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September 25, 2020
A First Look at Fall Enrollment Shows a 2.5% Dip Among Undergraduates
Audrey Williams June, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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How have college enrollments fared in the middle of a pandemic? A new report provides an early look, with data showing a 2.5-percent dip in undergraduate attendance this fall.

The preliminary data, which reflect enrollments as of September 10, reveal that undergraduate enrollments at all types of institutions have declined, compared with the same time last fall. Community colleges fared the worst, with a decline of 7.5 percent.

How Maine’s Colby College Is Striving to Keep COVID-19 Under Control
Jeffrey Brown and Gretchen Frazee, PBS NewsHour
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While many college classes across the country remain online-only, others are seeing a spike in COVID-19 cases after students return to campus.

But one school in Maine is aiming to buck the trend by managing the virus through a robust testing and tracing plan.

The Age of Education as a Benefit Package: Marketing Experiential Pathways for Learners to the Workforce
Elvin Freytes and Joe Sallustio, The EvoLLLution
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With COVID-19 creating havoc on the economy, more workers are looking for affordable ways to gain new skills so they can quickly and efficiently enter today's changing job market.  

In this interview, Brandon Busteed of Kaplan University Partners talks about the current enrollment decline, how to market experiential learning, and the importance of creating seamless pathways from education into the workforce. 

Next CSU President Pledges to Improve Graduation Rates, Despite the Pandemic
Ashley A. Smith, EdSource
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The new California State University chancellor will take over the nation’s largest public university’s helm at a precarious time, but that’s one reason why Fresno State President Joseph I. Castro wanted the job.

Castro, a grandson of Mexican immigrants, will become CSU’s first chancellor of color and first native Californian to hold the position when he takes over in January.

He explains his plans for the future in this interview.

Take Three Classes and Utah State University Guarantees Your Admission in New Policy
Sara Weissman, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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Utah State University announced a new admissions policy this week aimed at increasing access for students who lack the grades or test scores to normally be considered. The Earned Admission program will guarantee first-year applicants a spot at the university if they pass three self-paced courses in English, math, and study skills.

The goal is to give students an alternate way to show their college readiness, plus an academic boost ahead of enrollment.

How COVID Could Impact Transfer
Madeline St. Amour, Inside Higher Ed
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The pandemic and ensuing recession leave higher education with more questions than answers on the transfer front. On the one hand, experts say, colleges need to work together to survive. On the other hand, some smaller four-year colleges are just struggling to survive, which could breed more competition than collaboration.

Hitting Close to Home
Marjorie Valbrun, Inside Higher Ed
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Larry E. Davis, Inside Higher Ed
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Judith Scott-Clayton, The Mixed Methods Blog
Most and Least Educated States
Grant Suneson and Samuel Stebbins, 24/7 Wall St.
Virtual Forum: What Employers Want
The Chronicle of Higher Education
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