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 20, 2017
Should Colleges Ask for a Slice of Future Wages to Offset Current College Costs?
Patti Zarling, Education Dive
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Lackawana College in Scranton, Pennsylvania, joins a growing number of institutions turning to income-share agreements to help students finance their degrees.

Enrollment Slide Continues, at Slower Rate
Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed
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College enrollments in the U.S. decline for a sixth straight year—although at a slower rate—while the bachelor's degree got more popular.
Can Mitchonomics Fix the Broken Business of Higher Ed?
Romesh Ratnesar, Bloomberg
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Mitch Daniels believes postsecondary education needs to change. Since becoming president of Purdue University in 2013, Daniels' priorities include controlling costs, better measuring of learning outcomes, and improving college completion rates among Indiana’s adult workforce.

His approach to education reform seems to be working. Undergraduate applications and enrollment at Purdue have hit record levels, as have alumni donations, graduation rates, and the number of startups launched by researchers.

The 2017 Higher Education Top 10 List
Robert Kelchen, Kelchen on Education
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The year of 2017 has been an eventful one in higher education. Robert Kelchen, assistant professor of higher education at Seton Hall University, offers his thoughts on the top high-impact events taking place over the past 12 months. 
Can a College Education Solve the Nation’s Prison Crisis?
Kelly Field, The Chronicle of Higher Educatoin
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SCI Muncy, in Central Pennsylvania, isn’t an educational institution. It’s a state correctional institution. The students in this classroom wear rust-colored uniforms, not college sweatshirts, and they have to pass through a metal detector to use the bathroom.

The women’s prison is part of a federal experiment to test whether providing a free college education to inmates can improve their behavior inside the prison, increase their odds of finding work when they’re out, and ultimately reduce recidivism. More than 60 colleges and 7,000 inmates are participating in the pilot, which has opened up the Pell Grant program to state and federal prisoners for the first time in more than 20 years. 

Opinion: A Partnership for the Region's Future
John Capps and Rex D. Geveden, The News & Advance
As Post-Recession Recovery Continues, College Completion Rates Inch Up
Allie Bidwell, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
Essay: Creating Social Change and Student Success
Kevin Kruger and Catherine Parkay, Inside Higher Ed
Video: Southern Cal’s Bensimon on Measuring Equity
John O. Harney, New England Board of Higher Education
Infighting and Turmoil in N.J.
Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed
How States Are Implementing Transition Curricula
Community College Research Center
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