Top stories in higher ed for Wednesday
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August 9, 2017
The New Minority On Campus? Men
Jon Marcus, The Hechinger Report/The Atlantic
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Where men once went to college in proportions far higher than women—58 percent to 42 percent as recently as the 1970s—the ratio is now almost exactly reversed.

This fall, women will comprise more than 56 percent of students on campuses nationwide, according to the U.S. Department of Education. Some 2.2 million fewer men than women will be enrolled in college this year. And the trend shows no sign of abating.

New Venture Will Offer Free Courses That Students Can Take for College Credit
Goldie Blumenstyk, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Students looking to claim college credit without paying anything for the classes now have another option, courtesy of a project called Freshman Year for Free.

The venture, being formally unveiled today, includes a catalog of online courses in more than 40 subjects that were developed by academics affiliated with major universities across the country. Leaders of the Modern States Education Alliance, the New York City philanthropy behind the project, call it an "on ramp" to college.
Shuttered For-Profit Re-Emerges
Paul Fain, Inside Hgher Ed
The Obama administration shut down Globe University, but an affiliated university bought four of its Wisconsin campuses with the backing of the Trump administration and a state regulator with a tough reputation on for-profits.
Tennessee Reconnect Helps Adults Hop Back On Degree Track
Kendi A. Rainwater, Chattanooga Times Free Press
Returning to school full time at the age of 46 was a culture shock for Allen Hunter. The hard work and long days at Chattanooga State Community College are worth it, he says, because a degree will qualify him for a glut of jobs.

Hunter is one of more than 46,400 Hamilton County working-age residents who have earned some college credit but no degree and are now eligible to return to school for free thanks to a program called Tennessee Reconnect.
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At Long Last, Signs That College Tuition Might Come Down
Anya Kamenetz, NPR
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Annual tuition hikes have been pretty much a given in higher ed, but recently, there are signs that the decades-long rise in college costs is nearing a peak.

Students, Parents Increasingly Worried About Persisting Through College, Financial Impact of Withdrawals
Brittany Hackett, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
How to Mentor From Miles Away
Elisha Brown, The Atlantic
Basic Needs Security and the Syllabus
Sara Goldrick-Rab, Medium
A College Prep Forum for Students of Color
Rob Dillard, Iowa Public Radio (Iowa)
Promise Programs Pass in Two States
AACC 21st Century Center
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