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 16, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
City University of New York Holds Lessons for Other Campuses
Keila Szpaller and Cameron Evans, The Missoulian
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As a freshman, Shalini Doodnauth had no intention of going to school full time at City University of New York. 

Then, she learned about the Accelerated Studies in Associate Program (ASAP). When she needed help paying for a $300 textbook, ASAP paid. The program provided her a MetroCard. And when she struggled in her accounting classes, ASAP supplied a tutor. 

Other institutions are taking note of the ASAP model and the interventions it employs to drive retention and graduation rates. This fall, the Montana University System will launch a pilot based on ASAP called the Montana Project 10.

Jamie Merisotis
The Children in the Fields
Tennessee Watson, APM Reports
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Aracely Benavides first went into the fields as a young child around the age of 13. Her family needed her to start working to help to make ends meet. Though she'd only finished the sixth grade, Benavides stopped going to school and joined her parents doing seasonal farm work. 

Benavides had dreams of growing up to be a chef, or maybe a teacher. But when she stopped attending school, her options were severely curtailed, and she became destined for a life of migrant farm work. 

Because of a loophole in U.S. child labor laws, farmworker children can pick crops as young as age 10. But education offers a path out of poverty—if they can stay in school.

Jamie Merisotis
National College Dropout Rates Are a Scandal, UC Author Says
Larry Gordon, EdSource
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In David Kirp’s new book, The College Dropout Scandal, the University of California, Berkeley emeritus professor of public policy calls low college graduation rates “higher education’s dirty little secret.” Nationwide, approximately three out of five incoming freshmen will graduate within six years. The rate is dramatically lower at some schools in California and elsewhere.

In this interview, Kirp talks in depth about his findings and possible reforms. 

Jamie Merisotis
To Help First-Generation Students Succeed, Colleges Enlist Their Parents
Aaron Cantú, The Hechinger Report
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Students who are first in their families to attend college contend with unique challenges. Without the benefit of parents’ college-going experience, they have fewer tools to navigate college bureaucracies and day-to-day campus life. As a result, a third of first-generation college students drop out within three years.

Many colleges are trying to slow that exodus by creating offices devoted to first-generation students, organizing peer groups, and connecting students with tutoring and extra support. Now some institutions are coming to realize that programming for first-generation students isn’t enough to get them across the finish line—they also need to target their parents. 

Podcast: How Does America’s Higher Education System Compare to Abroad?
Jason Delisle and Preston Cooper, American Enterprise Institute
Partnership Helps Students See Manufacturing Career Possibilities
Sarah Watts, Arizona Education News Service
Building Capacity for More Study Abroad
Elizabeth Redden, Inside Higher Ed
Pew Study: Faculty-Student Diversity Divide Persists
Sara Weissman, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Expanding the Educational Pie
Chester E. Finn, Jr. and Andrew E. Scanlan, City Journal
Bipartisan Push for Student Loan Transparency
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
California Creates Higher Ed Advisory Council
Shailaja Neelakantan, Education Dive
Household Debt and Credit
Federal Reserve Bank of New York
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