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 16, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
University of Texas President Greg Fenves Discusses Free Tuition Plan
Audie Cornish, NPR
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Four-year colleges and universities have difficulty recruiting talented students from the lower end of the economic spectrum who can't afford to attend such institutions without taking on massive debt. To remedy that—at least in part—the University of Texas-Austin announced last week of plans to offer full tuition scholarships to in-state undergraduates whose families make $65,000 or less per year.

Greg Fenves, president of the Texas institution, talks about the new program, as well as additional resources to support students once they are at the university. 

Jamie Merisotis
What Does It Mean to Be an Efficient University?
Alina Tugend, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Paul Friga wants universities to become more efficient, and he says he can help.

For $25,000 to $75,000 (depending on size), universities can join the Academic Benchmarking Consortium (ABC Insights), provide their spending data to its researchers, and find out how their administrative costs line up with their peers’. So far 32 colleges and universities have signed up to be a part of the consortium.

Jamie Merisotis
UHD’s Food Market Provides Free Groceries Weekly, Letting Students Focus on Studies Instead of Financial Worries
Brittany Britto, Houston Chronicle
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Perusing the shelves stacked with boxes of Cheddar Nuts, chocolate protein powder, and sacks of beans, Shey-Marie Posey tried to keep in mind what she, her mother, and her five siblings would need for the week.

The first time she visited the University of Houston-Downtown’s food market, she was overwhelmed at how much she could take home for free.

Like Posey, hundreds of UHD students visit the campus food market to shop weekly for fresh produce and other items thanks to the institution's food scholarship program. The effort enables students to cut down on grocery costs, help their families, and focus more on their education during a time when many college students are going hungry. Some say the program could be a model for colleges around the country.

Jamie Merisotis
A Hospital Introduced a Robot to Help Nurses. They Didn’t Expect It to Be So Popular
Katharine Schwab, Fast Company
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Several hospitals in Texas are turning to an unusual solution to address a shortage of nurses: a robot named Moxi.

But Moxi, which was designed and built by the Austin-based company Diligent Robotics, isn’t trying to act like a nurse. Instead, Diligent Robotics founders Andrea Thomaz and Vivian Chu created their robot to handle the approximately 30 percent of tasks nurses perform that don’t involve interacting with patients. That includes dropping off linens and supplies for patients. 

Ultimately, Diligent believes Moxi can fight fatigue in hospital settings and reduce staff turnover.

Governor’s Workforce League Has Local Connection
Kate York, Marietta Times (Ohio)
The Case for Saying No to Tuition Increases
Peter Monaghan, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Paul E. Peterson, The Education Exchange
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Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
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