Top stories in higher ed for Thursday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
December 19, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
University Campuses Are the Next Frontier of Homelessness
Carly Stern, OZY
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After attending sociology classes all day at Humboldt State University, Chant’e Catt, 37, didn’t return to a dorm or an apartment. She slept in a gray minivan. 

Humboldt doesn’t guarantee on-campus accommodations to students, who must navigate an air-tight housing market. Catt eventually moved into her own place about 45 miles from campus with her young daughter, partner, and two dogs.

Catt now works at Humboldt as an off-campus housing coordinator. In this first-of-its-kind role within the California State University system, she maintains an inventory of housing availability, helps students find homes, and gathers data on a food and housing insecurity crisis that’s intensifying on her campus and nationwide. 

Jamie Merisotis
He Helps Parents Get a Second Chance at Learning
Elisha Brown, The New York Times
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Croilot Semexan moved from Port-au-Prince to Bridgeport, Connecticut, as a young child. In school, he struggled to fit in. Today, he sees many parallels between his journey and those of the parents he works with at the Educational Alliance, a nonprofit organization in New York City.

Since 2013, Semexan has helped parents of children who are enrolled in the group's Head Start program pursue education. He guides prospective students through the application process to vocational schools, high school equivalency programs, or two- or four-year college, teaches financial literacy, and runs an English as a Second Language program.

Jamie Merisotis
Climbing a Broken Ladder: In Memphis, a Single Father Returns to School
Aditi Malhotra, Snapshot: A Quick Focus on Learning
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By the time he arrived at the Excel Center in January 2019, Tavarus Isom was 28 and a father of two. The fact that he had no high school diploma made it tough for him to find a job that could sustain him and his children.

In Memphis, where the proportion of unemployed young people stands among the highest in the country, the Excel Center is the one high school that serves only adults. It allows individuals like Isom to resume their education and graduate with a diploma, not an equivalent certification such as the GED. It also offers child care—a vital service to many at the Excel Center, whose students largely come from predominantly low-income, African-American neighborhoods in Memphis.

Jamie Merisotis
International Students Worry as a Popular Work Program Is Questioned
David Zheng Zong, WGBH
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lan Chen worries every day about what he will do after his college graduation in May.

A Chinese immigrant living in Boston, Chen says his future depends on a federal immigration program called “optional practical training” that allows recent graduates or current students from other countries to gain experience in their field for up to a year.

But recent efforts to kill the program in the U.S. Congress, the White House, and the courts have left Chen and many other foreign students wondering if they will have to change plans and quickly move back to their native countries.

The Machines Are Learning, and So Are the Students
Craig S. Smith, The New York Times
New Model for Community Colleges
Madeline St. Amour, Inside Higher Ed
From Career to Classroom
Kelsey Dudley, Grand Junction Daily Sentinel (Colorado)
Blog: The Path to Stagnation for Higher Ed Providers
Peter Smith, Rethinking Higher Education
Study Shows Higher Ed for Single Mothers Pays Dividends
Lois Elfman, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Re-Enrolling Adults Who Dropped Out
Madeline St. Amour, Inside Higher Ed
Students Can’t Afford to Work Their Way Through College, Report Finds
Sara Weissman, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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