Top stories in higher ed for Friday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
December 1, 2017
College and Bust: Why So Many Students Don’t Stay the Course
Joshua Johnson, NPR
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College completion rates vary widely in America. But millions drop out and the costs are staggering. How do we help more students stay the course? On this episode of NPR's 1ASandy Baum, a member of the Commission on the Future of Undergraduate Education and a senior fellow at the Urban Institute, weighs in on students leaving college with debt, but not degrees.

Expanding Apprenticeships Across More Jobs
Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed
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Apprenticeships are commonly identified with skilled trades such as welding and carpentry, but new research indicates that expanding apprenticeships into other occupations would lead to more job opportunities.

The Free College Movement Must Not Leave Adults Behind
Jesse O'Connell, Lumina Foundation
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Damaris Ortiz, a native of Mexico who immigrated to California as a teenager, studied hard to learn English, excelled in high school, and spent nearly 10 years working toward her associate degree. 

Now pursuing a bachelor’s degree, the path for Ortiz remains difficult. She and many students like her have obligations that go far beyond the classroom, which is why states need to emphasize policies that better meet students’ needs.
Why Small Colleges Should Take the Plunge Into Online Education
Pat Donachie, Education Dive
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Nontraditional students now comprise nearly three-quarters of America’s college population. With many young adults working, caring for families, or traveling on the job, commuting to campus may present real hardship. Small colleges are taking note with online programs that open education to those who cannot attend otherwise.

Opinion: The Right Way to Fix Universities
Emily J. Levine and Mitchell L. Stevens, New York Times
Commentary: Getting a Jump-Start on Higher Education
Michael J. Martirano, The Baltimore Sun
Why Michigan Needs Newcomers. Told in 5 Data Maps.
Mike Wilkinson and Ron French, Bridge Michigan
The Future of Undergraduate Education, The Future of America
Commission on the Future of Undergraduate Education
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