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 8, 2019
Charter School Program Steps In to Fill Gaps in College Aid
Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed
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Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) charter schools have built a national reputation for sending disadvantaged students to college, but that success didn't always translate into students actually graduating from college.

Money shortages and gaps in financial aid, even relatively small ones, often got in the way and forced students to either temporarily take time off from college or to drop out entirely. KIPP officials are trying to change that reality by expanding a microgrant program started in Washington to help KIPP alumni break through the financial barriers that keep them from staying in college and graduating.

Looking to Boost Graduation Rates?
Robert Lerose, eCampus News
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A report from Complete College America reveals that only 19 percent of students attending public colleges full time earn a bachelor’s degree in four years. A new initiative at Northwest Missouri State University hopes to reverse that trend.

Launched in fall 2018, Complete 30 is a school-wide effort to help students graduate on time. Students strive to complete 30 credit hours every academic year, spanning fall, spring, and summer sessions. Advisors meet regularly with students, investing time and effort in getting to know them and coming up with a personalized success plan that can be adjusted over time to meet students' changing circumstances and keep them on track to graduate.

A Simple Proposal to Revive the American Dream
Rahm Emanuel, The Atlantic
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During the industrial age, when high school was the gateway to the American dream, public-school systems covered the costs of earning a diploma. Today, however, as associate's degrees have replaced high-school diplomas as the indispensable ticket into the middle class, families are forced to cover the costs of tuition and more. 

Several mayors and governors have begun working to spark a quiet revolution in American education. They believe that anyone willing to work hard and earn a degree should be able to attend community college for free. With that basic bargain in mind, the City of Chicago has joined Oregon, Rhode Island, and Tennessee in experimenting with ways to make community college free.  

Nine Higher Ed Trends to Watch in 2019
Ben Unglesbee, Education Dive
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Innovative partnerships between colleges and businesses, the creation of programs that address employers' evolving workplace needs, honing data to improve student outcomes, and additional state and federal investments in rural communities are among the various trends expected to drive higher education in 2019.

Does Higher Education Still Prepare People for Jobs?
Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic and Becky Frankiewicz, Harvard Business Review
Senate Democrats Address Debt of Students of Color
Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed
Achieving the Dream Celebrates 15 Years With DREAM Conference in February
Monica Levitan, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Essay: Free College Denied
Katie Berger and Carrie Warick, Inside Higher Ed
Essay: A Policy That Harms the Neediest Students
Nivine Megahed, Inside Higher Ed
Workforce Issues Touch Every Business, Industry in Arizona
Jennifer Mellor, Phoenix Business Journal
Shutdown Creates Headaches for Students
David Baime, Community College Daily
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