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.
August 8, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
High School Graduation Rates for One Important Group Are Starting to Get Better
Matt Krupnick, The Hechinger Report
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Miguel Hernandez, who came to Los Angeles four years ago knowing only his Zapotecan dialect and neither Spanish nor English, is now headed to California State University at Northridge to study computer science. He will be the first in his family to go to college.

Hernandez is part of a big increase in California in the proportion of Hispanics who graduate from high school, reflecting an effort to get more of them to go on to higher educations.

The improvement is an important step at a time when Hispanics are the fastest-growing group of people nearing college age across the country, and when there’s concern about the effect on the economy of failing to produce enough college graduates for industries that need them.

Loophole—or Fraud? How Far Parents Go to Save on College
Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge On Air
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“Parents Are Giving Up Custody of Their Kids to Get Need-Based College Financial Aid.” That was a headline last week in ProPublica Illinois, and it got people talking once again about the lengths to which some parents will go to save on college tuition. 

This podcast delves into the latest financial aid scandal, as well as the bigger policy question of who should pay for college and how much.

A New Dropout Risk: Students Responsible for Aging or Sick Relatives
Emma Whitford, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Andrew Rahal, 27, is one of a growing number of young adult family caregivers. An AARP report found that, in 2015, about 10 million people  were providing care for an elderly or disabled loved one. More than a third of those caregivers were younger than 25. 

Advocates say trying to balance college course loads with caregiving responsibilities puts students at risk of delaying school or dropping out, a risk that’s particularly acute for Hispanic and African-American students, who are far more likely than white students to become family caregivers.

Jamie Merisotis
A Partnership Takes Flight
Leslie Tennant, AACC 21st Century Center
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The national security of the United States is dependent on a robust airline industry. That requires skilled pilots. 

A serious shortage of airline pilots puts this need in jeopardy, however. Two community colleges in Pennsylvania—the Community College of Beaver County and Butler County Community College—are responding with the creation of a first-of-its-kind aviation academy for Butler County high school juniors and seniors.

The academy is intended to provide a pathway into professional pilot, air traffic control, and unmanned aerial vehicle careers.

A New High School Movement Rises
Bruno V. Manno, EducationNext
Report Says More Data Needed on Nondegree Credentials
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
University of Richmond Group Formed to Discuss Race, Social Issues
Sarah Wood, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Blog: What I Learned in Minneapolis
Steven Mintz, Higher Ed Gamma
A New Way to Gauge Student Success Rates
Terry W. Hartle, Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges
Today's CTE Investments Help Boost Students' Success
Joe Marquez, EdTech Magazine: Focus on Higher Education
Program Aims to Connect Veterans With Best Colleges
Apoorva Mittal, Albany Times Union
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