Top stories in higher ed for Friday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
August 30, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
The Voting Wars Come to Campus
Daniel Block, Washington Monthly Magazine
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In Texas, home to some of America’s strictest voting restrictions, you can use a handgun license as ID to vote, but not a student ID.

The state of Texas is not alone in seeming to apply tougher voting rules to college students. In New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Iowa, and Arizona—all presidential battlegrounds—Republican-controlled legislatures have created particular obstacles for college voters. And yet, in the midst of this clampdown, there are clear signs that students and schools are surmounting voting barriers and countering their impact.

Explaining the Value of the Liberal Arts
Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge
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What is the role of the liberal arts in a college education, and how can colleges best explain that vision to students and parents?

Lynn Pasquerella, president of the Association of American Colleges & Universities, has been thinking and talking about the value of the liberal arts lately. As a former president of a liberal arts college and a longtime professor of philosophy, Pasquerella shares her unique insights on the subject in this interview. 

College Classes in Prison Can Unlock an Eager, Committed Group of Potential Learners.
Todd Clear, Lumina Foundation
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As the pool of high school seniors declines nationally, prisons represent an especially promising new source of potential students. Incarcerated individuals can succeed as college students, and higher education—if provided thoughtfully and equitably—can make a huge difference in their lives and the lives of others.

If even 10 percent of the people in the nation’s prison system could succeed in college, that would amount to 180,000 graduates—a number greater than the combined enrollment of the nation’s three largest universities.

Jamie Merisotis
How to Cut College Dropout Rates
David L. Kirp, The New York Times
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“She’s like my older sister." That’s not how most undergraduates think about their advisers. But it was the first thing that came to Elodie Oriental’s mind when she described Hanna Tenadu. 

Oriental, an undergraduate at the City University of New York’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice, is enrolled in a program known as ACE (Accelerate, Complete, Engage). ACE is based on the principles of the CUNY Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) model, which assists students with earning degrees by providing a range of financial, academic, and personal supports. 

Colleges Urged to Make More Data-Driven Decisions
Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed
Blog: Varieties of Dual Enrollment
Matt Reed, Confessions of a Community College Dean
Developmental Math Study Shows Promising Results
Ellie Ashford, Community College Daily
New Law Empowers More College Students to Succeed
Laura Hope, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
More Math for Admission
Greta Anderson, Inside Higher Ed
Enrollment and Age
AACC 21st Century Center
End the Stigma
Barbara Shelly, Community College Daily
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