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 30, 2020
Jamie Merisotis
Community Colleges Are Leading the Way in Prison Education
Jacob Gray, Association of Community College Trustees 
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Since 2015, more than 25 community colleges throughout the United States have been offering college programs in prisons funded by the Department of Education’s Second Chance Pell Grant experiment. 

This episode of In the Know With ACCT features several of these efforts—plus insight from two students who say in-prison programs transformed their lives.

Jamie Merisotis
Transfer Schools Offer a Second Chance to Graduate High School
Zoe Markman, The Hechinger Report
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After getting expelled from two middle schools and “doing literally nothing all day” at a Brooklyn high school for aspiring artists, Stephanie Gaweda decided to turn her life around. But her guidance counselor said there was no way she would be able to graduate by age 21.

Gaweda’s math teacher had another idea: a transfer high school. The schools, which emphasize a high counselor-to-student ratio and paid internships, give students who otherwise wouldn’t graduate a second chance. 

Jamie Merisotis
How to Stand Up for Equity in Admissions? Experts Share Five Ideas
Eric Hoover, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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In the wake of Operation Varsity Blues, higher education must grapple with questions about the meaning of merit, the role that wealth plays in the admissions process, and how selective colleges can enroll more low-income and first-generation students. 

The admissions scandal shook the public’s trust. At a recent national conference, enrollment leaders discussed winning it back.

Jamie Merisotis
Students Worry as California’s Online Community College Confronts Offline Woes
Felicia Mello, CalMatters
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It’s quiet in the spare bedroom of Maria Garcia’s Antioch duplex as she sits down to study. Garcia, 24, will spend the day on her laptop, poring over a lesson on encrypted communication. It’s one more step on a path she hopes will lead to a cybersecurity certificate from Calbright College—California’s new online community college—and a job that pays a living wage.

But despite her swift progress, Garcia is troubled. California’s first-in-the-nation online community college now has 450 students—with no full-time faculty, no CEO, and no political champion. What will Calbright's future be?

Will You Still Need a College Education in 2040?
Anisa Purbasari Horton, Fast Company
Six Best Practices for Using Student Data for Student Success
Kathe Pelletier, EdTech Focus on Higher Education 
How to Help Low-Income Students Hold Their Own on the Job Market
Goldie Blumenstyk, The Chronicle of Higher Education
A Call for More Aid, and More Accountability
Kery Murakami, Inside Higher Ed
Podcast: The Controversy Behind Transparency
Jeff Selingo and Michael Horn, Future U Podcast
Who Leads on College Learning?
Doug Lederman, Transforming Teaching & Learning
Opinion: Are We Getting What We Should From Higher Education?
David A. Bergeron, Student Aid Perspectives
Democratic Congressional Inquiry Targets OPMs
Natalie Schwartz, Education Dive
Education Department Looks to Address Sudden College Closures
Lauren Camera, U.S. News & World Report
Blog: 'Public Charge' and Financial Aid
Matt Reed, Confessions of a Community College Dean
A Leg Up on College
Wheelhouse: The Center for Community College Leadership and Research
The AGB 2020 Trustee Index: Concern Deepens for the Future of Higher Education
Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges and Gallup
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