Top stories in higher ed for Tuesday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
February 6, 2018
New Study Gives Americans in Fragile Communities a Voice
Steve Crabtree and Faith Gaines, Gallup
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A new Gallup survey finds that 66 percent of those polled who live in “fragile communities” — characterized as places where people struggle in their daily lives with few opportunities for social mobility — say that getting a college degree is “very important.” At the same time, just 19 percent of those surveyed agree that everyone has access to an affordable education.
Why It Matters That Tennessee Again Leads the Nation in Filing for College Financial Aid
Emily Siner, Nashville Public Radio
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A higher percentage of high school seniors from Tennessee have filled out their federal financial aid forms for college than from any other state. The attention paid to filing rates — just one step in a long process of getting students into college — shows its importance as an indicator of how many students will end up continuing their education.

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These Colleges Turn Low-Income Students Into Middle-Class Earners — But How?
Jill Barshay, The Hechinger Report
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CityTech, The New York City College of Technology in Brooklyn, is one of CUNY’s four-year colleges that gives some academically unqualified students extra financial aid and academic support. New research finds that this $2,700 program helps low-income students earn $4,000 more a year as adults than higher-income peers.

One Step to Rethinking Financial Aid: Completion Grants
Shari Garmise, The EvoLLLution
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Supporting and improving completion is a high priority for postsecondary leaders across the United States, and offering completion grants could help learners overcome some of the significant barriers standing in the way of attainment.
Foundations Essential to College Workforce Programs
Ellie Ashford, Community College Daily
Blog: When Discussing Apprenticeships, Keep in Mind the Big Picture
James Jacobs, Community College Research Center
Blog: Learning About Post-High School Pathways of Baltimore Youths
Rachel E. Durham, Bridging Research and Practice
Graduation Rates and Bright Lines
Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed
Are Admissions Gatekeepers Diverse Enough?
Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed
Rose Places Emphasis on Higher Education
Tom Kacich, The News-Gazette
What Higher Ed Leaders Need to Know About Retention
Autumn A. Arnett, Education Dive
The State of Opportunity in America
Center for Advancing Opportunity
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