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.
August 6, 2019
Free College? We Need to Fix the Root Problems With College Affordability
Dakota Pawlicki, Medium
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A redesign of the American post-high school education system needs to start with a fresh look at how work and learning can be integrated.

That’s part of the message from Lumina Foundation President and CEO Jamie Merisotis. In this podcast, Merisotis discusses the future of work and how best to redesign the education model we’ve been using for more than a century.

Jamie Merisotis
Texas to Require High School Graduates to Apply for College Financial Aid
Claire McInerny, NPR
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Just about half of American high school seniors applied for federal financial aid last year. Those who didn't may have missed out on free money for college. Texas is trying to fix that. It's now the second state to require all graduating high school students to apply for college financial aid. Many hope the new Texas law will make it easier for students to go to college and finish their degrees.

Jamie Merisotis
Coping in a Cash-Starved State System
Peter Monaghan, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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In Oklahoma, the impact of a scarcity of state funds for education can be observed on college campuses: in the number of students who start college underprepared to do college-level work, in the number who drop out because they can’t afford the tuition, and in the state’s rank at No. 44 for the percentage of the adult population with a bachelor’s degree or above.

In response, some leaders of public colleges are seeking innovative approaches by, for instance, easing progression from high schools to college, matching general-education requirements to students’ likely majors, and improving success in required mathematics courses.

Remedial Education Fixes Won't Cure Completion Crisis
Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed
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Remedial course work has long been viewed as a primary barrier to college completion, a black hole from which relatively few students emerge to earn a credential after being placed in the typically noncredit courses in mathematics and English.

Yet a new study found that reforms to remedial education, even a promising one that reaches back into high school, do little to move the needle on students’ credit completion or the likelihood of earning a college credential.

Highlights: How Public Attitudes Are Shaping the Future of Manufacturing
Anagha Komaragiri and Louis Serino, Brookings Institution
Blog: Potholes, Machine Learning, and Compelling Content
Eric Stoller, Student Affairs and Technology
A New Pilot Program Makes Tutoring Accessible to Non-Traditional Students
Sara Weissman, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Pennsylvania Foster Kids Can Now Go to College Tuition-Free
Laurie Mason Schroeder, The Allentown Morning Call
Financial Aid Offerpalooza
Rachel Fishman and Sophie Nguyen, New America
Opinion: The State Has Once Again Failed HBCUs
Dr. Marvin L. “Doc” Cheatham, Sr., The Baltimore Sun (Maryland)
Commentary: California’s Two-Tier Society
Dan Walters, Los Angeles Daily News
Why Foreign STEM Ph.D.s Are Unlikely to Work for U.S. Technology Startups
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
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