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Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
December 10, 2018
Switching Majors Is Adding Time and Tuition to the Already High Cost of College
Jon Marcus, The Hechinger Report
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As a freshman, Erin Crowley had no idea what she wanted to do. She eventually declared a major in psychology and a minor in art. Almost two full years in school, however, she switched her major to accounting.

Only through an exhausting regimen of night school, on top of a heavy schedule of six daytime courses per semester, has the daughter of a single mother managed to avoid the extra time and tuition it would have taken to stay in school for more than four years.

Crowley is among the lucky ones. Although almost none of them expect to, nearly six in 10 students in pursuit of bachelor’s degrees do take longer than four years to graduate, even further increasing that financial burden, and forestalling the careers they often need to pay for it.

As Adults Return to College, Schools Try to Remove Barriers
Martha Dalton, WABE
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The image of a "traditional" college student is changing. Increasingly, schools are reaching out to "non-traditional" students. They tend to be older, live off-campus, and may have other responsibilities like full-time jobs or children. 

Genesis Appiah is a 31-year-old single mom who returned to college full time last year. She's working toward a psychology degree at Clayton State University. Appiah has attended college on and off since graduating from high school. She has been able to find work, but says she felt replaceable because she didn't have a four-year degree.

When she returned to school, Appiah said the challenges of juggling care for her 3-year-old daughter and taking a full course load took their toll. Then she heard about a program called Boost. It's a collaboration between Clayton State, Columbus State, Georgia Southern, and childcare nonprofit Quality Care for Children. Boost subsidizes childcare for low-income parents who've returned to college full time. It also helps parents find high-quality childcare centers for their children.

Inside the Effort to Give Inmates Access to Federal Student Grants for College
Elissa Nadworny, NPR
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Inmates are among the least educated people in America, but few prisons offer opportunities beyond a GED. This is despite research that shows education is one of the most effective ways to keep people from coming back to prison.

NPR visits a facility in Alabama that is piloting a program using federal funds to help inmates get a college degree. 

How Colleges Are Preparing Students for Jobs That Don’t Exist Yet
Gretchen Frazee, PBS NewsHour
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Those who study the intersection of education and the future of work say the four-year learning model needs to be rethought in a big way. They say education can no longer be seen as something that stops when a person graduates from college.

Some universities are already trying to make the shift to a lifelong learning ecosystem, largely by adapting their programs to better suit an ever-shifting work landscape. At the University of Utah, for example, the new Degree Plus program seeks to fill the job skills gap with eight-week courses intended as an add-on to a student's main degree. The courses include data analysis, web design and digital marketing, all taught by industry professionals.

Short-Term Certificates Deliver Career-Long Benefits
Suzanne Pardington Effros, Portland Business Journal
Harvard Offers First Coding Boot Camp
Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed
Opinion: Employers Need New Strategies
Tom Palisin, Lancaster Online
Addressing Hunger on College Campuses
Meghan Reistad, WMTV (Wisconsin)
ExcelinEd Summit Explores Innovative Education Reform Efforts
Tiffany Pennamon, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Fallout From For-Profit College Chain’s Closure Could Have Been Prevented
Eric Kelderman, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Podcast: Gainful Employment Roadblocks, a CFPB Spinoff, and Smartphone Dispute
Off the Cuff (National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators)
The Education Department’s Debit Card Pilot Could Threaten Student Aid
Colleen Campbell, Center for American Progress
The Answers Needed on Public Service Loan Forgiveness Denials
Ben Miller, Center for American Progress
The Power of Guaranteed Admissions
Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed
Editorial: College Must Be Affordable
Winston-Salem Journal (North Carolina)
Opinion: Yes, Student Loans Really Are Making Millennials Go Broke
Maggie Thompson and Senya Merchant, The Hill
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