Top stories in higher ed for Monday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
January 6, 2020
Jamie Merisotis
Homeless in College: Students Sleep in Cars, on Couches When They Have Nowhere Else to Go
Charisse Jones, USA Today
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Three years ago, Kyshawna Johnson, 23, had a lot more than homework on her mind as she pursued an associate degree at Citrus College in Glendora, California. She also worried constantly about where to park overnight, since she was living in her car.

Johnson’s plight is more common than many may realize. Many factors—including rising tuition, financial aid packages that fail to keep up with the costs of food, gas, and child care, and an overall lack of affordable housing—are fueling a growing homelessness crisis among today's college students.

Jamie Merisotis
Inside College-Employer Partnerships: The Importance of Trust
Linda Head and Brooke Polk, The EvoLLLution
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Two leaders—one from a college, the other from an industry association—explain what it takes to make their partnership work and how they've been able to develop programming that provides a fast track to stable employment, responds to market trends, and grows with learners’ careers.

Jamie Merisotis
A College Degree Can Lift Single Moms Out of Poverty, But Few in Kansas or Missouri Get State Help
Elle Moxley, KCUR
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Victoria Worden didn’t have affordable child care when she got pregnant the first time. With no one to watch her daughter while she did schoolwork, she had to drop out of college. Now she’s trying again, this time with three young children at home.

Worden isn’t alone. Nearly a quarter of all undergraduates in the United States are parents, but it’s single mothers who face the steepest odds to get to graduation. Only 8 percent of single moms in the United States earn an associate or bachelor’s degree within six years of their first enrollment in college, and the vast majority of them live in or near poverty while in school. 

Jamie Merisotis
Seven Higher Education Trends to Watch in 2020
Jeremy Bauer-Wolf, Education Dive
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Higher education made a striking number of headlines in 2019, in part due to the Varsity Blues scandal that exposed the seedier aspects of college admissions and attracted nationwide attention for its celebrity perpetrators.

Last year brought other key changes, as well. Conversations about how to keep struggling small colleges alive resulted in new state accountability legislation. College affordability also took center stage, with policymakers, researchers, and others pushing everything from sweeping free college proposals to cash infusions for troubled historically black colleges and universities. 

What trends will dominate higher education in 2020?

Essay: A Not-So-Tidy Narrative
Michael B. Horn and Bob Moesta, Inside Higher Ed
Blog: Taking Stock of 2019
Steven Mintz, Higher Ed Gamma
Blog: Defending Higher Education
Michael Shaughnessy, The James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal
SV Academy Launches New Partnerships With Hopes to Diversify Silicon Valley
Sara Weissman, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Rising Tuition Makes College Access Harder for Low-Income Students
Madhu Krishnamurthy, Chicago Daily Herald (Illinois)
Can ‘Pay for Success’ Boost Postsecondary Outcomes?
H. Kay Howard, CommonWealth Magazine
Economy Demands Nimble, Adaptive Workforce
John Boyle, Evening News and Tribune (Indiana)
Opinion: Committing to Student Success
Pete Ricketts, Columbus Telegram (Nebraska)
Opinion: Investing in Virginia's Future
Jared Calfee, Richmond Times-Dispatch
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