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 18, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
Paul Quinn College's Push Into Plano ‘Pioneering a Model,’ President Says
Bill Hethcock, Dallas Business Journal
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It’s been more than a year since southern Dallas-based Paul Quinn College launched its second campus in Plano.

Paul Quinn-Plano operates under an Urban Work College Model program developed by the college. The program helps students get access to jobs, housing, and assistance with college loans. The aim is to make higher education more affordable for lower-income students. 

Michael Sorrell, president of Paul Quinn College, discusses the Plano campus and its new partnership with JPMorgan Chase & Co. in this interview. 

Jamie Merisotis
Stepping Back From the Cliff: Facing New Realities of Changing Student Demographics
The EvoLLLution
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The “typical” college student is no longer the norm. Students 25 years of age and older make up a significant percentage of today’s college goers. Many work at full-time jobs and care for children on their own—or both.

James Shaeffer of Eastern Shore Community College offers insight on the role continuing education (CE) departments can play as drivers of innovation to better serve today's adult learners.

Jamie Merisotis
'We Don't Want to Lose This Generation'—The Push to Get Native American Students to SoCal Colleges
Adolfo Guzman-Lopez, LAist
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Walk the campus of California State University, San Bernardino and you'll see the name of a 19th century Native American leader who fought off genocide against his tribe. Tribal donations helped build the Santos Manuel Student Union.

It's harder, however, to find Native American students on the 20,000-student campus. Only about 45 are enrolled this year.

The school's first tribal liaison, Vincent Whipple, was hired last January to turn those numbers around. Whipple is one of a handful of tribal liaisons on Cal State campuses charged with making Native American students feel welcome in settings where they have few peers. Lack of support is among the factors cited for the low college attendance and graduation rates for native students in the state.

Jamie Merisotis
Why Adults Quit College and How to Bring Them Back
Wendy Sedlak, Medium
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Over the past 20 years, more than 31 million students have enrolled in college and left without receiving a degree or certificate. Re-enrolling this “some college, no degree” population is at the center of many states’ plans for boosting the educational attainment of their population. 

Many people who “stop out” of school have a desire to keep learning, but they need financial assistance, advice, and other supports to get back on track.

Why Are Americans Not Going to College?
Alexandra Kelley, The Hill
Podcast: The Real Unemployment Numbers
Ramona Schindelheim, Work in Progress
Database Comparing Institutional Policies
Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed
Letters to the Editor: Colleges Must Offer More Than Industry Certification
Thomas Gauthier, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Report Outlines Policies and Reforms That Address Student Needs
Lois Elfman, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
To Counsel Readiness
Rick Dalton and Jon Reidel, New England Journal of Higher Education
Helping Those Living on the Edge
AACC 21st Century Center
Cuts Averted in Budget Deal
Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed
Essay: The Misguided Repeal of Gainful Employment
Jonathan Kaplan, Inside Higher Ed
State Agency Lands 'Earn and Learn' Certification
Alex Brown, Inside INdiana Business (Indiana)
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