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 2, 2017
Free Tuition? Programs Should Focus On Students Who Started and Had to Stop.
Sanford J. Ungar, The Washington Post
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Millions of American adults have started on the higher-education track at some point but did not graduate. And many already have either a high-quality, workforce-relevant postsecondary certificate or are “potential completers” with at least two years’ worth of college credits. If policymakers could figure out a way to push this group through, it would increase significantly the percentage of Americans with degrees and possibly inspire further leaps forward.

National Database Could Help Students Pick College—and Income
Charles Goldman, RealClearEducation
Routine data collected by the federal government could help students choose a college and a major—and help them calculate how much they stand to make once they graduate. Although the information exists, a searchable national database that could help students and their families make more informed decisions about college does not.
The Unexpected Value of the Liberal Arts
George Anders, The Atlantic
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The stereotype of liberal-arts majors being unable to find jobs is starting to crumble, as more students—particularly first-generation students—discover personal and professional fulfillment in the humanities and social sciences.

Justice Dept. to Take On Affirmative Action in College Admissions
Charlie Savage, The New York Times
The Trump administration reportedly plans to investigate and potentially sue colleges and universities over admissions practices. Some groups are voicing concern, saying the decision fails to protect civil rights.
The Case for Higher Ed in a Job-Focused World
Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed
As the former president of two small liberal arts colleges and Pennsylvania’s independent college group, Brian C. Mitchell believes in the traditional case for American higher education: that it helps produce full and productive members of an engaged citizenry.
Commentary: The Risks of Focusing On Character in Admissions
Rebecca Zwick, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Views: Sustaining the American Dream Through Higher Education
Eugene J. Cornacchia, The Huffington Post
Is This the New Class Every Freshman Should Take?
Dimitris Bertsimas, eCampus News
Not Your Father’s Apprenticeship
Mark Dunneback, Community College Daily
Blog: Four Lessons Learned From the National Connecting Credentials Campaign
Larry Good of Corporation for a Skilled Workforce and the Connecting Credentials Initiative and Holly Zanville of Lumina Foundation
Recipients Attest to Impact of Cooke Foundation Scholarships On Journeys
Catherine Morris, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
DeVos Shifts Course Again On Loan Servicing
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
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