Top stories in higher ed for Wednesday
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, 2019
California's Online Community College Chooses Its Leader
Mark Lieberman, Inside Higher Ed
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California's new online community college has made a key hire, pending approval today from the institution's Board of Trustees. Heather Hiles, an entrepreneur and Gates Foundation alum, will serve as chief executive officer of the new institution.

The institution, which still lacks a name, is set to begin this fall with competency-based certificate programs for the state's adult learners.
Colleges' Message to Low-Income Students: You Can Afford to Attend
James Paterson, Education Dive
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Last year, some 661,000 low-income high school graduates failed to cash in on $2.6 billion in financial aid because they didn't complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Lack of information about how to do the paperwork is one barrier. Concerns about immigration status, a criminal record, or limited English skills also prevent some students from filling out a FAFSA or applying for other forms of assistance.

By cutting the red tape around financial aid, public and private institutions of all sizes are reaching students who think they are priced out of attending. 

Think ACT Is Just a College-Admissions Test? Think Again
Goldie Blumenstyk, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Once defined by the college-admissions test, ACT has been quietly converting itself from a testing company into a multidimensional educational enterprise. Having put tens of millions of dollars into several major acquisitions and investments, the nonprofit is now increasingly selling products and services to colleges for their enrollment-management operations, their developmental-education programming, and even their classroom analytics systems. It's also beefing up its offerings of tests and tools for the growing workplace-readiness market.

Sen. Alexander Proposes Three Major Reforms to HEA
LaMont Jones. Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander is on a mission to overhaul the federal Higher Education Act by the end of the year. 

During an event held Monday at the American Enterprise Institute, the chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions and former Tennessee governor offered several proposals for reform. Among his suggestions: simplifying the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), improving the student loan repayment system, and creating more institutional accountability.
Want to Develop More Workers? How to Connect With Colleges
Nick Dmitrovich, Building Indiana (Indiana)
Report Explores the Effects of Reaching a College Completion Rate of 84 Percent
Joelle Fredman, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators 
Report Stresses Need for Improved Career Pathways
Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
Opinion: Helping Students Cross the Finish Line
Robert Carothers, Warwick Beacon
More AP Success; Racial Gaps Remain
Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed
Commentary: In Support of Rural Higher Education, Economic Diversity, and Democracy
Yves Salomon-Fernández, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Charting a Course to College Completion
Alliance College-Ready Public Schools
Dual Enrollment: Participation and Characteristics
National Center for Education Statistics
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