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Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
January 17, 2018
Lumina Fund for Racial Justice and Equity to Begin Accepting Proposals
Haley Glover, Lumina Foundation
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After last year’s racially motivated violence in Charlottesville, Lumina Foundation was among organizations that said the country must move beyond words to action. Today, in partnership with Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, we are announcing the Lumina Fund for Racial Justice and Equity to support colleges and universities working to promote constructive racial dialogue. 
The request for proposals (RFP) document describes this effort in greater detail, and includes the application requirements. Applications are due Feb. 26, 2018. 

An informational webinar about the initiative will be held Friday, Jan. 19, at 1 p.m. ET.

Unprepared and Confused
Jeremy Bauer-Wolf, Inside Higher Ed
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A new study says few college students feel confident that they have the skills and knowledge to find a job or succeed when they land one.

Nearly 1 in 5 Female College Students Are Single Moms
Alex Baumhardt and Emily Hanford, APM Reports
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For nearly one in five female college students, child-care costs and the responsibilities of parenting make graduating far from easy.

Some states are trying to help. Maine, for example, offers a scholarship that includes a stipend for child care and transportation. 

The Forgotten 500,000 College-Ready Students
Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce 
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Every year, 500,000 students at the top half of their high school class are college ready and never get a college credential, not even a certificate. Most of these students attempt college but drop out, so they see only debt but none of the benefits that a degree confers.

The cumulative effects of this loss are immense—5 million lost youth every decade. This is nearly half of the projected 11 million shortfall of college-educated workers needed in the U.S. over the next 10 years. 

5 Higher Ed Leaders to Watch in 2018 (and Beyond)
Autumn A. Arnett, Education Dive
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Matt A.V. Chaban and Winston Fisher, Crain's New York Business (New York)
Immigrants Speak Out About DACA at Annual Meeting
Kayla Simas, Staten Island Advance
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Deidra Faye Jackson, GradHacker
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Meghan Bogardus Cortez, EdTech Magazine: Focus on Higher Education
The Biggest Problem for State Higher-Ed Policy? Federal Higher-Ed Policy
Eric Kelderman, The Chronicle of Higher Education
In Higher Ed, Value Matters Too
Tamara Hiler, RealClearEducation
Essay: Endowment Taxes and the High Cost of College
Phillip Levine, Inside Higher Ed
Essay: Why the Endowment Tax Is Unconstitutional
John K. Wilson, Inside Higher Ed
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