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 17, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
Photo: Neil Nakahodo
Graduation Rate of 35 Percent? Many Foster Children ‘Robbed of a Good Education’
Laura Bauer and Judy Thomas, The Kansas City Star
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Many kids who age out of foster care will end up homeless, jobless, and in prison because, in part, they were shortchanged on education. Shuffled from home to home, often sent outside their original school districts, they fall behind early and don’t catch up.

In every pocket of the nation, high school graduation rates for foster children are significantly lower than for all other “special population groups,” including homeless students and those with disabilities. Nationally, 2 to 9 percent of foster youth obtain a bachelor’s degree.

Jamie Merisotis
How Affordable Are Public Colleges in Your State?
The Education Trust
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For millions of college-going students, one of the most urgent concerns is the rising cost of college and how to pay for it—and not just for tuition but other necessities like textbooks, housing, food, and transportation. The idea that one can work one’s way through college with a minimum-wage job is, in most cases, a myth.

A new report examines just how much beyond their means students from low-income backgrounds are being asked to pay for a college degree at both public four-year institutions and community and technical colleges in each state.

Jamie Merisotis
New Kind of Student Loan Gains Major Support. Is There a Downside?
Kevin Carey, The Upshot
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Income-share agreements are being promoted by U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Silicon Valley, and even a few traditional colleges and universities as a substitute for student loans. But are they? Some say income-share agreements may wind up merely shifting the payment burden from some students to others.

Jamie Merisotis
Six Lessons From Louisiana About Helping Students Obtain Federal Aid for College
Amanda Kruger Hill, The Hechinger Report
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One way to help young people from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds enter and complete college is through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). But to receive federal financial aid, students must first complete the forms. 

Louisiana has the highest FAFSA completion rate in the country. Its innovative programs and practices serve as lessons for other states working to improve college access. 

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Lilah Burke, Inside Higher Ed
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Arthur Levine, Inside Higher Ed
Say Yes Sends More Cleveland Students to College
Patrick O'Donnell, The Plain Dealer
‘Math Misalignment’ Shuts Many Out of STEM Careers
Ellie Ashford, Community College Daily
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Wheelhouse: The Center for Community College Leadership and Research 
Fall 2019 Current Term Enrollment Estimates
National Student Clearinghouse Research Center
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