Top stories in higher ed for Thursday
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, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
Putting Work Study to Work
Grace Gedye, Washington Monthly Magazine
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The federal work study program is one of the oldest federal aid programs around. Created in the mid-1960s, its goal is to help low-income students work their way through college. But the program hasn’t kept pace with the changing economics of higher education. 

To capitalize on the strengths of federal work study, lawmakers need to correct a glaring injustice baked into the core of the program: Rich, expensive, elite private schools get a huge share of the money, but educate few of the low-income students who most need it. The community colleges and public four-year universities that do serve the less wealthy don’t get nearly as much funding per student. 

Initiatives Underway for Low-Cost, Free Textbooks for California College Students
Ashley Smith, EdSource
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College students usually come to campus knowing their tuition and room and board costs. The big unknown is the often-hefty price of textbooks.

But universities across California, especially in the 23-campus California State University system, have become more transparent about textbooks and more proactive in assigning free, digital, or low-cost books to students. And some institutions such as the University of California at Davis are working to completely revolutionize the textbook market and make it more affordable for all students.

Goodwill Helping Adults Pursue an Education
Sarah Wood, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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This fall, 7.4 million individuals aged 25 and older are enrolled in college, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. For many adult learners, however, pursuing an education—whether it involves a high school diploma or college degree—can be a daunting task.

The nonprofit thrift store, Goodwill, is trying to change that reality.

Jamie Merisotis
Luxury Private Student Housing Further Divides Rich and Poor on Campuses
Rebecca Burns, The Hechinger Report
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Luxury housing for college and university students has become a multibillion-dollar industry, with shiny new apartment buildings featuring the likes of pools, clubhouses, and spin studios encircling U.S. college and university campuses.

This kind of two-tiered housing system is becoming such a standard feature of campus life, observers have a name for it: the country club phenomenon.

They also say it’s worsening the socioeconomic divide in higher education by segregating rich students from their poorer classmates and pushing up other off-campus rents.

Do Colleges Know What Their Jobs Are?
James Paterson, Education Dive
Coaching Through College
Greta Anderson, Inside Higher Ed
Increasing Access to STEM Bachelor’s Degrees
Ellie Ashford, Community College Daily
Food Pantry Expands to Combat Food Insecurity
Theresa Bourke, Brainerd Dispatch
Editorial: The SAT Changes Its Answer
The Wall Street Journal
Taking Action: Positioning Low-Income Workers to Succeed in a Changing Economy
The Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Joyce Foundation
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