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July 10, 2020

College enrollment could very well go up this fall—yes up!—but the system is still broken and we urgently need to fix these five areas

Student at desk writing

By Jamie Merisotis

Since the pandemic gained steam back in March, the drumbeat of stories about higher education’s impending demise has been nonstop. It’s true that some schools will be losers in the battle for students and resources. But don’t be surprised if overall enrollment, one of the sector’s most watched vital signs, doesn’t take a surprising turn this fall.

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July 2, 2020

How to Build a Post-Pandemic America

By Jamie Merisotis and Jesse O'Connell

The Works Progress Administration (WPA), a federal agency created in 1935 to address the nation’s then-worst economic catastrophe, is getting a fresh look as we think about how to help millions of Americans left jobless in the pandemic.

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June 19, 2020

Hoosier leaders must act to curb racial injustice by creating real opportunity through higher learning

George Floyd memorial mural painted on wall of cup foods where Floyd was arrested. Mourners gather in a circle. The ground is covered with notes, candles, and flowers.

By Jamie Merisotis

The killing of George Floyd at the hands of those sworn to protect and serve has awakened many Hoosiers to the fact that the racial discrimination we had hoped was a thing of the past still infects every facet of our society. We see it in policing and criminal justice, in a disproportionately high death rate from COVID-19 among African Americans, and in unemployment rates among people of color that have been exacerbated by the pandemic.

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May 21, 2020

The gap year fantasy

By Jamie Merisotis

The uncertainty and anxiety that COVID-19 has wrought on college students and higher education institutions has generated a flurry of articles and conversations about students taking “gap years” as a way to bridge the learning challenge that the virus presents.

But the reality is that this option is a fantasy for the vast majority of students, a distraction from the enormous challenges ahead for those students and their schools.

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