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Today’s students are different … so why isn’t financial aid?

May 16, 2019

If you’re like most Americans, when you hear the term “college student,” a picture comes to mind: A young person — late teens or early 20s — walking across a leaf-strewn quad with a backpack slung across one shoulder. It’s an evocative image — iconic, even.

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Adults hold the key to increasing national attainment numbers

May 14, 2019

As a kid, I loved numbers. I loved the certainty they provided when counting items and comparing groups. Even today, my love for numbers – and data, more broadly – has not wavered. Numbers tell where you stand: good or bad. They can be a cause for celebration or a call to action. As an adult, I work with my colleagues at Lumina Foundation to increase the nation’s attainment numbers.

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It’s what you know and how you apply it that matter … not whether you sat through the class

May 13, 2019

Competency-based education programs are growing in popularity and are seen by schools as an important way to reach adult learners and emphasize job readiness among graduates, a new study shows.

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Podcast: Students feel the pain when for-profit colleges close

May 07, 2019

Closing a college should be relatively easy—painful and emotional, yes, but it can be done responsibly. Yet often, especially in the world of for-profit schools, it’s not.

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Don’t lose your mind over ‘brain drain’ - focus on creating talent

May 06, 2019

A new report documents the mobility of highly educated people in the United States, offering a grim new portrait of how such movement affects communities.

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Panel of ‘today’s students’ speak their truth to college experts

May 01, 2019

University of Michigan students looking for help with their finances ended up helping themselves—with a crowd-sourced book on making it through college on a budget.

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New Program To Help Former Students Eliminate Debt While Finishing Degrees and Certificates

April 30, 2019

Today, the Detroit Regional Chamber with higher education institution partners Henry Ford College (HFC), Oakland University (OU), and Wayne State University (WSU) announced an innovative new program that will remove a primary barrier to degree completion for thousands of adults in the Detroit region.

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Forgiving small student debts can have a huge impact

April 30, 2019

We’re used to thinking of America’s student loan debt in terms of its colossal aggregate—more than $1.4 trillion, a figure that exceeds even our ballooning credit card debt and increasingly animates political debate.

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Keynote: Race, wealth and attainment linked, says Brookings scholar

April 30, 2019

Race, property, college debt—they all intersect in a way that demands more of the country’s attention, says Brookings Institution scholar, educator, and author Andre Perry.

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