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 28, 2017
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The Biggest Misconception About Today's College Students
Gail O. Mellow, The New York Times
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Of the country's nearly 18 million undergraduates, more than 40 percent go to community college, and of those, only 62 percent can afford to go to college full time. By contrast, a mere 0.4 percent of students in the U.S. attend one of the Ivies. 

And yet, students who attend community colleges are often the most shortchanged. 

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Some Students Need Extra Help. Here’s How We Can Provide It.
Harry J. Holzer and Sandy Baum, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Improving higher-education outcomes requires tempering high aspirations with sometimes harsh realism. Students need more options and pathways to success, and more active guidance toward the best decisions considering their individual prospects and labor-market realities. 

As a Challenge to DACA Looms, Participants Brace for a Battle
Katherine Mangan, The Chronicle of Higher Education
As Hurricane Harvey lashed her small home in Houston with wind and rain, Carolina Ramirez hunkered down on Friday to face a threat she finds even more ominous: word that President Trump may be about to rescind the program that has allowed her to work and live there for the past five years without fear she’ll be deported.
Should Professors Ban Laptops?
Susan Payne Carter, Kyle Greenberg and Michael S. Walker, Education Next
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Laptop computers have become commonplace in college classrooms. With that, educators now face a critical decision. Should they embrace computers and put technology at the center of their instruction? Should they allow students to decide for themselves whether to use computers during class? Or should they ban screens altogether and embrace an unplugged approach? 

Opinion:Get Short-Term, Hands-On Training With a Paycheck
Jay K. Box, Lexington Herald Leader (Kentucky)
The Stubborn Stigma of the Male Nurse
Karin Fischer, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Opinion: Removing Barriers to Success for Long Beach State Students
Jane Close Conoley, Long Beach Press Telegram (California)
Lawmakers Must Provide Money Needed for Higher Education
Gordon Morse, The Virginia-Pilot (Virginia)
Blog: Instead of Funding Boeing Layoffs, Let’s Fund Higher Education
Blake Burbank, Economic Opportunity Institute (Washington State)
5 Facts About Student Loans
Anthony Cilluffo, Pew Research Center