Top stories in higher ed for Tuesday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
December 3, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
The Young-Parent Balancing Act
The Urban Institute
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Working full time and taking college classes as a single mother left Coral Castro with little time to spend with her daughter, Diana. But Castro made the most of every opportunity, carting school books to the playground so she could keep one eye on her homework and the other on Diana. 

Parents can improve their long-term financial stability by working and going to school at the same time. But they need support to overcome challenges that can get in the way.

Jamie Merisotis
Bringing Higher Education Into the Wild in Alaska
Anya Kamenetz, NPR
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For Laura Marcus, dreams of college began with a rejection. As a high schooler in Indiana, she wanted to attend Deep Springs College, a small institution located on a working cattle ranch in California. Students practice self-governance. That is, they help run the school.

There was one problem: From its founding in 1917 up until 2018, Deep Springs accepted only men.

By the time she got to Yale University, Marcus had decided that if she wouldn't be allowed into Deep Springs, she'd create a new one—and it would be open to all.

Jamie Merisotis
Black Borrowers Default at Higher Rates
Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed
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A new analysis of federal data shows that African Americans who entered college in 2011 and took out federal student loans defaulted on those loans at sharply higher rates than did their peers of other races.

The study notes that policy makers might have hoped that the cohort of students who entered college in 2011-2012 would fare better because they enrolled after the creation of new federal programs linking borrowers' repayment to their income.

Jamie Merisotis
The Odds Are Still Stacked Against Low-Income College Students; Here Are Some Ways to Expand the Possibilities
Aimée Eubanks-Davis, The Hechinger Report
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This fall, 1.2 million low-income or first-generation students started on a path to college. Filled with a sense of possibility, they believe their education will result in good-paying jobs that enable them to pay back loans, help their parents or other family members financially, and lead a self-sustaining life. 

Instead, many college graduates from low-income backgrounds struggle. The founder of Braven, a college-to-career accelerator, talks about improving the odds for low-income college students. 

Wisconsin's Job Market Has Shifted Since Great Recession
Paul Gores, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Opinion: What’s in Store for the 2020 Workforce?
Edythe Copeland, Lansing State Journal (Michigan)
Opinion: Getting Students the Support They Need
Marisa Vernon White, Alison Musser, Anna Fogel, and Josh Breeden, Crain's Cleveland Business
Opinion: Student Experiences in Survey Findings Can't Be Ignored in State Financial Aid Redesign
Marlene Garcia and Monica Lozano, The Bakersfield Californian
Blog: Gathering for Prison Reform
Gerard Robinson, American Enterprise Institute
Opinion: Affordability Remains the Focus for Colleges
Scott D. Miller, The Virginian-Pilot
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