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 24, 2018
Tens of Thousands of Adults Line Up for Free College in Tennessee
Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed
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Michael Austin and Kim Bare are just two of the tens of thousands of adults in Tennessee to sign up for the Tennessee Reconnect program in just a few months.

State officials had initially anticipated 8,000 adult learners to apply for the program, which expanded the popular tuition-free Tennessee Promise. But a week before the start of the new college semester, more than 30,000 adults had applied for the scholarship.

Tennessee is one of only a handful of states that has a tuition-free program for older adults.
NYU's Move to Make Medical School Free for All Gets Mixed Reviews
Julie Rovner, NPR
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Recent news by New York University's School of Medicine to eliminate tuition for its students was intended to help address the increasing challenge of student debt among young doctors, which many experts believe pushes students to enter higher-paying specialties instead of primary care, and deters some from becoming doctors in the first place.

The announcement generated headlines and cheers from students. But not everyone thinks waiving tuition for all medical students, including those who can afford to pay, is the best way to approach the complicated issue of student debt.

Seeking Advantage, Colleges Are Increasingly Admitting Students as Sophomores
Jon Marcus, The Hechinger Report
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Alana Wolf will enter Cornell University as a student for the first time this fall. But unlike most of the other new arrivals, she won't be starting as a freshman.

Cornell admitted her 18 months ago on condition she go somewhere else for a year and come back as a sophomore.

It is an example of a little-known policy universities appear to be increasingly using to balance their own enrollments and take students who might otherwise not make the cut on the first try. That includes children of alumni to full-paying foreign students who need work on their English to low-income and first-generation graduates of high schools that have provided them poor study skills.

MOOCs Are No Longer Massive. And They Serve Different Audiences Than First Imagined.
Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge
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MOOCs started in around 2011 when a few Stanford professors put their courses online and made them available to anyone who wanted to take them. In the rush of public interest that followed, skeptics wondered whether online courses could help fix the cost crisis of higher education. Was this the answer to one of the nation's toughest challenges? 

Dhawal Shah, founder and CEO of Class Central, has been tracking MOOCs closely and steadily ever since he was a student in one of those first Stanford open courses. He offers insight into the evolution of MOOCs in this podcast.
Brookhaven’s DART Student GoPass Reduces Financial Challenges
Tiffany Pennamon, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
The Complexities of Transfer Students
Alicia Abney, The EvoLLLution
Questioning the Evidence
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
Why More Cities Should Offer Summer Jobs for Teens
Alicia Sasser Modestino, Harvard Business Review
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