Top stories in higher ed for Wednesday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
December 4, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
Is California Saving Higher Education?
Jon Marcus and Felicia Mello, The Hechinger Report
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Jaelyn Deas and her four best friends shared everything, including late-night study sessions in the library at San Jose State University and a never-ending preoccupation with how they’d pay for their tuition there.

The one thing they didn’t do together? Graduate.

Deas considered quitting—until the university offered a grant to help her make the final sprint. It’s one example of the many ways that California is taking on seemingly intractable problems that are plaguing higher education nationwide.

Jamie Merisotis
Why More Colleges Are Teaching Financial Wellness
Alexander C. Kafka, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Colleges have been teaching financial skills for years, but they are committing to doing it more—and better. They are working it into orientations, first-year classes, requirements for internship or study-abroad stipends, and even making such training part of late-fee waiver agreements.

Jamie Merisotis
Cities Look to Address Food, Housing Insecurity Among College Students as a Way to Improve Regional Workforce
Andrea Lopez-Villafaña, The San Diego Union-Tribune
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San Diego County’s two largest cities—Chula Vista and San Diego—are taking part in a nationwide initiative to ensure students in pursuit of postsecondary education have access to basic needs, including food and housing.

City officials say that addressing these issues will increase the number of individuals who obtain degrees and credentials and, as a result, improve the region’s workforce.

Jamie Merisotis
Berea College: Has a U.S. University Cracked Student Debt?
Holly Honderich, BBC News
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The cost of a college degree is reshaping America. But as tuition prices soar across the country, one university in Kentucky has found a way to cover the costs. There's just one catch: The students have to work for it.

Students pay no tuition at Berea College, and every single one of them is enrolled in a work-study program. Labor Transcripts document students' work positions—from herding cattle on the Berea College Farm to performing research in state-of-the-art chemistry labs—and how well they performed at various tasks.

Nexus Degrees in Georgia
Madeline St. Amour, Inside Higher Ed
Watch Four Decades of Inequality Drive American Cities Apart
Emily Badger and Kevin Quealy, The New York Times
Lessons From Vermont’s Demographic Crisis
Scott Carlson, The Chronicle of Higher Education
HPOG Creates a Path Out of Poverty
Ellie Ashford, Community College Daily
Does Virtual Advising Increase College Enrollment?
National Bureau of Economic Research
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