Top stories in higher ed for Monday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
August 26, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
Some 4.5 Million Young People Nationwide Are Not Working or in School. How Cities Are Working to Get Them Back on Track
Bekah McNeel, The 74
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For Dionna Camino, it was caring for her terminally ill father. For Shelby Morales, it was an unexpected pregnancy at age 14. For both, it was too much responsibility too soon that knocked them off the tightrope of getting through high school and college to land a good-paying job.

Camino and Morales stand among the estimated 4.5 million so-called opportunity youth nationwide: 16- to 24-year-olds who are neither in school nor working and struggling to put their lives back together.

Some cities are addressing the challenge with youth re-engagement centers that offer comprehensive supports, training, and education to help disengaged and undereducated individuals regain their footing. 

What the Free College Movement Can Learn From Kalamazoo
Michelle Miller-Adams, Washington Monthly
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Free college is a powerful concept, and it can boost enrollment and completion when the proper supports are in place. 

In the 14 years since the announcement of the Kalamazoo Promise, the program has reached more than 6,000 students. Almost 90 percent of the Kalamazoo school district's graduates head to college or another form of postsecondary training. Of the district’s graduates, 50 percent complete a postsecondary degree or credential within 10 years of graduating, up from 40 percent before the program.

The Hidden Risk in Off-Campus Housing Costs
Pete D'Amato, The Hechinger Report
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Expenses have been rising for college students across the board—costs for tuition, fees, campus housing, even dining are growing faster than inflation. Only one expense—off-campus housing—is outside the control of colleges and universities, and the data suggest that cost problem is growing worse over time, adding to already-soaring student debt loads.

Jamie Merisotis
Boosting California College Graduations Is Governor Panel's First Task
Larry Gordon, EdSource
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The first order of business for a new higher education advisory board appointed by Gov. Gavin Newsom will be to look at ways to improve the low college graduation rates in the Central Valley and the Inland Empire and counter the effects of poverty and geographic isolation there, officials say.

The “Council for Postsecondary Education,” which includes the state’s top education leaders as well as representatives of business and labor, meets for the first time today in Sacramento. It is supposed to get the state’s various public and private education systems out of what Newsom called their separate “silos” and to cooperate on issues of college access, success, and costs.

Arkansas Colleges Differ in Handling of Debts
Emily Walkenhorst, Arkansas Online
Butler’s Data Boot Camp to Teach In-Demand Skills
Sarah Wood, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
U of Maryland Plans Center Near Amazon's HQ2
Natalie Schwartz, Education Dive
Opinion: Introducing Middle College
Joi Lin Blake, San Diego Union-Tribune
Opinion: Bringing the Kids Back Home
Mike Meyer, Wheeling Intelligencer
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