On this podcast, Portland Community College President Mark Mitsui highlights the work that Oregon is doing to connect students to the supports they need to complete college.
Lumina Foundation's Kermit Kaleba joins the conversation to discuss Lumina's commitment to racial equity and the various projects it is investing in to help adult learners earn quality stackable credentials that lead to good jobs.
Sabrina Lima, the daughter of Haitian immigrants, began classes at Tufts University School of Medicine in the fall. She is part of a small but growing group of Black students pursuing careers as physicians.
Across the country, the number of first-year Black students in medical schools is up 21 percent. It is an unprecedented spike since 2020 as more schools adopt new procedures to attract and reduce barriers for students of color.
Oscar Lloyd was eating with friends in his college dorm when he got the email: He had tested positive for the coronavirus. He had two hours to pack and move into isolation housing for 10 days.
Thousands of college students ended 2021 and will begin 2022 in isolation and quarantine as the omicron variant surges in the United States. For institutions, the sudden outbreaks are sparking logistical scrambles to get students swiftly and safely housed away from others.
Colleges must meet certain criteria to receive federal student aid, something prospective students could interpret as a benchmark of quality. In reality, the requirements mean little for student success rates, and the bar colleges need to clear is shockingly low.
In this interview, the author of a report on improving college outcomes discusses why information alone is not enough to steer students away from poorly performing schools and what role she thinks the federal government should play in promoting quality.
The challenges facing community colleges are daunting: ongoing struggles with pandemic-related disruptions, a demographic cliff that is looking steeper, and recent high school graduates who are postponing or canceling college plans.
But Bill Pink, president of Grand Rapids Community College, believes this may well be two-year colleges' finest hour. If they choose to seize it.