Top stories in higher ed for Monday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
August 14, 2017
Compare the States
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Explore five sortable tables to learn how the states and the District of Columbia compare in terms of their demographic challenges, the educational level of their residents, faculty pay, college enrollment, tuition costs, and much more. 
The Impact of Employer-Sponsored Educational Assistance Benefits On Community College Student Outcomes
Henry Tran and Douglas Smith, Journal of Student Financial Aid
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Although most community college students do not receive employer-sponsored educational assistance benefits, those who do appear to have stronger retention and attainment outcomes than their peers, according to a new study. 

Overall, students who had received employer aid were 2.7 percent less likely to be no longer enrolled with no degree or certificate, and 2.6 percent more likely to have transferred with an associate degree to a four-year institution, the study found.

Aiming High
Paul Bradley, Community College Week
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To hear the students enrolled in the American Honors program tell it, there is one overarching reason for its early success in helping promising community college students reach lofty academic goals, including transferring to elite four-year universities.

It’s the aggressive, intrusive advising process, giving students ready access to dedicated, skilled academic advisers ready to point the way to success.

Healthier Than Imagined?
Rick Seltzer, Inside Higher Ed
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A new report from one of the country’s major associations of independent nonprofit colleges attempts to measure the financial health of small private institutions and how that health has changed since the turn of the century. The report, which is being released today by the Council of Independent Colleges, calculates several key financial metrics for a sample of 559 institutions of varying size and classification from across the country.

College Admissions Officers Won’t Just Chill About ‘Summer Melt’
Douglas Belkin, The Wall Street Journal
As colleges and universities compete harder for a declining number of available high-school seniors, they are targeting summer melt with new focus and more-aggressive tactics. Their playbook: Stay in touch with students over the summer to keep them excited about school, and help them with problems that crop up before they get discouraged and decide not to go.
More High School Students Are Taking Advanced Placement Classes, But Are They Ready for College?
Mark Muckenfuss, The Press-Enterprise
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New research suggests that more high school students are engaged in college preparatory courses. Such news may seem to be in conflict with an announcement last week by the California State University system regarding a change to its assessment practices for incoming freshmen. CSU officials said 40 percent of incoming freshmen require some type of remedial course under the current system.

So are students poorly prepared, or better prepared? Perhaps both. 

WCC Addressing Hunger on Campus
Wilkes Journal-Patriot (North Carolina)
Opinion: Stirring Up Success at Ivy Tech
Kim R. Barnett-Johnson, Fort Wayne Journal Gazette (Indiana)
Gaston College Offers “Promise” to Students
Eric Wildstein, Gaston Gazette (North Carolina)
Gov. Rick Scott's $10,000 College Degree Plan Falls Flat
Gray Rohrer, Orlando Sentinel (Florida)
English and American Higher Education Access and Completion Policy Regimes: Similarities, Differences and Possible Lessons
Economic and Social Research Council and the Higher Education Funding Council of England