Top stories in higher ed for Friday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
April 5, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
Boosting Completions of Single Mothers
Matthew Dembicki, Community College Daily
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A college credential is critical to improving the economic mobility of millions of single mothers and their families. However, research shows that single mothers enrolled in higher education face "nearly insurmountable odds." 

Four community colleges and the nonprofit Education Design Lab (EDL) aim to change those odds in a new pilot project that will explore innovative ways to help single mothers obtain postsecondary credentials. 

Jamie Merisotis
How America's College-Closure Crisis Leaves Families Devastated
Michael Vasquez and Dan Bauman, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Across the United States, colleges are disappearing. As a result, the lives of students and their families have been plunged into unexpected crisis. 

Many of those affected are working adults living paycheck to paycheck, who carried hopes that college would be their path to the middle class.  

College closures have severely hit low-income students, too: Nearly 70 percent of undergraduates at closed campuses received need-based Pell Grants. Black and Hispanic students also bear the brunt. About 57 percent of displaced students are racial minorities.

Jamie Merisotis
A Culture of Caring
Katherine Mangan and Julia Schmalz, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Like so many students at Amarillo College, Cindy Lopez was one emergency away from dropping out before classes had even begun. A broken-down car or an eviction notice could stop her semester in its tracks.  

Lopez, a 19-year-old single mother, persevered thanks to Amarillo College's No Excuses Poverty Initiative. The effort, which has attracted national attention for the breadth of support it offers students, comes at a time when colleges nationwide are facing increasing pressure to help students struggling to afford food, housing, and other basic needs.  

Jamie Merisotis
The Real Reasons Legacy Preferences Exist
Joe Pinsker, The Atlantic
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Given that admissions at selective colleges are more competitive than ever—last week, several of them announced record-low acceptance rates—it’s clear that a preference for legacies benefits alumni and their children.

But what does this tradition—which is exceedingly rare outside the United States—do for colleges? And, relatedly, what’s stopping them from getting rid of a policy that gives some applicants an automatic advantage solely because of their lineage?

Texas Initiative for Male Students of Color Issues First Policy Brief
LaMont Jones, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
College Completion and the Future of Work: Implications in the Fourth Industrial Revolution
Yves Salomon-Fernandez, New England Journal of Higher Education
The Basketball Coach Who Went Back to School
Rachel Bachman, The Wall Street Journal
De la Ciudad a la Frontera: Advancing Latino Male Students in Border and Urban Regions in Texas
Project MALES Research Institute at the University of Texas at Austin
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