Top stories in higher ed for Thursday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
April 25, 2019
Four Ways Congress Can Help a New Generation of Students
Julie Peller, RealClearEducation
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Today’s college students bear little resemblance to the young middle-class freshmen tossing Frisbees on the campus quad in popular movies. Nearly 40 percent of today’s college students are now over the age of 25. A quarter of students are parents, and nearly 60 percent work while enrolled in college. About half come from families with parents who did not earn a bachelor’s degree.

In this commentary, Julie Peller of Higher Learning Advocates offers four ways federal higher education policies can better reflect the realities of today's students.
Jamie Merisotis
How a Houston Experiment in College Counseling Is Succeeding in Sending Low-Income, First-Generation Students to Top Universities
Richard Whitmire, The 74
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His mom is a nail technician, his father a barber. Those are the jobs they found here. Truong Nguyen moved to the United States just five years ago, equipped with only the rudimentary English he learned in Vietnam. Through middle school and into high school, Nguyen endured students making fun of his accent. He didn't see himself as college material.

A chance introduction to a counseling program called EMERGE changed everything for Nguyen. The program targets first-generation students who, with some extra help, might have a good shot at securing full scholarships to elite universities. 

Jamie Merisotis
Inmate Education Success Stories Shared at Department Convening
LaMont Jones, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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Every great success story starts with a vision. Earlier this week, individuals from education, labor, criminal justice, and public policy provided insight into their vision to educate inmates as part of a convening at the U.S. Department of Education.

Michigan's Vocational Village was among the success stories shared. Staff members work with more than 500 employers and others in the business community, brokering opportunities that can help returning citizens succeed and reduce the steep individual and social costs of recidivism. The program's training is shaped by market demands in a state with a skilled trades gap that reflects a national shortage.

California’s Newest College Will Blend Online and Face-to-Face Job Training
Larry Gordon, EdSource
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Even before it debuts its first classes in the fall, the California Online Community College will get a new name.

President and CEO Heather Hiles says the school’s new title needs to better reflect its mission of offering both in-person and online job training for adult workers without college degrees who are starting jobs or trying to advance.

Employers will have a big say in what is taught at the school and where. Those firms also will be expected to subsidize costs so students won’t pay any tuition.
Competencies Lay a Clear Path
Heather Boerner, Community College Daily
Pima College Adapting to Changing Education
Jeff Gardner, Tucson Local Media
Bridging the Gap on Accountability
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
Promise Programs Do Better With Support Services
Ellie Ashford, Community College Daily
What Free College Could Mean for You
Emily Kerr, U.S. News & World Report
Commentary: The Education Investment States Should Be Making
Anne Kim, Governing the States and Localities
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