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Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
August 4, 2017
A Key (State) to Completion
Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed
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The California Community College and California State University systems both have set high-achieving goals to raise completion rates in the next few years, and they’re welcoming reforms like guided pathways, accelerated remediation and incentives to get students through faster.

Congress OKs Big Boost in GI Bill College Aid
Associated Press, Community College Daily
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Congress has sent President Donald Trump legislation to provide the biggest expansion of college aid for military veterans in a decade. The measure is a broad effort to better prepare veterans for life after active-duty service amid a rapidly changing job market.

The Thorny Relationship Between Asians and Affirmative Action
Alia Wong, The Atlantic
The Justice Department plans to investigate whether Harvard discriminates against applicants because of their race, but such efforts are often futile because admissions practices are so complex. 
Sometimes, Perceptions of Affirmative Action Don’t Mesh With Reality
Adam Harris, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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The notion that race-conscious admissions are systematically biased against some applicants—particularly white ones—has been the rallying cry for critics for decades. And even as those critics have shifted their focus to Asian-American applicants, the perception persists that race-conscious policies perpetuate a rigged system for gaining access to higher education.

Data show, however, that even with race-conscious admission policies in place, minority students constitute only a small fraction of the student populations at some highly-selective public institutions. 

Recruiters Often Overlook Historically Black Colleges and Universities
Jana Kasperkevic, Marketplace
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Nearly 300,000 students attended Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in 2015, according to Pew Research. The students at those 101 schools make up about 9 percent of black college students in the U.S. Yet past research shows that HBCUs are not always included on job recruiters’ must-visit lists, sometimes due to budgetary reasons.

Opposition to Trump-Backed Immigration Bill
Elizabeth Redden, Inside Higher Ed
Commentary: Affirmative Action: Why Now and What’s Next?
Mark G. Yudof and Rachel F. Moran, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Essay: Affirmative Action: Now More Than Ever
Michael S. Roth, Inside Higher Ed
Students to See Financial Aid Expansion
Lloyd Dunkelberger, WJXT Jacksonville (Florida)
Do Tuition Discounts for Out-of-State Students Help or Hurt USC?
Avery G. Wilks, The State (South Carolina)
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