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 26, 2020
Jamie Merisotis
How Parents of Young Kids Make It Through College
Liz Willen, The Hechinger Report
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Before beginning her studies last week, 37-year-old Irena Butcher dropped her daughter off at pre-school. She returned for a visit a few hours later, grabbed a hug, read a few chapters of Dr. Seuss, then headed back to classes that could stretch well into the evening.

Through it all, she never had to leave campus.

Borough of Manhattan Community College’s Early Childhood Center offers a lifeline for student-parents with high-quality childcare available daytime and evenings, including on weekends. And thanks to a sliding scale and multiple funding streams, parents never pay more than $35 a week.

Jamie Merisotis
Podcast: Giving All Learners a Chance
Jon Fansmith and Lorelle Espinosa, dotEDU
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Former Secretary of Education John B. King, now president and CEO of The Education Trust, talks about his passion for giving all learners, particularly those in poverty and prisons, access to higher education.

King also reflects on how his personal experiences, his time in the federal government, and his work as an education advocate drive him to help students who just need a chance to succeed.

Jamie Merisotis
Community-College Presidents’ Posts Are ‘Exploding’ on Social Media. Here’s Why.
Emma Dill, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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On his morning commute one day last February, Steve Robinson of Owens Community College mulled over a persistent frustration: the stigma often borne by community colleges. That morning he resolved to harness the “power of Twitter” to counter those stereotypes. 

Faced with persistent, if outdated, stigmas and diverse, largely nontraditional student populations, more community-college leaders are turning to social media to promote their institutions and engage today’s digitally savvy students.

Jamie Merisotis
Partnerships to Develop More Teachers
Barbara Shelly, Community College Daily
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Charles Ford was busy taking cosmetology classes at his local community college last fall when a teacher and the college president floated an idea past him.

Would he consider a teaching career?

J.F. Drake State Community and Technical College in Huntsville, Alabama, is partnering with nearby Athens State University in a new effort to address Alabama’s critical teacher shortage by recruiting members of the most underrepresented group in teaching ranks—African-American men.

Essay: The Case Against Education as Usual
Terry McDonough, Inside Higher Ed
At the Precipice: 6 in 10 Colleges Say They Missed Fall Enrollment Goals
Scott Carlson, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Growing Push by Lawmakers to Help ‘Dreamers’ Attend Georgia Colleges
Eric Stirgus and Amanda C. Coyne, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Video: When Our Youth Lead, Communities Thrive
Jaimie Stevens, WorkingNation
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