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 17, 2017
Why Republicans Don't Trust Higher Ed
Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed
Not only do Republicans and Democrats have different levels of confidence in higher education, but they are coming at the issue by focusing on different issues, a new poll by Gallup shows. Republicans who distrust higher education focus on campus politics, while the smaller share of Democrats who distrust higher education tend to focus on rising college prices, the pollster found.
U.S.C. Expands in a 'Neglected' Neighborhood, Promising Jobs and More
Lauren Herstik, The New York Times
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When the University of Southern California's campus extension opens its doors in South Los Angeles today, it will not just welcome 2,700 new college students. It also will be an ambitious test of a public-private partnership hoping to remake a historically underserved neighborhood. 

Percentage of Borrowers Owing $20,000 or More Doubled Since 2002
Rick Seltzer, Inside Higher Ed
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The percentage of student loan borrowers leaving college owing $20,000 or more has doubled over about a decade, according to a report released Wednesday by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. That's up from 20 percent in 2002.

More borrowers owe higher amounts, as well. The portion of borrowers owing $50,000 or more spiked from 5 percent to 16 percent during the same period.

When Skills and Jobs Don't Match
Dan Sewell and Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press
More and more factory jobs now demand education, technical know-how or specialized skills. And many of the workers set adrift from low-tech factories lack such qualifications.
Opinion: Hispanic Students Need Degree Data
Paul E. Peterson, U.S. News & World Report
Re-Examining Our Approach to College Access
Angel B. Pérez, New England Journal of Higher Education
Lack of Broadband Hurts Higher Ed in Rural Areas
Lloyd Dunkelberger, The News Herald (Florida)
Holcomb Rolls Out $24M Job Training Initiative
Community College Daily (Indiana)
Opinion: Tackle Michigan’s Skills Gap
Roger Curtis and Brian Whiston, The Detroit News
Opinion: America’s Got Talent, But Not Nearly Enough
Edward Conard, The Wall Street Journal
State Website Provides Info On Completing College Degrees
Bobby Harrison, Daily Journal (Mississippi)