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.
July 10, 2018
America Can Fix Its Student Loan Crisis. Just Ask Australia.
Susan Dynarski, The New York Times
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Borrowing for college is common across the globe. Even in Sweden, where tuition is free, most students borrow. What’s exceptional about the United States is that so many borrowers are behind on their loans.

So what do other countries do that makes their systems work better than ours? Some, like Australia, offer plans that give students more time to repay their loans or that make provisions for fluctuating earnings, so fewer borrowers default.

Addressing the Gap Between Enrollment and Graduation
James Paterson, Education Dive
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Colleges and universities are using more personal interaction and technology to keep students on track to a postsecondary credential. Methods include a phone app that prompts students to respond to questions weekly and using data about student behavior and grades from their ID cards to pinpoint vulnerable students. 

They also are using a variety of financial and college life incentives to help students cross the finish line. At Southern Utah University, a special "first year experience" provides added financial, academic, and emotional support, starting at a carefully designed orientation. The university reports a rise in retention of about 10 percent.
Apps Can Help Advise First-Generation Students. But It Takes a Human to Say ‘I Believe in You.’
Goldie Blumenstyk, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Buoyed by a $20-million gift, the College Advising Corps is doubling down to help more minority, low-income, and first-generation students get into college. Without them, says Founder and Chief Executive Nicole Hurd, "we won't have the democracy we want." 
In the Future, College Never Really Ends
Danielle Paquette, The Washington Post
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College that "never ends" may be the future, according to a number of economists, as employers increase their focus on retraining employees to meet the need for new skills.

Some universities in the United States are already preparing for this age of perpetual education, including the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. The Ann Arbor school has launched a scholarship program that pays for graduates to take classes there forever, and the number of students is slowly growing.

Bolstering New Hampshire's Workforce
Adam Urquhart, Nashua Telegraph
Education, Business Leaders Push Talent
Justin Dawes, Grand Rapids Business Journal
OC Looks at Students' Financial Aid Use
Ruth Campbell, Odessa American
Opinion: Working Adults Need More Higher Education Options
Rebecca L. Watts, The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio)
UNE Adopts 'Test-Optional' Admissions Policy
Robbie Feinberg, Maine Public Radio
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