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 4, 2018
Photo: Bill O'Leary
The Hidden Crisis on College Campuses: 36 Percent of Students Don’t Have Enough to Eat
Caitlin Dewey, The Washington Post
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Caleb Torres lost seven pounds his freshman year of college—and not because he didn’t like the food in the dining hall. A first-generation college student, barely covering tuition, Torres ran out of grocery money halfway through the year and began skipping meals as a result.

A new survey finds that many students at universities and community colleges are struggling to pay for basic needs. And that's hampering their ability to learn and complete their degrees. In response, some colleges are creating on-campus food pantries, providing subsidized transportation, and offering one-time grants for unexpected expenses. 

From Homeless to Apprentice
Community College Daily
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Ozzie Lubach turned his life around after being admitted to the San Diego Rescue Mission's 12-month residential recovery program, a rehabilitation service that guides men in need with therapy, vocational training, and educational classes.

A partnership between the mission and San Diego Continuing Education is helping Lubach and others like him plan for the future with career training programs in plumbing, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and welding.

Nearly a Fifth of One University’s Students Are on the Three-Year Track
Julian Wyllie, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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At Lynn University, in Boca Raton, Florida, three-year programs are not an exotic rarity but a popular staple. Nearly 20 percent of the students are enrolled in them, according to the college's most recent study.

The program pleases both students and faculty members—students because they’re getting a more economical education, and professors because they’re getting more-eager students.
Relevance and Perceptions of Higher Education
Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed
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People are much more likely to have positive perceptions about the value and quality of their college experience when they feel their college courses are relevant to their work and daily lives, according to the results of a new survey by Strada Education Network and Gallup.

DeVos Gives Controversial Accreditor a New Chance and More Time
Eric Kelderman, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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The U.S. Department of Education said Tuesday evening that a controversial accreditor, which had lost its federal recognition in 2016, would again be eligible to serve as a gatekeeper of financial aid. 
Governor Cooper Hears From Rural Companies About Jobs
Kailey Tracy, WECT (North Carolina)
Higher Ed Act Renewal Must Address Barriers to Underserved Students
Walter Hudson, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Inspiring a College-Going Culture
AACC 21st Century Center
Vermont Taps Tourists to Bolster Workforce
Andrew Soergel, U.S. News & World Report
States Take a Look at Online Learning Prices
Mark Lieberman, Inside Higher Ed
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