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 28, 2017
The Biggest Education Stories of 2017 and 2018
Anya Kamenetz, NPR
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Big changes may be on the horizon for postsecondary education with the Higher Education Act now in the House. The bill is a long way from becoming law, but right now it includes fewer loan programs, lower limits and an end to forgiveness programs such as Public Service Loan Forgiveness. Plus, there is support for quicker, cheaper, career programs focused on job training.
Programs Let Inmates Earn University Degree While in Prison
Voice of America
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In 2012, Rena Sard was sentenced to five years in prison at the Maryland Correctional Institute for Women. She was 47 years old.

Sard enrolled in the Goucher Prison Education Partnership (GPEP), a program with Goucher College in Baltimore. With GPEP, and programs like it, inmates can use their time in prison to earn a college degree. 

What Gallup Learned About Higher Education in 2017
Gallup
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Increasing students' exposure to work-integrated learning broadens the information they can draw upon when choosing a field of study, ultimately leading them to make better-informed decisions. 

Making the College Promise a National Reality, One City at a Time
Martha Kanter, The EvoLLLution
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The College Promise Campaign offers the possibility for greater numbers of individuals of all ages to get the critical knowledge and skills they need to succeed in today’s labor market, but there’s work to be done by leaders at every level of America’s education ecosystem.
College Program Preps Workers for What’s Next
Anna Schuessler, The Daily Journal
These Are the Smartest Places in Upstate New York
G. Scott Thomas, Buffalo Business First
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