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Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
February 8, 2019
Grand Rapids Program Helps First-Generation and Minority Students Get To and Through College
Isabella Isaacs-Thomas, Michigan Radio
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It's a happy day when college acceptance letters arrive and high school students start on their journey to obtain a postsecondary degree. But students who are the first in their families to attend a university face unique challenges, particularly if they lack mentors to help guide them through the complexities of college life. 

The T2C Studio: Grand Rapids Center for College Success program offers that guidance, getting students "to and through" college. High school and college students who reach out to T2C can find support in determining what colleges are best for them, completing college applications and financial aid forms, locating scholarship opportunities, and more. 
Over 60, and Crushed by Student Loan Debt
AnnaMaria Andriotis, The Wall Street Journal
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One generation of Americans owed $86 billion in student loan debt at last count. Its members are all 60 years old or more. Many of these seniors took out loans to help pay for their children's college tuition and are still paying them off. 

The borrowing buildup has upended the traditional arc of adult life for many Americans. Many seniors are finding they have to work longer, holding onto positions younger adults might otherwise receive. They’re relying on credit cards and personal loans to pay for basic expenses. And some must seek financial help from family.

Tech Is Splitting the U.S. Work Force in Two
Eduardo Porter, The New York Times
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The forecast of an America where robots do all the work may be a Silicon Valley pipe dream. But automation is changing the nature of work, flushing workers without a college degree out of productive industries, like manufacturing and high-tech services, and into tasks with meager wages and no prospect for advancement. 

UW-Madison Brings Student Outcomes Data Crunchers Into Aid Office
James Paterson, Education Dive
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As concerns over college access and affordability garner increasing attention, the University of Wisconsin-Madison is seeking solutions with the launch of the Student Success Through Applied Research (SSTAR) Lab. The lab brings researchers on student outcomes into the school's financial aid office to help improve support for underserved students. 

UW-Madison has already used data from the collaboration to develop the Bucky's Tuition Promise scholarship, which began covering tuition and some fees this fall for about 800 in-state students with family incomes of $56,000 or less. 
Help Wanted Minnesota: Engineering CEO Feels Crunch of Tight Labor Market, Skills Gap
Mollee Francisco, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal
Guides to Ascending the On-Ramp in Higher Education: Connecting Dots
George McCully, New England Journal of Higher Education
Support, Networking Part of the HBCU Experience
Ruth Campbell, Odessa American
Commentary: Getting Students to Complete College
Victoria Juarez, Lompoc Record
States Move on CTE Policies
Matthew Dembicki, Community College Daily
Governor Signs Two Executive Orders Targeting Education Improvements
Suzette Porter, Tampa Bay Newspapers (Florida)
Opinion: Delaware Should Level the Playing Field for Non-College Students
Brian Pettyjohn and Gary Stockbridge, The News Journal
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