Top stories in higher ed for Monday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
April 1, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
Even at Elite Colleges Lauded for Their Generosity, Some Students Take on Debt
Aaron Gettinger, The Hechinger Report
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Low-income students like Zelia Gonzales who overcome the odds and are admitted to elite schools often expect to graduate with no debt at all, given the way many of those institutions phrase their widely publicized promises of generous financial aid. In reality, that's often far from what happens.

In spite of seemingly generous financial aid policies, 30 percent of Cornell undergraduates have to borrow, 19 percent at Penn, 11 percent at Yale, and 4 percent at Harvard.

Empower Students With Information About What Their Education Will Produce
Beth Akers, The Hill
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The White House made headlines on higher education last week with an executive order aimed at bolstering free speech on college campuses. However, the real news in this executive order lies beneath the headline.

The administration also issued a promising directive aimed at improving transparency in the higher education market, calling for the Department of Education and the Treasury Department to begin collecting more detailed information on student employment outcomes after college.  

New Push for Test Optional
Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed
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Bucknell University announced in February that it was ending the requirement that all applicants submit SAT or ACT scores. Its announcement, coming just before the scandal in college admissions broke, didn't receive much attention nationally. But it stands out nonetheless. Many colleges that have gone test optional do not recruit nationally or have competitive admissions, but Bucknell does.

In the weeks since, more colleges have gone test optional, and there are signs that the policy shift is on the upswing.
Jamie Merisotis
California Lawmakers Propose Reforms in Admissions Process. Other States Could Follow.
Nell Gluckman, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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The news that dozens of parents, coaches, and test administrators had been charged in a bribery-based admissions scheme has captivated and horrified the country and involves students at colleges in multiple states. 

Seeking to solve some of the problems exposed by the scandal, a group of California legislators has proposed several reforms in the college-admissions process. The bills include a review of whether ACT or SAT scores are necessary and a ban on preferences for the children of donors and alumni.

NSF's Foray Into Defining Job Skills
Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed
Opinion: The Dangers of Skills-Gap Skepticism
Will Marshall and Ryan Craig, The Hill
Report Examines How Online For-Profit Institutions Impact Vulnerable Students
Monica Levitan, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Community Colleges Are a Vanishing Breed in Florida
Lloyd Dunkelberger, Florida Phoenix
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