Economic Recovery
David Deming, The New York Times
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Millions of laid-off American workers need new careers, yet the United States gives much less assistance to job seekers than most other countries.

Community colleges could bridge the gap, partnering with employers and innovators in the private sector to train workers for careers that meet local needs and pay middle-class wages. But they need proper funding and innovation.

COVID-19 Pushes RAs to the Breaking Point: Some Are Striking. Others Quit.
Katherine Mangan, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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This fall, the already-heavy load on resident advisers (RAs)—typically 19- to 21-year-olds with a few weeks of training—is becoming unbearable for a growing number of them on campuses across the country.

The life-or-death stakes of the pandemic have pushed some to strike and others to quit, threatening the public-health measures at colleges that rely heavily on RAs to enforce the rules.

A College President Worries About ‘a Drastic and Unwanted Turn in How the World Perceives America’
Margee M. Ensign, The Hechinger Report
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America, the world leader in higher education, stands at the precipice of losing the economic, intellectual, and cultural contributions international students bring to our society and its college and university communities. This trend also is a harbinger of this country’s loss of soft power around the world.

In this opinion piece, the president of Dickinson College explains why losing international students is a huge blow to higher education.

Pandemic Semester: A Conversation With Student Journalists, Leaders
Dorey Scheimer and Jane Clayson, WBUR
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On this episode of NPR's On Point, student and campus leaders discuss how the pandemic and remote learning have heightened inequities among students, what Black college students are doing to deal with a country in crisis while in class, and why so many institutions decided to reopen in-person, despite the risks.

Approaches to January
Lilah Burke, Inside Higher Ed
Blog: The Blockchain Future of Higher Ed
Ray Schroeder, Online: Trending Now
Which U.S. Colleges Are the Most Diverse?
Melissa Korn, The Wall Street Journal
The US Has a 'Racial Tech Gap' Problem, Deutsche Bank Study Shows
David Brancaccio, Candace Manriquez Wrenn, and Daniel Shin, Marketplace
Ginsburg Was Advocate for Equity
Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed
Four Steps to Improving College Access
Angel Pérez, Education Dive
Long Testifies on FAFSA Before Senate Committee
Harvard Graduate School of Education
Commentary: NVU’s New College-Employer Collaboration
Elaine Collins, VTDigger (Vermont)
Lawn Games, Anyone?
Elizabeth Redden, Insider Higher Ed
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