Top stories in higher ed for Tuesday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
August 27, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
Escaping the Transfer Trap
Mary Alice McCarthy and Debra Bragg, Washington Monthly Magazine
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Seven years ago, Melissa Curry was an unemployed single mom on the edge of crisis. Now she has a bachelor’s degree—and a job at Microsoft. Curry worked hard to get where she is. But she also had the good fortune of living in one of only two states that make it easy to get a bachelor’s degree—a prerequisite to a good-paying job in the tech sector—from community college.

A consistent finding in higher education research is that students are more likely to complete a bachelor’s degree when they can do it all at one institution. But for the vast majority of people who start at community college, that’s not an option; the only way to complete a bachelor’s is by transferring to a four-year university. And it’s the transfer process that leaves many students behind.

Jamie Merisotis
Amidst Accreditation Concerns, Cheyney Turns a Fiscal Corner
Janet Kline, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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Like many Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Cheyney University has faced its share of challenges, including declining student enrollment and low graduation rates. Its plight is not all that unusual. Five HBCUs shut their doors within the last five years.

Now Cheyney, the nation’s first HBCU, may have turned a corner. The institution that was once rumored to be on the brink of possibly shutting down amid concerns about the future of its accreditation recently announced that it ended the fiscal year with not only a balanced budget, but a surplus of $2.1 million.

Jamie Merisotis
Our 2019 College Rankings Are Out: See How Your School Did.
Washington Monthly Magazine
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Washington Monthly magazine has released its 15th annual College Guide and Rankings, rating colleges and universities on their contributions to social mobility, research, and public service.

Unlike U.S. News & World Report, which rewards institutions for prestige, wealth, and exclusivity, the Monthly rankings call attention to colleges that serve the best interests of the country as a whole—including efforts to enroll and graduate students of modest means.

Jamie Merisotis
Tech Entrepreneur Builds ‘Girl Focused, Boy Inclusive’ STEM Pipeline for Kids
Victoria Lim, WorkingNation
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When you look at the education trends for students starting as young as primary and secondary school age, boys and girls enroll in and perform well in math and science classes at a relatively equal rate.

But the gender gap starts to widen in courses such as engineering and computer sciences and gets even bigger at the college level.

A Los Angeles-based tech entrepreneur is trying to bring back the balance found in students’ formative years with two programs aimed mostly at females, while not excluding males.

The Most and Least 'Valuable' College Majors
Mitchell Hartman, Marketplace
ASU Looks Overseas With New Spin-Off
Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed
Opinion: Prepare College Students to Find Careers After Graduation
Maureen Downey, Atlanta Journal Constitution
Blog: What Might We Learn From 'Talking to Robots’?
Joshua Kim, Technology and Learning
Freeman Discusses Presidential Goals, Plans Facility Updates
Noah Thornburgh, Northern Star (Illinois)
Opinion: Getting Over the College Finish Line
David Kirp, New York Daily News
What the Common App Does
Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed
Higher Education Seeing a Shifting Tide
Nora Peachin, Addison County Independent
Blog: The Number 1 Student Success Challenge
Steven Mintz, Higher Ed Gamma
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