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 25, 2020
Jamie Merisotis
Walla Walla Prison Inmates Study for a Better Life, Inside and Outside the Walls
Sheila Hagar, Walla Walla Union-Bulletin
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A new education building at the Walla Walla penitentiary opened its doors to students last week, checking a box that’s long been on the state’s wish list.

When the prison’s new medium-custody units opened six years ago to house about 250 offenders, no money was left to create programming space for classes. That meant cobbling together classrooms for each unit to offer what officials could. Now, inmates are getting the training and tools they need to do better on the outside. 

Jamie Merisotis
Research on Early College High Schools Indicates They May Pay for Themselves in the Long Run
Jill Barshay, The Hechinger Report
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Some solutions in education are expensive. Take early college high schools, which give students a head start on their college degrees but cost about $3,800 extra per student.

Are they worth it? New research suggests that these schools might actually pay for themselves in long-term benefits to both students and the public as a whole.

Jamie Merisotis
Forget Penn and Pitt: Is This Little-Known School the Best Deal in Pennsylvania Higher-Ed?
Avi Wolfman-Arent, WHYY
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In the world of higher education, you will find few buildings less remarkable than the Delaware County Technical High School in Broomall, Pennsylvania.

But inside—along a single hallway—a little-known program ranks with the biggest names in higher education, and, in some cases, outperforms them. By one measure, it’s among the best deals in higher-ed right now—a mighty engine of value in an era where college debt is at the forefront of national politics and overburdened families question the worth of a degree.

Jamie Merisotis
FAFSA for All
Inside Higher Ed
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As Democratic presidential candidates debate what to do about student loan debt, one low-cost, simple policy change could increase college graduation rates among lower- and middle-income students—and, in many cases, reduce their need to borrow. All students applying to college should fill out and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, and every college should be required to report the incomes of all their students.

Catharine B. Hill, managing director of Ithaka S+R and president emerita of Vassar College, explains.

Improving NYC's Tech Training
Madeline St. Amour, Inside Higher Ed
How to Help Minority Students Feel That They Belong
Peter Monaghan, The Chronicle of Higher Education
More Scrutiny of Legacy Admissions
Kery Murakami, Inside Higher Ed
No Additional Money for Performance-Based Funding in Beshear's Budget
Becca Schimmel, WKU Public Radio (Kentucky)
Program Helps Veterans Going to College
Roland Rodriguez, KRIS Corpus Christi News
Opinion: Demographics Are Part of What Shape Universities
Walter V. Wendler, Austin American-Statesman
More Upgrades to ED’s Student Aid Website
Matthew Dembicki, Community College Daily
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