Top stories in higher ed for Friday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
January 3, 2020
Jamie Merisotis
How Three Colleges Make Mobility a Reality
Karin Fischer, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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One estimate says two-thirds of new job openings require education beyond high school. Yet less than 15 percent of students from the lowest socioeconomic bracket earn a bachelor’s degree by age 24, according to the U.S. Department of Education. 

A large Midwestern public university, a historically black college, and a career-focused nautical academy have discovered ways to consistently help students up the economic ladder. 

Jamie Merisotis
Photo: Cristina Spano
Turning Away Talent: Foreign Students Who Want to Work in US Must Navigate Complex Visa System
Stephanie Adeline, The Dallas Morning News
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The pressure to find a job was high for Amrit Jalan. For 10 months, the University of Texas at Dallas student spent mornings and nights sending out resumes on Indeed. It was just like brushing his teeth, he says. And his ability to stay in the United States depended on it.

Jalan, from India, is one of hundreds of thousands of student visa holders who want to work in the United States after graduation. But in addition to the challenge of finding a job, foreign-born graduates must navigate a very narrow path to staying here permanently. 

And that’s costing America at a time when high-skilled workers are in high demand.

Jamie Merisotis
One Latina's Journey to College Amid Admissions Scandals and Inequities
Grace Hwang Lynch, PRI
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If all goes as planned, 17-year-old Daniela Cortez will be the first in her family to attend a four-year university next fall. She eventually wants to become a lawyer. But first, she needs to get admitted to college—which doesn’t feel like a guarantee. 

Cortez is one of 831,000 Latino students projected to graduate from U.S. high schools in 2020. Although the percentage of Latinos going to college is increasing, they continue to face hurdles—from knowing which institutions to enroll in to navigating the complexities of financial aid.

Jamie Merisotis
Rural California: An Education Divide
Jennifer Molina, EdSource
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More than half a million students live in California’s rural areas. The issues they face at home often spill over to school: chronic absenteeism, lack of college preparation and college isolation, and limited access to technology. 

In the most rural pockets of California, education is a lifeline. This documentary takes a closer look at the challenges facing schools and students in California’s rural communities—and possible solutions for change.

The Four Biggest Challenges to Our Higher Education Model—and What to Do About Them
Simon Fuglsang Østergaard and Adam Graafland Nordlund, World Economic Forum
Commentary: Addressing the Changing Workforce
Walter G. Bumphus, Community College Daily
Opinion: Our Hopes for Higher Ed Reform in 2020
Jenna A. Robinson, The James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal 
Charter Schools Keep Tabs on Grads to Keep Them in College
Leslie Brody, The Wall Street Journal
Young People Are Payday Lenders’ Newest Prey
Abbey Meller, Center for American Progress
Latinas Emerge as a Powerful Force in the U.S. Job Market
Craig Torres, Viviana Hurtado, and Alexandre Tanzi, Los Angeles Times
Opinion: Is Springfield Making Progress Toward Our Community Goals?
Francine Pratt, Springfield Business Journal
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