Top stories in higher ed for Tuesday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
September 22, 2020
A Tool to Inform Too Often Confuses
Michael Vasquez, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Most colleges with students on campus have created online COVID-19 dashboards to provide, at least in theory, a straightforward, at-a-glance summary of coronavirus outbreaks. 

But their usefulness varies widely. There's no uniform standard for how much information colleges should disclose, and how often. 

Will the Pandemic Stall the Free College Movement?
Natalie Schwartz, Education Dive
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The free college movement was picking up steam before the pandemic hit the United States. Sixteen states have enacted free college programs, and several others offer extensive scholarship initiatives.

But the economic turmoil may dampen some of that activity. At least one state has already pared back its free college program and another warned students it may have to do the same because of pandemic-related budget challenges.

New Federal Survey Data Show the Pandemic Has Hit Would-Be College Students Hard
Clare McCann, New America
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Predictions for the effects of the pandemic on students enrolled in education after high school were grim from the outset—and new survey data from the U.S. Census Bureau confirm that many students, particularly the most vulnerable ones, are struggling right now to continue their education.

Higher Ed Remembers Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Walter Hudson, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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The death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the age of 87 dealt a stinging blow to higher education, which looked to Ginsburg as a progressive voice on the high court who could be counted on to champion equity issues.

From affirmative action to protecting LGBTQ+ people against employment discrimination under Title VII, Ginsburg had been a trusted liberal justice on the court and a symbol for gender equity.

The Virus That Opened the Floodgates to Change
Holly Zanville and Mary Walshok, The EvoLLLution
A Long-Term Bet on Employer-Assisted Tuition Programs
Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed
Report Focuses on Improving the Mental Health of Students of Color
Arrman Kyaw, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Still Fighting for Equity, Helping Students Achieve
Joan Mooney, Community College Daily
In Wake of Pandemic, Student Groups Raise Aid for Peers in Need
Hugh T. Ferguson, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
Five Ways Open Educational Resources Can Help Students Succeed This Fall
Lindsey Gumb, New England Journal of Higher Education
Community Colleges Can Help Drive Economic Recovery
Nadia Ramlagan, Tennessee Public News Service
Virtual Forum: Student Success in the Pandemic Era
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Webinar: How to Remake Higher Education
New America and Washington Monthly 
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