Top stories in higher ed for Wednesday
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, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
A ‘Second Chance’ After 27 Years in Prison: How Criminal Justice Helped an Ex-Inmate Graduate
Erica L. Green, The New York Times
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It's an issue with rare bipartisan support: increasing educational opportunities for prisoners. And for Maurice Smith, recently released after serving a 27-year sentence for murder, a new Pell grant program offered a second chance to rewrite his life story. 

Jamie Merisotis
Bay Area School Redesigns Its Program to Help Students Graduate
Theresa Harrington, EdSource
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When Jazhun Brown first transferred to De Anza High School as a junior, poor grades made him an unlikely candidate to graduate on time. That changed when school counselors, college advisers, and supportive teachers pushed him to reach his potential. 

De Anza’s efforts to keep students on track to graduate and go to college reflect a push across California for schools to increase the number of students graduating from high school. De Anza has implemented several key changes to make this happen, including academies that help students focus on careers, outreach to parents, online credit recovery options, and academic counseling for struggling students.  

Jamie Merisotis
Making the FAFSA Mandatory
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
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In a bid to boost the number of students receiving financial support for college, Texas will soon become the second state to require high school seniors to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) before graduating.

A handful of states have looked at making FAFSA completion mandatory for graduating high school students. Beginning with the 2020-21 academic year, Texas will provide a serious test case for the policy after big successes in Louisiana, which enacted the requirement last year. 

Jamie Merisotis
What ‘Impact Investing’ Means in Education
Tony Wan, EdSurge
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The term "impact investing” has become increasingly common in the education sector. Many investors, foundations, and even private equity firms have started impact investment funds as a way to support companies involved in teaching and learning.

In this podcast, John Duong of Lumina Impact Ventures discusses how the venture capital arm of Lumina Foundation works, as well as its efforts to help more people benefit from education and training beyond high school. 

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John O. Harney, New England Journal of Higher Education
Bridging Old and New
Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed
Peer-to-Peer Support
AACC 21st Century Center
State Aims for 2 Million Postsecondary Degrees by 2030
Brooke Conrad, Laurinburg Exchange (North Carolina)
After 10 Years of Steady Growth, Michigan’s Economy Faces Headwinds
Lindsay VanHulle and Mike Wilkinson, Bridge Michigan
Blog: Tackling Graduation Gaps by Combining Tech With Human Supports
Julia Freeland Fisher, The Clayton Christensen Institute 
A Framework for Advising Reform
Community College Research Center
The Campus as City
The Chronicle of Higher Education
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