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 27, 2020
Jamie Merisotis
California Looks to Expand Bachelor's Programs Behind Bars
Vanessa Rancaño, KQED
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When Brant Choate gets mail from the men and women in the California prisons he helps oversee, the letters often read something like this: “I've graduated with my associate degree for transfer and I need a place to go.”

More than 1,000 people in California prisons are in that situation, Choate estimates. As director of the Division of Rehabilitative Programs for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, he's been wanting to expand bachelor’s degree programs for years.

He may soon get his wish.

Jamie Merisotis
Visiting Days: How a Detroit High School Extends Its Family Feel by Sticking With Graduates Through College
Lori Higgins, Chalkbeat
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If you graduate from Detroit's Jalen Rose Leadership Academy and go on to college, there is no escaping Katherine Grow. She’ll call, email, and show up on campus. 

Grow is Jalen Rose’s alumni success coordinator, an unusual position that reckons head-on with a reality that many schools serving low-income students face: Too many individuals head off to college and never graduate. 

Jamie Merisotis
How Five Experts Say Colleges Can Create a ‘Holistic’ Student Experience
Sara Lipka, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Educators use the word “holistic” to signal a commitment to students’ success academically and personally, in college and beyond. Holistic approach, holistic support—the term has become something of a buzzword.

In this video, five experts who approach this work as researchers, administrators, and advocates share one change institutions can make, in philosophy or practice, to improve the student experience.

Jamie Merisotis
Photo:  Andrew Spear 
The Company of Second Chances
Ruth Simon, The Wall Street Journal
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While some companies try to attract and keep employees with yoga classes and lavish cafeterias, Nehemiah Manufacturing Co.’s perks include a social-service team and an attorney.

When two consumer-product veterans started Nehemiah a decade ago, their idea was to create more opportunities in a struggling part of Cincinnati. Increasingly, that meant hiring people who had a particularly hard time finding jobs: those with criminal backgrounds.

The Workforce Needs Massive Upskilling
Ellie Ashford, Community College Daily
U Michigan’s LSA Debuts New Facility for Transfer Students’ Success
Sarah Wood, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Raimondo’s State of the State Focuses on Rhode Island Economy
Philip Cozzolino, The Narragansett Times
Legislative Proposal Would Reform State System of Higher Education
Melina Druga, Pennsylvania Business Report (Pennsylvania)
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