Top stories in higher ed for Thursday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
January 23, 2020
Jamie Merisotis
Photo: LA Johnson
How Stretching to Pay for College Is Altering Middle Class Life
Jeffrey R. Young, The EdSurge Podcast
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In an unusual study on student debt, New York University anthropologist Caitlin Zaloom interviewed more than 160 people—students and parents—and got them to open up their financial books and talk about the toll of paying for college.

In this podcast, Zaloom talks about what surprised her most from the research, what she thinks should be done, and how she has changed her thinking about saving for college for her own young children. Joining Zaloom is a recent NYU graduate who took on a six-figure debt for college.

Jamie Merisotis
Eight Local Community Colleges Will Offer Legal Services to Undocumented Students
David Hernandez, The San Diego-Union Tribune
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Sandra Lobato, a 29-year-old recipient of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and member of San Diego Border Dreamers, knows firsthand the fear and frustration of navigating college as an undocumented student. 

A new pilot program launching this year at 65 community colleges across California will help students like Lobato by providing legal services, confidential consultations on immigration status, outreach events, and more. 

Jamie Merisotis
Purdue Global Has Had a Rocky Start. Is It Growing Pains or a Sign of Trouble?
Lee Gardner, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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In April 2017, Mitch Daniels stunned academe with the announcement that Purdue University, where he is president, planned to acquire for-profit Kaplan University. With one stroke, the former Republican governor of Indiana drew market forces close to the heart of a public research university and, overnight, positioned Purdue to compete with established online “mega-universities” like Southern New Hampshire University.

Fast forward two and a half years later—is the audacious deal going as planned?

Jamie Merisotis
Thinking About Returning to College? A Guide for Taking the Leap
Elissa Nadworny, NPR
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Denise Whittaker calls herself a "comebacker." Whittaker went back to college in her 50s. Today, as an advisor at the Graduate! Network in Philadelphia, she helps other adult learners find their way back to college to complete a degree or certificate.

Some 36 million individuals in the United States have some college credit but no degree. Many left school because of their challenges in balancing the demands of school, employment, and family responsibilities. Now, they want a second chance to finish what they started.  

Georgia Graduates Can’t Keep Up With Job DemandChristopher Quinn, Atlanta Journal Constitution
Embracing the Gig Economy
Ellie Ashford, Community College Daily
Blog: Four Worries About Higher Education in the 2020s
Edward J. Maloney and Joshua Kim, Technology and Learning
Indiana U's Flagship Goes Test-Optional
Jeremy Bauer-Wolf, Education Dive
ETS Creates New Institute to Research More Equitable Standardized Tests
Shailaja Neelakantan, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
College, University Presidents Talk About 'Partnership’
William L. Spence, The Lewiston Tribune (Idaho)
Five Moves to Boost Student Success
Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology
Essay: Improving Graduation Rates by Nudging Faculty, Not Students
Jeff Gold, Roy Stripling, and Michal Kurlaender, Inside Higher Ed
Muddied Picture for Defrauded Borrowers
Kery Murakami, Inside Higher Ed
Commentary: Fulfilling a Promise
Constance M. Carroll, Community College Daily
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