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 23, 2020
On the Journey To and Through College, Location Matters
Audrey Williams June, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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The hurdles to earning a college degree are many—confusion about the application process, lack of academic preparation, and cost, to name just a few.

But another obstacle can be considered just as significant: geography. These charts take a closer look at the intersection of place and the pursuit and costs of a college degree.

Community Colleges Face Cuts If Congress Doesn’t Help
Iris Palmer, New America
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As Congress debates the stalled COVID-19 relief bill, community colleges are bracing for impending and serious state funding cuts. The only question is how badly the cuts—resulting from decreased tax revenues from the pandemic induced recession—will impact their budgets.

Many governors used CARES Act funding to close their higher education budget shortfalls in the spring, but without that funding, substantial cuts are coming. Worse, these cuts will aggravate existing resource inequities between community colleges across the country.

How Four Black New Orleans Residents Navigated College in a City of Stark Divides
Megan Sauer, Open Campus
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The disparities are striking. While 83 percent of white public-school students in New Orleans enrolled in college after high-school graduation, only 59 percent of Black public-school students did. Of those New Orleans students who do go to college, 91 percent of white students returned for the fall of their second year, compared with 68 percent of Black students.

Four Black New Orleans residents share their stories of navigating barriers to college and how they managed to return, sometimes decades later, to earn a degree. 

Podcast: Dreamers and Immigration Policy: Past, Present, Future
Jon Fansmith, Sarah Spreitzer, and Mushtaq Gunja, dotEDU 
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Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, filmmaker, and immigration rights activist, discusses the prospects of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in the United States, immigration policy in general, and what colleges and universities can do to help undocumented students who are living in limbo.

Opinion: What Higher Ed Could Learn From the Military
Bruce H. Lindsey and Judith Wilde, Inside Higher Ed
A College Says It’s Fighting Racism. Critics Say It’s Failing.
Elin Johnson, The Chronicle of Higher Education
IBM Partners With HBCUs to Diversify Quantum Computing Workforce
Sarah Wood, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Blog: A Different Theory of Economic Development
Matt Reed, Confessions of a Community College Dean
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