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 13, 2018
All In With Credential Engine
Credential Engine
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Leaders from business, education, and the workforce are stepping up to support Credential Engine as it brings transparency and literacy to the marketplace. Learn why with this short video.
Overwhelmed by Student Debt, Many Low-Income Students Drop Out
Alex Baumhardt and Emily Hanford, APM Reports
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Alduha Leon was the first person in his family to go to college. He wanted to earn a degree in marine science from Savannah State University. His income is low enough that he qualified for a federal Pell grant, but even so he'd taken out more than $20,000 in loans to afford three years of school. Between classes during the day, and night shifts at the Atlanta airport loading luggage onto planes, Leon was exhausted. He felt broke all the time. After three years, he dropped out.

Bringing Back Adult Students Takes More Than a Catchy Campaign
Goldie Blumenstyk, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Increasingly, college and state leaders are realizing that if ever there was a time for more attention on recruiting adult students and seeing them through, this is it. Serving that population is critical to our economy, and in many cases, institutions' own financial health. 

Post-High School Attainment Update Shows Progress, But Many Are Still Left Behind
Courtney Brown, Lumina Foundation
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The country is making steady progress in education and training after high school, with a higher proportion of Americans holding degrees and certificates. But large gaps remain across racial and ethnic groups.

Food Pantries, Loaned Textbooks and Child Care: California's Community Colleges Help Needy Students
Mikhail Zinshteyn, EdSource
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Providing access and affordability extends beyond helping students with tuition costs. Consider the story of Michael Jaramillo. His life after graduating high school included episodes of homelessness and sleeping in laundromats, hospital waiting rooms, other people’s cars, and on the rooftops of apartment buildings.

Jaramillo is now a student at Los Angeles Valley College and the benefactor of the school's efforts to help students struggling with hunger or homelessness.
Acosta Promotes ‘Demand-Driven Education’
Ellie Ashford, Community College Daily
How to Identify and Invest in High-Achieving, Low-Income Students
Lee Gardner, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Equity Gaining Emphasis in Assessing Student Outcomes
Lois Elfman, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Ohio Colleges See Rise in Food Insecurity on Campus
Jennifer Smola, The Columbus Dispatch
Commentary: When ‘Failure Is OK’ Is Not OK
Tyler Hallmark, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Opinion: We Can’t Turn Our Backs on Dreamers
Derrick Smith, Spartanburg Herald Journal
SUNY Grant Helps Extend Binghamton Program for Non-Traditional Students
Eric Reinhardt, The Central New York Business Journal
Advising Equals Engaged Students
Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed
Opinion: It Takes a Governor to Raise the State
Michael Douglas, Akron Beacon Journal
Show Me the Way: The Power of Advising in Community Colleges
Center for Community College Student Engagement
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