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 8, 2020
Higher Ed’s Most Successful Failure
Jamaal Abdul-alim, Washington Monthly Magazine
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In other industries, a new strategy that creates more products at a lower per-unit cost would be seen as a wild success. Not so, apparently, when it comes to American higher education.

Washington Monthly investigates why a proven reform to boost community college graduation rates can’t get traction.

For Some Students, Not Having Home WiFi Means Taking Classes From Their Cars
Scott Simon, NPR
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Alison Causey's commute to Somerset Community College ends at the campus parking lot. She opens her laptop and settles in for classes, all the while battling the Kentucky humidity. 

Somerset moved its classes online in March, but since some students didn't have access to WiFi at home, the school set up hot spots in its parking lots. For many students, that access has become a digital lifeline.

Causey shares her experience of attending community college in these unusual COVID-19-related conditions.  

#WhatsWorking: How to Build a More Just and Equitable Economy, the Ideas Are Flowing
Laura Aka, WorkingNation
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Thought leaders in education, business, workforce development, training programs, and more gathered last week for a Twitter chat to share strategies as Americans try to navigate their way back to the workplace.

At the heart of the discussion: how to build a more just and equitable economy that creates opportunities for all workers post-pandemic.

‘Our Biggest Fear’: What Outbreaks on Three Campuses Say About the Pandemic This Fall
Francie Diep, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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It is now clear that welcoming college students back to campuses for the fall semester can lead to COVID-19 outbreaks. Several institutions have reported more than 1,000 cases each. What lessons can colleges and their surrounding communities take from the past month?

Today's American Worker
Inquire Within
A New Front in America’s Pandemic: College Towns
Sarah Watson, Shawn Hubler, Danielle Ivory, and Robert Gebeloff, The New York Times
Tutoring, the New Work Perk
Derek Newton, Forbes
White Flight to the Bachelor’s Degree
Anthony P. Carnevale, Medium
Be Careful What You Wish For
Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed
Opinion: Pandemic Widens Educational Gaps in Arizona
Rich Nickel and Richard Daniel, Arizona Capitol Times
Essay: Fostering a Sense of Belonging in STEM
Kerstin M. Perez, Inside Higher Ed
Research: Indiana’s College 'Comebackers' a Worthy Investment
Mary Schuermann Kuhlman, Indiana Public News Service
Two Months and Counting for Second Chance
Jessica Brodkin Webb, The East County Californian
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