Top stories in higher ed for Friday
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, 2018
Second Chance Pell Students Earn College Degree
Katti Gray, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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From the medium-security prison where he's been incarcerated since 2009, Robert M. Williams is discussing his wayward teenage years and his planned future in fashion. Just moments later, a piped-in version of "Pomp and Circumstance" fills a makeshift auditorium at the Arkansas Department of Corrections' Wrightsville Unit.

That anthem kick-started the evening's college commencement for Williams, 22 other incarcerated persons, and two individuals who'd been recently released from prison and, under an Obama-era pilot project, earned their associate degrees while behind bars. 

Historic Latino Student Wave Reshapes Many Colleges. But Access Is Uneven.
Nick Anderson, The Washington Post
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More Latino students than ever are moving through high school to the doorstep of college, challenging higher education to adapt to a new demographic reality.

And they are finding the gates to college open unevenly.

In recent years, hundreds of colleges and universities have become magnets for Latino students. Others, including the most prestigious, appear ill-equipped to find and serve a population that often needs significant support in the long journey from application to graduation. But educators say it is perilous to overlook a vast pool of potential students that will shape the nation's economic future.

Passion, Purpose, and Plan: Guiding Students Toward Success at Work
Joe Fuller, Harvard Business School
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The largest charter school network in the United States, KIPP, is preparing young people to lead what CEO Richard Barth calls "choice-filled lives." In this podcast, Barth reflects on the future of schools and what is needed to connect students to employers and a lifetime of employment. 

Closing the Gap at Hocking College
Shannon Moore-Zuffoletto, AACC 21st Century Center
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The path to affordability looks different from institution to institution. At the recent EDUCAUSE annual meeting in Denver, Colo., Betty Young, President of Hocking College in Nelsonville, Ohio, spoke on her vision for bringing affordable college courses to students.

Passionate about arming her students for their careers but not driving them deeper into debt, Young is launching an all-inclusive pricing model for students at Hocking where full-time students will play just $300 per semester for all course materials starting fall 2019. 

Push for Student-Level Data the Feds Don’t Collect
Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed
Most Trustees Believe That Public Approves of Higher Ed
Eric Kelderman, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Lumina Foundation Grant Aimed at Strengthening Student Success
Monica Levitan, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
He Struggled at School, But Now Success Is Adding Up
John L. Dorman, The New York Times
Senate Passes Bill to Streamline FAFSA
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
National College Completion Rate Continues to Rise
Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed
Letters to the Editor: College Is More Than a Piece of Paper
Landon Troester, The Salt Lake Tribune
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