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 21, 2017
‘Dreamers’ Make Desperate Plea on Capitol Hill
Julia Schmalz, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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They came from campuses across the country. They came with hope and conviction. And they came with a firm message: Time is running out.

Undocumented college students took to the halls of Capitol Hill on Tuesday, joining several hundred supporters of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program. Amid the scramble in Congress to pass a tax overhaul, the students pressed lawmakers not to forget them or that the program expires in March without new legislation.

How Georgia State Stopped Students From Slipping Through the Cracks
Martha Dalton, WABE
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Georgia State University has become a model for colleges across the country when it comes to helping students graduate on time. Seventy-six percent of students who enroll at GSU earn a bachelor’s degree on time from some institution. Also, Georgia State has eliminated achievement gaps based on race, ethnicity, or income.

At the heart of GSU's success is an early-warning system based on predictive analytics that allows administrators and counselors to intervene when students are at risk for going off track academically. 
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Only 3% of Former Foster Children Graduate College. Here’s How Universities Are Working to Change That
Beau Yarbrough, The Orange County Register
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As a student at Cal State University, Sharon Luisjuan found herself homeless for three months. Instead of a dorm, she would go to the bottom of a bridge near the San Bernardino campus.

A former foster youth who had aged out of the system, Luisjuan beat the odds and earned a college degree with the help of CSUSB’s Renaissance Scholars program. Cal State and University of California campuses offer such programs across the state. They provide former foster youths with educational support, peer support, counseling, housing assistance, financial support, and even food.

Higher Education Is the Economic Catalyst
Jenna Saucedo-Herrera, San Antonio Express-News
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No matter what economic advantages a city has to offer, education, traditional or otherwise, must be part of that package. Having a strong network of engaged educational partners is a critical asset that is undeniably linked to a thriving and growing economy.
Access and Equity: Are Community Colleges the Answer?
Kimberly Beatty, Community College Daily
A Small College With a Big Endowment Gets Snared in Tax Bill
Adam Harris, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Next Governor Should Lead the Way on Workforce Development
Ed Cervone, Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel
The Education of Lyle Clinton May
Nick Roll, Inside Higher Ed
Free SUNY Tuition: No Enrollment Growth Yet
Joseph Spector, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
New Scholarship Would Help Students Cross the Finish Line
Jeremy Ervin, Port Huron Times Herald
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