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.
August 29, 2017
Paying Former Gang Members to Go to College? This Program Does — and It Seems to Be Working.
Valerie Strauss, The Washington Post
Who would pay former gang members to help them go to college? A program called Boston Uncornered is doing just that—and for some of its students, it seems to be working.

The brainchild of College Bound Dorchester CEO Mark Culliton is designed not only to help the individuals but also to use education as a means to help those same people transform their own neighborhoods.
DACA Recipients’ Economic and Educational Gains Continue to Grow
Tom K. Wong, Greisa Martinez Rosas, Adam Luna, Henry Manning, Adrian Reyna, Patrick O’Shea, Center for American Progress
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According to the largest study of its kind to date, the economic and educational gains made by beneficiaries of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) continue to grow.  

The survey found that 45 percent of respondents currently are in school, with 72 percent pursuing a bachelor’s degree or higher. Among those in school, 94 percent said that, because of DACA, “I pursued educational opportunities that I previously could not.”

For-Profit Colleges Find Few Reasons to Lobby a Friendlier Education Dept.
Eric Kelderman, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Some of the nation's largest for-profit colleges have pulled back on their lobbying at the U.S. Department of Education and on Capitol Hill compared with previous years, according to figures compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics.

While the department is seen as far friendlier to the for-profit sector of higher education than it was under the Obama administration, there are two other big reasons that the companies are spending less time and money advocating there: Many of the Education Department’s top political appointments still remain unfilled, and little higher-education policy or legislation is being formulated.
The Twelve Most Innovative Colleges for Adult Learners
Joshua Alvarez, Washington Monthly
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The share of college students who are adults—defined as 25 years of age or older—is now about 40 percent. But most colleges haven’t adapted. For instance, they still schedule the majority of classes around midday, which is convenient for late-night-partying undergrads, rather than at night and on weekends, when grownups with jobs and families can actually attend them.

A few schools are working to fix this scenario.

Report: 15+ Hours of Work Per Week Can Hold Students Back
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
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A report from the ACT Center for Equity in Learning finds that working more than 15 hours per week can be detrimental to the academic success of college students. 

The students who work more than 15 hours per week also tend to be from underserved backgrounds, the report says, and consequently are less academically prepared than their peers. So, obstacles posed by busy work schedules can further set back students already behind. 

Everybody Works On Monday: State of the Local Job Market
Christina Cleveland, Aiken Standard (Ohio)
Why Female Students Leave STEM
Nick Roll, Inside Higher Ed
Rhode Island Pilots a Partnership for Combating Summer Melt
Andrew Bramson and Sara Enright, New England Journal of Higher Education
'Reverse Transfer' May Help Students Get Their Associate Degrees
Dave Thompson, Prairie Public News (North Dakota)
Brief Finds That Extended Foster Care Increases Educational Success
Marisol Zarate, The Chronicle of Social Change
Opinion: Writing the Next Chapter at CSU-Pueblo
Timothy Mottet, The Pueblo Chieftain
Essay: Earning a Degree to Go to Camp
James Bowring, Louise Ann Lyon and Quinn Burke, Inside Higher Ed
College Affordability Program Expanded After Only 100 Enroll
Katie Lannan, Lowell Sun (Massachusetts)
College of the Ozarks Maintains Debt-Free Philosophy
Emily Younker, The Joplin Globe (Missouri)