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 9, 2018
The Benefits of Ethnic Studies Courses
Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed
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Racial tensions and culture wars on many college campuses have often led some to propose that colleges add ethnic studies, while others have challenged the existence of these courses. Meanwhile, the data show that students in these classes at one university have improved or better outcomes than their peers.

New data from an evaluation of San Francisco State University's ethnic studies courses found that by passing just one class, students improved their overall performance across the campus.
Work Less, Study More: California Will Give Grants to Community College Students Attending Full Time
Mikhail Zinshteyn, EdSource
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Ahmad Milad, 22, is a computer science student at San Diego Miramar College who has been taking 15 units a term while working around 20 hours a week. He plans to take a similar load in the fall. This year, he's hopeful of strking a better balance between work and school thanks to California's new Community Colleges Student Success Completion Grant. 

The completion grant is part of the state's efforts to help students move from part time to full time, so they are more likely to earn degrees in two or four years. 

As Feds Pull Back, States Step In to Regulate For-Profit Colleges and Universities
Jon Marcus, The Hechinger Report
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More states are attempting to require improved oversight of for-profit colleges and universities and better transparency for their results. Maine legislators, for example, passed a bill to require that the state annually review how for-profit colleges operating in Maine handle student complaints.

Meanwhile, Minnesota uses state unemployment insurance data to publish the price, graduation rates, and earnings of residents who attend higher-education programs, including for-profit ones. 

Legislation to Allow Access to More Student Success Data Likely to Advance
James Paterson, Education Dive
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Legislation that would make more data about student outcomes available to students, institutions, and higher education policymakers has gained the support of a key Republican senator. 

Proponents of the College Data Transparency Act say it will provide "actionable and customizable" information for students as they choose colleges.
Say Hello to Full Employment
Annie Lowrey, The Atlantic
Editorial: Summer School
Crain's Cleveland Business
State Looks to Boost College-to-University Pipeline
Lloyd Dunkelberger, The Sun Sentinel (Florida)
Facts About Race and College Admission
Jon Marcus, The Hechinger Report
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