Top stories in higher ed for Tuesday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
April 9, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
Can West Virginia’s Pipeline Jobs Keep Youth in the State?
Alia King, PBS NewsHour
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There are hundreds of miles of pipeline crossing the rugged mountains of West Virginia, carrying natural gas to power plants, businesses, and homes all across the country. For some young people, pipeline-related jobs are a rare chance to stay in the state and make a living.

But others are concerned the boom will eventually come to an end, leaving youth without lasting opportunities.

Equity Audits: A Tool for Campus Improvement
Marcella Bombardieri, Center for American Progress
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A recently introduced bill called the College Equity Act aims to help colleges make their campuses more hospitable to historically underrepresented students.

To accomplish this, the bill recommends that colleges conduct equity audits—internal reviews of key policies and practices to identify those that fail to effectively serve underrepresented students—and then provides additional grant funds to make improvements based on the audit results.
Aligning the Regulatory Environment With the 21st Century Realities
Robert Hansen, Kathleen Ives, and Russ Poulin, The EvoLLLution
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Despite changing student demographics and technological advancements, the American higher education regulatory infrastructure and related legislation continue to address only the needs of traditional postsecondary students.

In this interview, leaders from three associations serving providers of non-traditional higher education discuss some of the critical reforms needed for federal legislation to better fit the 21st-century model of higher education. 
Jamie Merisotis
Clearing Transfer Pipelines
Ed Finkel, Community College Daily
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Across the nation, state community college systems and individual colleges are heeding the call to better advise students on their pathways and ensure that those pathways move along smoothly and logically. They are taking steps to create better partnerships, ensure that credits transfer, undertake outreach to students, and support them at each step along the way.

Partial, and Uneven, Recovery From Recession
Greg Toppo, Inside Higher Ed
Flagler Focuses on Classroom-to-Career Opportunities
Shaun Ryan, Daytona Beach News-Journal
Evidence From California on the Long-Run Benefits of Financial Aid
Oded Gurantz and Eric Bettinger, Brown Center Chalkboard
GAO Report Identifies Second Chance Pell Implementation Challenges, Urges ED to Evaluate
Allie Bidwell, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
Moving Forward (at Last) on Federal Rule Changes
Mark Lieberman, Inside Higher Ed
Opinion: Working to Break Down Barriers to College Education
Jennifer Vigne, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
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