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.
August 2, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
Too Few Guidance Counselors, Too Little Information
Laura McKenna, The 74
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Despite top grades and leadership positions on the high school debate team and in marching band, Jennifer Hernandez was completely unprepared during her senior year to choose a college or even comprehend the jargon that surrounds the application process.

As a first-generation student, she didn’t have family members to help her. Her school adviser didn't offer much assistance either. Like many high schools around the country, guidance counselors were in short supply. 

Without people to guide her, Hernandez applied to a number of four-year colleges—not realizing until she received her acceptance letters that she could not afford them. Little did she know that a community college might have been the best path for her.

Jamie Merisotis
College Education Is Still a Class Luxury in America. PeerForward Is Changing That.
Big Think
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Like it or not, most jobs today and in the future will require education and training beyond high school. PeerForward is working with low-income communities to ensure that students aren't excluded based on their zip code. 

Formerly known as College Summit, PeerForward began as a single workshop in the basement of a Washington, D.C. community center. The goal was to help students capture their stories in personal essays that could be used for college applications. From that single workshop more than two decades ago, founders J.B. Schramm, Keith Frome, and Derek Canty have built a national organization responsible for guiding more than 350,000 students across the nation to higher education.

Jamie Merisotis
An Innovative School Leader Rethinks Education for Kids of Color in Indianapolis
Tara García Mathewson, The Hechinger Report
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Kimberly Neal has spent almost two decades working in schools that primarily serve low-income students of color and she only recently came to understand that they operate in starkly different ways from equally high-performing schools serving wealthy, white students.

Now Neal is starting over with a new school called Believe-Circle City in Indianapolis. Scheduled to open for the 2020-2021 school year, the school will be college- and career-focused, asking students to choose a career concentration at the end of their ninth-grade year and pursue an associate degree at the same time as they work toward a high school diploma.  

Jamie Merisotis
‘The College Dropout Scandal’
Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed
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Author David Kirp says the graduation rates of most American colleges and universities are unacceptable. In his new book, The College Dropout Scandal, Kirp makes the case for dramatic changes and improvements.

A professor at the Graduate School of the University of California, Berkeley, Kirp outlines proven approaches on getting students to the finish line in this interview.

As Competition Mounts, 2U Signals Big Changes for Online Education
Steven Johnson, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Philosophy Degrees and Sales Jobs
Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed
Most Colleges Have More Women Than Men. Here’s How to Buck That Trend.
Audrey Williams June, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Diversity Low in Higher Education IT Field, Study Finds
Sarah Wood, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Essay: Uniform Rules to Protect Access
Steve Gunderson, Inside Higher Ed
As Rural America Slips, Governors Look for Ways to Help
Alan Greenblatt, Governing the States and Localities
Where Triangle Locales Rank Among Most Educated Cities
Cameron Snipes, Triangle Business Journal
Diversity in Higher Education Information Technology
College and University Professional Association for Human Resources
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