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 22, 2017
Report: Challenges Persist for Latino Students
Joseph Hong, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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While more Latino students are enrolling in four-year colleges and universities than ever before and graduation rates are on the rise, only about half of Latino students who start college earn a bachelor’s degree.

As Congress begins to rewrite the Higher Education Act, a new report by The Education Trust shows a need to prioritize improving outcomes for Latino students and highlights colleges that are leading the way.
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For-Profit And Online Education: What's Going On?
Anya Kamenetz, NPR
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The recently introduced Higher Education Act bill, while still far from becoming law, includes many provisions the for-profit industry has been asking for as well, like a permanent end to the "gainful employment" rule. 

Industry watchers offer their take on the future of for-profit colleges and if they can rebound. 

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The Obstacles Unauthorized Students Face in Postsecondary Education
Christian Juarez, Center for American Progress
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Each year, about 65,000 unauthorized students who have been in the United States for five years or more graduate from high school, yet only an estimated 7,000 to 13,000 enroll in college overall. These numbers speak to the significant obstacles that unauthorized college—and aspiring college—students face, particularly around college affordability and access. 

The Metamorphosis of MOOCs
Fiona Hollands, EdSurge
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Increasingly, MOOCs are being packaged into series of courses with a non-degree credential being offered to those who successfully complete the series. Some people wonder whether these credentials could serve as an alternative to a degree. Others hope that they may provide a pathway to a degree. Most likely, these new options will emerge as a low-cost alternative to employer-provided training.
Debate Continues on Nursing Degrees
Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed
Shaping the Future Workforce – Jolen Anderson
Ramona Schindelheim, WorkingNation
Where Debt Comes Due at CSU: Unequal Debt Burdens Among California State University Graduates
Cal State Student Association and The Institute for College Access & Success
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