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Working Together to Address the COVID-19 Crisis

The Pandemic Unveils Harsh Realities

July 29, 2020
As the economic and social effects of the COVID-19 pandemic reverberate across the nation into our homes, federal lawmakers are providing financial relief to help restart the economy as states scramble to create jobs and deploy resources to guard against further job losses and budget cuts. Lumina Foundation believes recovery begins with serving today’s students…
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#Real College During the Pandemic

New Evidence on Basic Needs Insecurity and Students’ Well-Being

June 26, 2020
The data come from an electronic survey completed by 38,602 students attending 54 colleges and universities in 26 states, including 39 two-year colleges and 15 four-year colleges and universities. While the survey response rate was 6.7%, it nevertheless represents an uncommonly large multiinstitutional student sample; perhaps the largest thus far during the pandemic.
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Student Experiences During the Pandemic Pivot

Recommendations from Ithaka S+R

June 25, 2020
Some of the key challenges that college students faced this spring due to the pandemic were often those they faced long before the pandemic, says a report from Ithaka S+R. This includes balancing school, work, and home responsibilities. The survey findings represent the experiences and needs of more than 15,000 students.
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Transfer Pathways to Independent Colleges

Strategies for Improving Community College Transfer-In and Bachelor’s Degree Completion in the Private Sector

June 11, 2020
A new report from Ithaka S+R explores how to improve transfer pathways between community colleges and nonprofit private four-year institutions.
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How Can We Improve Teaching in Higher Education?

Learning From CUNY Start

May 19, 2020
Despite the growing evidence on promising approaches to postsecondary instruction—and particularly on the benefits of student-centered, conceptually oriented instruction for underprepared students—there has been limited investment in supporting these approaches’ widespread implementation. Most postsecondary instructors have limited training in pedagogy, and broad-access colleges have relatively few resources to invest in improving instruction and building high-quality…
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Building on the GED

Promising Results From a Bridge-to-College Model

May 18, 2020
Bridge-to-college programs aim to help people complete high school and enroll in postsecondary education—two milestones that increase access to economic opportunity. This report breaks down the impact, implementation, and costs of a bridge-to-college program at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College.
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Students Speak Their Truth About Transfer

What They Need to Get Through the Gate

May 18, 2020
What do students say they need to make it through the transfer gate? In the study’s second phase, surveys and interviews with over 800 students across 31 California Community Colleges reveal that transfer students need colleges and universities to provide a more holistic and integrated approach to ensure they reach their goals: a bachelor’s degree…
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National Student-Parent Survey Results and Recommendations

Uncovering the Student-Parent Experience and Its Impact on College Success

May 12, 2020
This report identifies gaps for student parents in campus culture, policies, physical space and student services. The study also shares recommendations to support colleges and universities in increasing college completion rates of parenting students, who represent 1 in 5 undergraduate college students nationwide.
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Parenting While in College

Basic Needs Insecurity Among Students With Children

May 12, 2020
At least one in five of today’s college students is parenting a child while enrolled in classes. If these parenting students complete their degrees, both they and their children could expect improved social, economic, and health outcomes. Nevertheless, degree attainment rates among parenting students are low, and evidence about their experiences—which is critical to improving…
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Hungry to Win

A First Look at Food and Housing Insecurity Among Student-Athletes

April 23, 2020
A new survey from The Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice documents incidents of food and housing insecurity, even homelessness, among student-athletes. Two-year college athletes are more likely to experience food insecurity and homelessness than athletes at four-year colleges and universities, the survey says. More than 3,506 student-athletes participated in the survey.
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