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 23, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
Author Chat: New Book Mines Racial Disparities in College Degrees
LaMont Jones, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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The poorest students in the country, many of them young people of color and most of them the first in their families to attend college, have an astonishingly low chance of graduating from college within six years. Eleven percent, at most, make it. That's not the American Dream. But what if that could change?

In this interview, veteran education reporter and author Richard Whitmire discusses how improving graduation rates of first-generation, low-income, minority college students could alter the face of America.

Jamie Merisotis
Getting Smart in the Innovation Age of AI
Ramona Schindelheim, WorkingNation
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Tom Vander Ark has spent the last few years studying the future of work and trying to understand how technology is changing society and educational needs. When Vander Ark speaks, many in the education ecosystem listen. 

Vander Ark recently met with WorkingNation to offer his take on the implications of artificial intelligence innovations and how those innovations can help build smarter schools.

Jamie Merisotis
Why Start a Company That Helps Kids Track Education Progress? Its Founder Explains
Lee Schafer, The Star Tribune
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Angie Eilers is the founder and CEO of UR Turn SBC. Her company is part of an emerging trend of businesses organized to make money for shareholders but serve a social mission, too. Eilers knew kids didn't have what they really needed to chart their progress through school. Her solution: a personalized, mobile-enabled AI-driven counselor.

UR Turn SBC charts a student's progress in much the same way an app like Fitbit uses health data to measure fitness goals. If students fall off track, they're notified through texts and email messages, followed by access to research-backed interventions.

Jamie Merisotis
What Do Philadelphia’s Students Want? More College Counseling
Sarah Gonser, The Hechinger Report
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In Philadelphia and nationwide, many public high schools are scrambling to provide students with even basic information about college. For all but the wealthiest students, support is scant. Counselors are overwhelmed; college guidance often doesn't begin until late in junior year. And financial aid advice tends to be so minimal that many students fail to fill out routine paperwork like the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. 

Opinion: Emergency Aid Can Keep Students in College
Abby Steckel, CT Post (Connecticut)
Opinion: Education’s Focus Should Be on Students’ Needs, Not ‘System’
Mary Lee McJimsey, The Spokesman-Review (Washington State)
Warren Shakes Up Student Loan Debate
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
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