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.
January 15, 2020
Jamie Merisotis
Exploring the Power of Work With Goodwill CEO
Ramona Schindelheim, Work in Progress
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Goodwill Industries is much more than a company that sells gently used clothes and household goods. Its main mission is to help people in need reach their full potential through learning and the power of work. 

In this podcast, President and CEO Steven C. Preston talks about Goodwill's workforce training programs and their role in helping individuals find a job and grow their careers. 

Jamie Merisotis
Meet the New International Student
Karin Fischer, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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For the past several years, the story of international education has been one of uneasiness and uncertainty. 

Administrators on American college campuses are meeting a different kind of international student today. These students come from a wider range of countries; want more-affordable options, not just highly ranked institutions; and gravitate toward programs that offer stronger promises of employability.

Jamie Merisotis
Why the University of California Is Fighting for DACA
Sarah Tory, High Country News
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Stephanie Medina has felt adrift for most of her life. When her classmates in San Bernardino, California, were dreaming of college and careers, Medina hesitated to think about the future. Medina is undocumented; it was easier to forgo her dreams and ambitions, accepting life without the hope that anything would change.

But things did change, thanks to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. And when Medina became a college student at the University of California, Santa Cruz, she found a support system that would fight to keep her dreams alive.

Jamie Merisotis
Photo: Robert Neubecker
College and Kids: Addressing the Challenges Student-Parents Face
Robyn Doyon-Aitken and Lucy Nalpathanchil, Connecticut Public Radio
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More than 4 million undergraduates in the United States are raising children today. These student-parents are often older, single, and women of color. But more than half of them leave school without getting a degree.

For them, access to affordable, reliable child care can mean the difference between graduating and dropping out.

Two student-parents offer insight on what it's like to balance college, work, and kids.  

Study Finds Imposter Syndrome Higher Among First-Generation Students
Jessica Ruf, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Report: Inequity in Graduate Student Borrowing
Madeline St. Amour, Inside Higher Ed
Graduate School Debt
Center for American Progress
Event: College Costs and Debt in the 2020 Elections
Institute for College Access & Success
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