Top stories in higher ed for Thursday
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, 2020
Jamie Merisotis
Report Examines Benefits of Higher Education for the Incarcerated
Shailaja Neelakantan, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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More than 600,000 people return to the community from incarceration each year. And most face a harsh reality: The odds are stacked against them.

Continued education is proven to have a notable impact on reducing recidivism. Yet, the vast majority of states have major barriers to postsecondary education opportunities for people during incarceration and upon release.

A new report provides a comprehensive, state-by-state analysis of postsecondary education policy and practices. It also identifies four fundamental “building blocks” that states can put in place to ensure that high-quality postsecondary education is readily accessible to currently and formerly incarcerated people.

Jamie Merisotis
What Millennials Want: Delivering Continuing Ed to Different Generations of Adult Learners
The EvoLLLution
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Different generations of adult learners are coming to continuing education for vastly different reasons. From millennials to baby boomers, each has unique goals, needs, and expectations of their postsecondary institution.

In this interview, Melissa Marcello and Gabe Clevenger of Champlain College discuss generational gaps in education and how institutions can adapt to this new learning shift. 

Jamie Merisotis
The Accreditation Reform Act of 2020: A Path Toward a More Equitable and High-Quality Higher Education System
Viviann Anguiano and Antoinette Flores, Center for American Progress
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Too few students today have access to a quality, high-return college education, particularly if they come from historically marginalized communities. A grave student debt problem, persistent disparate outcomes by race and income, and bad institutional actors who prey on society’s most vulnerable populations to make a profit are just a few of the urgent concerns.

Now, a new bill—the Accreditation Reform Act of 2020—aims to address some of these challenges by targeting an unreliable part of the higher education system: the U.S. Department of Education’s oversight of accreditation agencies. 

Jamie Merisotis
A College Merger Got Off to a Rocky Start. Here Are Some of the Lessons.
Jonathan Custodio, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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A merger between the Watkins College of Art and Belmont University is the latest example of what experts see as a growing trend among institutions coping with an expected decline of traditional-age applicants and increasing financial pressure.

The Watkins-Belmont deal, and the pushback it has produced, also highlights the importance of long-term planning, early and transparent communication (especially for students and faculty), and shared institutional values.

Keeping Pace With Lifelong Learning Demands
Richard Price, eCampus News
Essay: Ignore the Hype. College Is Worth It
Anthony P. Carnevale, Inside Higher Ed
Opinion: It’s Time to Tackle Promiscuous Degree Requirements
Frederick M. Hess, American Enterprise Institute
Blog: The New World of Opportunity
Peter Smith, Rethinking Higher Education
Blog: Not College Material
John Warner, Just Visiting
Bill Would Allow Public Schools in Kansas to Pay for College Tuition
Sydney Hoover and Sherman Smith, Leavenworth Times
Time to Fix Funding of Higher Education
Blair Horner, WAMC (New York)
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