Top stories in higher ed for Tuesday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
January 28, 2020
Jamie Merisotis
Former University of Minnesota Regent Makes Sure Black Men at Private Colleges Finish and Thrive
Gail Rosenblum, Minneapolis Star Tribune
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When Abdul M. Omari was a teenager, his parents made some things clear: “You’re going to college. You’re going to get good grades. And we can’t pay for it, so figure it out.” 

Omari did just that—and he never forgot the value his immigrant parents placed on higher education. A University of Minnesota alum and former regent, Omari now runs a program aimed at drawing and keeping Black male students on Minnesota’s private campuses. 

Jamie Merisotis
Photo: Grace Hejung Kim
Johns Hopkins Sees Jump in Low-Income Students After Ending Legacy Admissions
Scott Simon, NPR Illinois
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A decade ago, 1 in 8 students admitted to Johns Hopkins University received preferential treatment because they had a relative who graduated from the school. In 2014, the school decided to end so-called legacy admissions. Now officials say they've been able to see the effects of that change. 

David Phillips, vice provost for admissions and financial aid at Johns Hopkins, reflects on how the decision helps all students find more equal footing in the admissions process.

Jamie Merisotis
60 Miles From College: Lack of Education, a Way Out of Poverty, Could 'Kill Rural America'
David Jesse, Detroit Free Press
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Huge chunks of Michigan—largely its rural counties—have no easy access to higher education. Lisa McIntyre, 28, lives in one of these education deserts. 

McIntyre works at a gas station. She once dreamed of becoming a nurse. That dream, she says, quickly faded because she lacked the transportation needed to seek training after high school.

More than 5 million Americans live in education deserts, lacking any college within a 30-minute drive. Few students go away to college, and poverty persists.

Jamie Merisotis
The Limitations of Need-Blind Admissions
Lara Tiedens, Inside Higher Ed
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Higher education and national conversations in the wake of the Varsity Blues scandal have largely focused on the fairness of the admissions process and the extent to which wealthy families may use their resources to lower the bar of entry for their children.

While closing such loopholes is, and should be, a priority for higher education institutions, it is not the only way in which families’ financial resources unfairly influence students’ access to and experience of higher education. Achieving equity in higher education requires not only making the admission process fairer but also providing students with the financial support necessary to go to college and excel there.

Impostor Syndrome
Doug Lederman, Academic Minute
FUTURE Act: What Students, Borrowers Should Know
Emma Kerr, U.S. News & World Report
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