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 29, 2018
The Prison-to-College Pipeline
Mel Jones, Washington Monthly
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For universities squeezed by falling enrollments, recruiting ex-offenders could be a new source of revenue—and a chance to transform lives.

In New Jersey, an innovative program called the New Jersey Scholarship and Transformative Education in Prisons Consortium (NJ-STEP) enables inmates to take college classes while in prison (more than 500 are currently doing so) and, when they leave, get their credits transferred to participating colleges. It's something that happens too seldom in other prison education programs.

Building Momentum Behind Prison Education
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
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One year into an experiment allowing colleges to award Pell Grants to incarcerated students, Trump administration officials look to be even more invested in the program.

The question within the Department of Education is not whether the Second Chance Pell program should continue but how to evaluate the results at more than 60 participating institutions as momentum has gathered in Congress behind a possible repeal of the ban on federal aid for incarcerated college students. 
More Work Hours, Lower School Performance
Matthew Dembicki, Community College Daily
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Nearly 70 percent of all college students work—but those work experiences vary greatly between low- and higher-income students, according to a new study.

Higher-income students tend to work because they want related career experiences. They also have access to better work opportunities such as internships and assistantships. Meanwhile, low-income students work mainly to make ends meet, and usually in jobs unrelated to their desired career choice. 

The report, from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, challenges colleges to help students connect with more robust, meaningful work experiences. For example, colleges can use work-study programs to offer students work experiences in their chosen field, rather than simply providing a job.
A Surprisingly Simple Way to Help Level the Playing Field of College Admissions
Sahil Chinoy, The Upshot
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New research contains a message for high school students, especially low-income ones, who want to go to college: Take the SAT early and often.

It's already clear from previous research that lack of information is a big reason many less affluent students don't make it to college. They get less help navigating the complex process of applying. A new study finds another specific instance of this: Underrepresented students are less likely to take college admission tests more than once.

Employers Aren’t Just Whining. The 'Skills Gap' Is Real
James Bessen, Harvard Business Review
A Community Schools Model for Success
Katy Troester-Trate, AACC 21st Century Center
Blog: What Does Postsecondary Success Look Like for English Learners?
Elisabeth Davis, Bridging Research and Practice
Big Companies Are Investing in Free College. Will Their Commitments Last?
Goldie Blumenstyk, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Essay: Mapping the Academic Genome
Myk Garn, Inside Higher Ed
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