Top stories in higher ed for Monday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
December 4, 2017
Amherst College’s Telementoring Program Aids Disadvantaged High Schoolers in Chasing College Dreams—Even If They Don’t Include Amherst
Laura Fay, The 74
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Araceli Alvarez is the first in her family to attend college. A senior at Amherst College, she plans to go to law school and become an immigration rights attorney after she graduates in May. As the daughter of Mexican immigrants who grew up speaking Spanish, she might never have gotten this far without the help of mentors to advise and encourage her.

Now, Alvarez assists students like herself through a mentoring program at Amherst that guides high school seniors in their college search—no matter which institution of higher learning they eventually choose.

Senate Passes Tax Bill With Major Implications for Higher Ed
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
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Early Saturday morning, the U.S. Senate narrowly approved major tax legislation that would tax the largest private college endowments, create new cost burdens for business unrelated to educational missions, and could put new strains on state budgets that fund public universities.
Higher Education Act Proposal Primes Fight Over Future of Colleges
Douglas Belkin and Melissa Korn, The Wall Street Journal
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The sprawling, 542-page revamp of the Higher Education Act released Friday by Rep. Virginia Foxx kicks off what could be a year-long legislative process aimed at reshaping the playing field for postsecondary education.
The 2017 Influence List
The Chronicle of Higher Education
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The Chronicle of Higher Education's 2017 Influence List features eight people who affected federal policy, campus culture, and the national conversation about education in 2017—and who are likely to remain influential in the year ahead.

One Man's 'Failure' Is This College's Success
Ron Fournier, Crain's Chicago Business
Filling the Gap: State Establishes New Apprenticeship Program
Stacey Federoff, Pittsburgh Business Times
As Higher Education Grows More Crucial, How Can It Be Improved?
Beckie Supiano, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Essay: The Other Student Debt Crisis
David Scobey, Inside Higher Ed
Commentary: For Colleges, a Rural Reckoning
Douglas Belkin, The Wall Street Journal
Students Help Lead at OC
Ruth Campbell, Odessa American
Focus On an Affordable, Quality Education
Ellie Ashford, Community College Daily
Opinion: Student Loan Debt Problem Has 2 Solutions
Walter Wendler, Amarillo Globe-News
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