Top stories in higher ed for Wednesday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
April 3, 2019
The Challenges of Bringing Bachelor's Degrees to Prison
Natalie Schwartz, Education Dive
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Out of some 1.5 million incarcerated people in U.S. prisons, more than half are eligible for a postsecondary program, according to research from the Vera Institute and the Georgetown University Center on Poverty and Inequality. Yet, few complete an associate degree or credential while behind prison walls.

Andrea Cantora, director of the Second Chance College Program at the University of Baltimore, explains the challenges and benefits of offering higher education to students who are incarcerated in this interview.
Jamie Merisotis
Test Prep to Get Into Vocational Education? Yes, It’s a Thing
Sarah Gonser, The Hechinger Report
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As policymakers seek to help more young people get well-paying jobs that require specialized skills, they are increasingly turning to models like the one offered at New Jersey's Passaic County Technical Institute. 

Vocational education was once seen as a dumping ground for students who couldn't make the cut for college, but New Jersey's 66 county-run career and technical schools integrate work-based training with rigorous academic coursework to prepare students for both college and careers. 

But in an effort to create a variety of programs to attract a range of academic achievers, the county-run model’s admissions process has produced a stratified system in which some of the elite vocational academies enroll a student body that’s significantly less diverse than the population of the schools’ home counties.

Jamie Merisotis
Always Racing to Connect Students With Success
Bob Caylor, Focus Magazine
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Melvin Hines Jr. is an entrepreneur on a mission. As a teen in Albany, Georgia, Hines was disturbed by the high dropout rate among his high school classmates. That unease persisted when he went to college and saw scores of his fellow students hampered by economic and social inequities.

Hines took action. After earning three degrees of his own, Hines and a partner founded an educational software firm called Upswing. Today, Upswing's online products are helping more than 80 colleges and universities boost students' success by connecting them to peer tutoring, intensive advising, and other services. 

An Expert on ‘Nudges’ Wants to Help Adult Students Improve Their Livelihoods
Goldie Blumenstyk, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Many people in higher education know Ben Castleman as the "nudge guy" whose research has helped colleges reduce rates of "summer melt" among low-income students by sending them text messages about pre-enrollment paperwork.

Now Castleman and his colleagues at the University of Virginia's Nudge4 Solutions Lab are turning their attention to another higher-education challenge: helping states identify working adults who never finished college but who stand a good chance of earning more money if they could complete the work for that educational credential.
Opinion: To Fill Workforce Gaps, We Need to Develop More Job Pathways
Jeff Pittman, St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Missouri)
Purpose First Strategy Helps Students Make Informed College, Career Choices
Monica Levitan, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Are Low-Scoring Students at Elite Colleges Mostly Wealthy?
Jason D. Delisle, American Enterprise Institute
Opinion: We Must Close College Counseling’s Equity Gap
Laura Owen and Marina Koestler Ruben, The Hechinger Report
Whose PROMISE Matters in West Virginia?
Ashley Clark, New America
Commentary: The Real Scandal in College Admissions
Debra De Jesus-Vizzi, Crain's New York Business
College, on Purpose
Complete College America
Modernizing College Course Placement by Using Multiple Measures
Education Commission of the States and Center for the Analysis of Postsecondary Readiness
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