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 27, 2018
A College Degree, or Your Money Back
Alex Baumhardt and Catherine Winter, APM Reports
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A growing number of colleges and universities are guaranteeing a job after graduation. If graduates fail to land a job in their field within a year of graduating, or fail to make a livable income within that period, the school will pay off some of their federal loans, or offer free masters courses to help them get a graduate degree.
Colleges Offer Micro Grants to Get Cash-Strapped Students Across Finish Line
Larry Gordon, EdSource
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More colleges and universities are adding to their student success arsenal with emergency funding to help financially strapped students stay in school and graduate.

When Does DACA Expire? The Supreme Court Just Gave Dreamers More Time
Maya Rhodan, Time Magazine
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On Monday, the Supreme Court declined to clear the way for the Trump Administration to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program on March 5. The ruling means that nearly 700,000 "Dreamers" can continue to renew their applications while the case works its way through the legal system.

Many Cal Poly Students Struggle to Afford Food. But This Program Can Help
Lucas Clark, San Luis Obispo Tribune
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Adin Nazmi, who serves as Cal Poly's CalFresh program director, says demand for the resource on campus is skyrocketing as food insecurity becomes more openly discussed and awareness increases. The food pantry, which opened in 2014, has experienced a 600 percent increase in the number of students who use the free service.

Open for Business
Douglas J. Guth, Community College Daily
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Community colleges intent on bettering the siloed student support functions lending to high dropout rates are offering hands-on assistance that begins during outreach and continues to completion.
How Maine Became a Laboratory for the Future of Public Higher Ed
Lee Gardner, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Maine has become a de facto laboratory for the future of sustainable public higher education. At the campus level, institutions are experimenting with ways to build enrollment and serve the state’s education needs—providing scholarships to out-of-state students, beefing up retention strategies, and reaching out to new types of students with early-college programs and competency-based education.
Meeting Nursing Demand Through Diversity
Lois Elfman, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Academic Help, Under One Roof
Grace Bird, Inside Higher Ed
Leveraging Technology to Simplify the Back-End and Improve the Front-End
Patty Maciel, Rebecca Roos, and Robin Sease, The EvoLLLution
‘Z-Degree’ Gives Students Textbooks for Free
Maura Lerner, eCampus News (Minnesota)
Snyder's Talent Development Plan Departs From Decades of Policy
Chad Livengood, Crain's Detroit Business
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