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.
July 1, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
Policy Research: College Promise Programs Are Excluding Student-Parents
Pearl Stewart, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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College students with children—who are disproportionately women and students of color—often take breaks between high school and college, have high child care and other non-tuition expenses, work significant hours, and attend part time. Student-parents take longer to finish school and have more student loan debt than their non-parenting peers, but also earn higher grades.

Yet the much-touted “free college” initiatives often “unintentionally exclude” these individuals when offering financial support, according to a new report by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research.

Mapping Higher Ed’s Digital Transformations
The EvoLLLution
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Technological advancements are fundamentally changing the higher education landscape. The NCM Horizon Report by EDUCAUSE tracks these shifts, offering insight into trends and developments shaping the way colleges and universities can do business and serve learners. 

In this interview, Susan Grajek of EDUCAUSE reflects on some of the main findings of the 2019 report, as well as the opportunities and challenges around technology adoption and use in higher education.

State Funding for Students' Basic Needs
Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed
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An increasing number of governors and states are answering the call for more resources to help college students who are struggling with food and housing insecurity.

Recently, lawmakers in California and New Jersey offered new money to help public colleges support students experiencing hunger and homelessness.

Jamie Merisotis
Does Free College Work? Kalamazoo Offers Some Answers
Josh Mitchell and Michelle Hackman, The Wall Street Journal
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In 2005, caught in a spiral of urban decay and a falling population, Kalamazoo embarked on a bold experiment to save itself. It would give local students free college tuition. 

The program, funded by anonymous donors who pay the bill each year, kicked off a free-college movement that has gained traction across the U.S. More than 300 cities and states have some variety of free-tuition program, although most aren’t as generous. 

Thirteen years after Kalamazoo’s program went into effect, some results are in. College enrollment has risen. Kalamazoo’s economy is stronger. So is a sense of community in a city that once had nearly lost hope. Yet city leaders have found the benefits of the Kalamazoo Promise go only so far. 

Commentary: What's Wrong With Higher Education? A Lack of Purpose
Richard D. Legon, The Chronicle of Higher Education
How Do We Bring Opportunity to Rural Georgia and Georgians?
Maureen Downey, Atlanta Journal Constitution
Schools Focus on Community College Pipeline
Laura Ascione, eCampus News
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