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Are colleges finally going to start training students for the workforce?

As record numbers of Americans lose their jobs because of the coronavirus pandemic, Kathleen Perlmutter has been desperately trying to turn out enough graduates to fill a critical shortage of workers. Perlmutter trains phlebotomists, the people who draw blood in hospitals and clinics, for which demand is surging and will increase by double-digit percentages over the next few years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics — with or without a recession.

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A college where the graduation rate for black students has been zero percent — for years

Alexis Turner listened carefully as the administrators at the freshman orientation for Kent State University at Ashtabula ticked through the student groups she could join on campus that fall: English Society, Psychology Club, Student Veterans Association. She left the auditorium apprehensive. There was no Black Student Union, Latino Student Union or Multicultural Society.

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Choosing pass/fail grades may help college students now, but could cost them later

Almost as soon as students fled their universities and colleges ahead of the coronavirus lockdowns, petitions started flying back. This story also appeared in PBS Newshour In the midst of such disruption — with hastily prepared classes delivered remotely, and without professors’ office hours, libraries or advisors — students were demanding the option to pass […]