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 29, 2020
‘It’s a Lot to Juggle’: College Students With Children Are Overwhelmed This School Year
Danielle Douglas-Gabriel, The Washington Post
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Colleges and universities have long struggled to meet the needs of the estimated 4.3 million undergraduates with children. Few have policies and facilities to support student parents and even those that do often find their resources stretched thin.

Advocates say schools and policymakers must prioritize this vulnerable population as the pandemic has laid bare the precarious nature of pursuing a degree while raising a family.

Campus Life Sans COVID: A Few Colleges Write the Playbook for Pandemic Success
Juan Perez Jr., Politico
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Some colleges are finding early success when it comes to keeping the coronavirus at bay. 

Each campus is different. COVID-19 is still a newly discovered pathogen. But a combination of low infection rates in communities that surround schools and multimillion-dollar pandemic management strategies appear to slash the opportunities for the disease to enter campus and fester among students and staff.

Even Amid COVID-19, Enrollment Soared at This University. Here’s Why.
Vimal Patel, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Five years ago, two administrators at Southern Utah University worked evenings calling hundreds of students who had dropped out to ask them why. After students repeatedly said they didn’t know where to go or who to talk to about their reasons for leaving, the administrators learned they needed to create more authentic relationships with students.

Leaders at Southern Utah spent the next five years doing just that, investing in outreach to students and their parents and creating peer mentoring programs to develop relationships with students even before they set foot on campus.

How Will COVID-19 Change Higher Education?
Arnie Sherman, Montana Public Radio
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What has been the real impact of COVID-19 on higher education? How will education adapt to the pandemic and the related recession? And can U.S. colleges and universities produce the skilled workforce that industries require? 

This episode of Can Do explores the current issues facing higher education and the innovations that might offer a brighter future.

Innovators Seek Zoom University 2.0
Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed
Improving College Exams During Remote Learning
Jill Barshay, The Hechinger Report
‘The Campus Color Line’
Emma Whitford, Inside Higher Ed
Group Presses Congress to Fund Program for Diversity in Teaching
Diane Bernard, Virginia Public News Service
SIU to Cover Tuition, Fees for Select New Students
Scott Marion, Alton Telegraph (Illinois)
Blog: What We Talk About When We Talk About Tuition
Matt Reed, Confessions of a Community College Dean
Webinar: Diversity in Community College Faculty and Leadership: Why It Matters
EdSource and Wheelhouse: The Center for Community College Leadership and Research
Webinar: How States and Systems Can Promote Adult Re-Enrollment and Completion at Scale
InsideTrack, National Governors Association, and Whiteboard Advisors
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