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 24, 2020
This College Is Responding to an Often-Ignored Population: Working Adults
Danielle Douglas-Gabriel, The Washington Post
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Before the public health crisis leveled the economy, employer-paid tuition programs were evolving from recruitment tools for college-educated candidates eyeing an MBA to a path for working-class employees to gain a foothold in higher education.

The recession could threaten that momentum if companies continue to shed jobs or curtail benefits. But Michael Sorrell, president of Paul Quinn College in Dallas, is making a calculated bet on the longevity of a movement that serves an often-ignored population of potential students: working adults.

Podcast: A Model to Watch
Paul Fain, The Key With Inside Higher Ed
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The College of Health Care Professions is the largest producer of allied health graduates in Texas. Most of its students are Latino, Black, and from lower-income backgrounds.

Eric Bing, CHCP's CEO, discusses how the college and its students are holding up during the pandemic, how the school designed its credentials to be stackable, and what higher education can do to better serve today's students. 

During a Pandemic, Can College Be … Fun?
Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge
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In normal times, a signature feature of college life is parties—often immortalized in so many Hollywood films where students let loose, meet others, and find out who they are. But this fall, as colleges try to stay open during the COVID-19 pandemic, those very parties may be the biggest threat to keeping education going.

So, what’s left of campus life for students to enjoy at a time of social isolation? And how are professors coping?

From the Fields to the Classroom: Inside the Lives of U.S. Agriculture's Youngest Workers
Didi Martinez, Gabe Gutierrez, Christine Romo, and Nicole Suarez, NBC News
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For the past year, Jimena and Leslie Aguilar have worked in the agricultural fields eight hours a day, five days a week. They are among an estimated 400,000 to 500,000 child laborers who harvest the country's produce.

Experts say this work has affected a generation of children whose lives revolve around the fields—and who struggle to get educations. The Aguilar sisters work 40 hours a week, but they're also high school students, squeezing their homework into late-night study sessions and grabbing naps when they can. On many nights, they go without sleep at all.

New Program Could Get Baton Rouge Students Jobs Right Out of High School; Here's How It Works
Charles Lussier, The Advocate
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Unlike other early college programs that have popped up across Louisiana in recent years, a new program known as the Early College Academy is zeroing in on specific, high-demand, higher-paying job fields. Its goal is to allow all those who complete the program to walk out of high school and walk right into a job.

Between the Pandemic and Budget Cuts, UNLV's New President Has A Lot to Tackle
Rachel Christiansen, Nevada Public Radio
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Keith Whitfield took over as president of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas on August 24. He’s the university’s 11th permanent president, and the first Black president in the institution's 63-year history.

And he’s coming to UNLV at one of the toughest times in school history.

Admissions Concerns in the COVID-19 Era Center on Colleges’ Survival
Goldie Blumenstyk, The Chronicle of Higher Education
The Rise of Dual Credit
Kelly Field, EducationNext
Can We Judge Colleges by Their Success at Encouraging Grit?
Ronald S. Rochon, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
ULM and LDCC Sign Off on 'Bridge the Bayou' Program
Alexis Bellamy, KNOE (Louisiana)
The Benefits of Free College
Wesley Whistle, Forbes
Commentary: It’s Time for Consumer Rights for College Tuition
Bahar Akman Imboden and James Toscano, WGBH News
Focusing on Student Veterans' Strengths
Madeline St. Amour, Inside Higher Ed
Community Colleges: Front and Center in Biden’s Plan
Matthew Dembicki, Community College Daily
Webinar: Diversity in Community College Faculty and Leadership: Why It Matters
EdSource and Wheelhouse: The Center for Community College Leadership and Research
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