Top stories in higher ed for Wednesday
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, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
Is Time Up on Standardized Tests for College Admissions?
Wayne D'Orio, Education Dive
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The University of Chicago made headlines last June when it announced plans to go test-optional as a way to encourage more first-generation and low-income students to apply. A year later, the school declared the shift a success, along with a range of other changes designed to increase access. It admitted its most diverse freshman class to date, with more low-income, first-generation, veteran, and rural students coming to its 217-acre campus. 

More than 30 schools have since followed the University of Chicago's lead, pushing the number of test-optional four-year institutions across the country to more than 1,000.

Jamie Merisotis
Pegged as an ‘Untapped Workforce,’ Former Prisoners Seek Job Skills Behind Bars
Joshua Conaway, KSMU Radio
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After nearly 11 years in prison, Kevin Plumlee had a chance to start over. He needed a job. But his rap sheet was more extensive than his resume—and many employers are hesitant to hire convicted felons, even if they have served their time.

Plumlee got lucky. He found the Missouri Job Center’s APPLIE program. APPLIE’s goal is to prepare prisoners for the workforce before they’re released. Certification comes from a course involving several weeks of training on how to fill out job applications, conduct interviews. and more. 

Jamie Merisotis
Line Between Remedial, Mainstream Classes Blurs as Colorado Colleges Reconsider Paths to Student Success
Meg Wingerter, The Denver Post
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For a long time, many in higher education believed it was better to send students who were behind in math or English through remediation—having them take courses designed to cover the basic skills they’d need in a subject before moving forward with credit-bearing coursework. 

That's changing. Colleges likes those in Colorado are redesigning their degree pathways so students don’t get stuck and drop out. That involves creating different paths—not everyone needs calculus, for instance—and offering intensive support along the way.

Jamie Merisotis
Northeast Ohio DACA Recipients Are at Risk
Pat McManamon, Cleveland Magazine
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Jimmy Rodriguez remembers the precise moment: June 5, 2018, at 7:07 a.m.

Twenty-four minutes into his shift at Corso’s Flower and Garden Center in Castalia, Ohio, Rodriguez and his father were surrounded by law enforcement officers, handcuffed, and forced to kneel. Rodriguez was eventually released after giving the Social Security Number he acquired through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. His father was not so fortunate. 

The future for Rodriguez and other DACA recipients continues to hang in the balance while the U.S. government decides if and how it will offer these individuals a path to citizenship.

The Admissions Activists Are Here to Make You Uncomfortable
Eric Hoover, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Pitt Urban Education Forum Explores Disrupting School-to-Prison Pipeline
LaMont Jones, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
How Delaware Aims to Improve College Readiness
Laura Jimenez, Center for American Progress
Budget Compromise in Alaska
Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed
Commentary: Life After High School
Bennett Purser, Marketplace
Partnerships Are a Priority for Helena College's New Dean
Tyler Manning, Helena Independent Record
Turning Queries Into Published Research
Jonathan Williams, Community College Daily
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