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 22, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
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Congress Considers Making College More Accessible to People in Prison
Elissa Nadworny, NPR
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Inmates are among the least-educated people in America. That's despite research that shows education is one of the most effective ways to keep people from coming back to prison.

Now, there's renewed interest in giving adults behind bars better access to higher education. A new bipartisan bill in Congress called the Restoring Education and Learning Act would allow incarcerated people to use federal Pell Grants, designed for low-income students, to pay for higher education, including college classes and workforce training.

It's Sunday Evening, Where Are Online Colleges' Student Services?
Wayne D'Orio, Education Dive
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As institutions move to tap the ripe market of remote adult learners, they are realizing their support services need to be available around the clock.  

But traditionally campus-based institutions can find themselves outpaced as they try to match offerings from online-only schools, especially when it comes to critical services that can help attract and retain students, such as financial aid and academic advising.   
Digital Credentials and ePortfolios Clarifying Pathways to the Labor Market
The EvoLLLution
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In today’s job market, signaling one’s readiness for a job goes beyond traditional transcripts, as they provide little evidence (or even information) to the employer about the student’s skillset or accomplishments.

In response, colleges and universities are on the hunt for new ways to showcase their students’ in-demand skills and competencies. In this interview, Michael Simmons of the University of North Texas discusses the capacity for digital credentials and ePortfolios to serve as alternative tools to capture and communicate valuable skills.
Jamie Merisotis
College Admissions Side Doors
Don Hossler and Jerry Lucido, Inside Higher Ed
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At virtually every four-year university that denies admission to some of its applicants there are “side doors” for admission for the children of donors. At less selective public flagship universities and at regional public and private colleges, there are applicants whose parents have made donations, albeit usually smaller amounts, parents who are influential at regional and local levels, and athletes who get admitted through side doors while first-generation and low- and/or moderate-income applicants with similar credentials are denied.

It's time to confront the reality of everyday privilege, write Don Hossler and Jerry Lucido. A failure to act may result in government regulation, they warn.

The Benefit of Legacy Status
Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed
Work in the Year 2030
Irving Wladawsky-Berger, The Wall Street Journal
Partnerships to Address Students’ Life Challenges
Matthew Dembicki, Community College Daily
Could Addressing College Food Insecurity Be a SNAP?
Ross E. O’Hara, New England Journal of Higher Education
How Far Does Your Tuition Dollar Go?
Stephanie Hall, The Century Foundation
Eight Futures of Work
World Economic Forum and Boston Consulting Group
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