Top stories in higher ed for Monday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
December 2, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
Michigan College's Health Care Programs Are Proving to Be a Perfect Prescription
Focus Magazine
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At Jackson College, a community college about 80 miles west of Detroit, officials take practical and proactive steps to help their students forge solid careers in health care.

In the fall of 2016, the college created a system of “guided pathways” in broad fields of study. Students now have clearer paths to the credentials they seek—whether degree or non-degree—and they thrive because of the intensive, personal advising the college offers.

Jamie Merisotis
New Education Dept. Tool Allows Students to See Federal Debt Total Before Borrowing More Money
Danielle McLean, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Students and their parents will soon be able to see how much they owe in federal student debt before agreeing to borrow more money to pay for a degree.

Collectively, 45 million borrowers owe more than $1.5 trillion in student loan debt and default at a rate of more than 10 percent. Students are often in the dark on the total amount of federal debt they will have accrued when they start making payments. The U.S. Department of Education’s new “Informed Borrower Tool” will try to bring transparency to the process.

Jamie Merisotis
Company Tackles Campus Food Insecurity
Madeline St. Amour, Inside Higher Ed
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While Santa Monica College’s Center for Media Design is conveniently located in the California city’s entertainment district, the area lacks easy access to affordable food options for students and faculty.

A company called Everytable aims to solve the school's “food desert” problem by adjusting the costs of its food to match the needs of the area.

Jamie Merisotis
Campus Staff and Instructors With DACA Status Face Uncertainty, Too
Sara Weissman, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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There’s a lot of talk about students in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). But there’s little conversation about university instructors and staff with DACA status wrestling with the same uncertainty.

Gabriel Hernández Acosta is an admissions counselor at Mount Mercy University. His DACA status is what allows him to work in the United States. Now he fears for his job—and his students—as the fate of DACA remains in flux.  

Finding New Life
Rick Seltzer, Inside Higher Ed
Study: Veterans More Likely to Hold Non-Degree Credentials
Sarah Wood, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
What Role Should Faculty Play in CBE Models?
Brooks Doherty, eCampus News
Opinion: Changing Workforce, Act 76 Place Focus on Career Education
Alicia Harvey-Smith, TribLIVE (Pennsylvania)
How to Actually Promote Diversity in STEM
Freeman A. Hrabowski III and Peter H. Henderson, The Atlantic
Commentary: Standardized Tests Reward Kids From Wealthy Families
Eloy Ortiz Oakley, The San Diego Union-Tribune
Broken Promises and Debt Pile Up as Loan Forgiveness Goes Astray
Erica L. Green and Stacy Cowley, The New York Times
A Look at High and Low Earning Programs of Study
Robert Kelchen, Washington Monthly
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