Top stories in higher ed for Friday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
July 26, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
Can Income-Share Agreements Address College Affordability and Accountability Concerns?
Nat Malkus, American Enterprise Institute
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Last year, student loan debt hit $1.5 trillion. From free college to loan forgiveness, there are plenty of ideas to lower student debt. At the same time, policymakers are increasingly interested in finding ways to hold colleges accountable for student outcomes.

In this podcast, Tonio DeSorrento of Vemo Education and Beth Akers of the Manhattan Institute talk about an innovative idea that could address both of these concerns: income-share agreements (ISAs). Under ISAs, students pay the school a fixed percentage of their income after graduation instead of paying tuition up front. If students earn too little income, they pay nothing.

Jamie Merisotis
Students to Keep Pressing Congress for Higher Education Update
Emily Wilkens, Bloomberg Government
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Ten student advocacy groups are teaming up to push for federal and other policies that better recognize "today's students" in postsecondary education. 

The Today’s Students Coalition is focusing on a wide range of policies. The goals include getting more federal support to help college students pay for child care, housing, and other non-academic expenses. The group also wants to expand the Pell Grant to serve low-income students in short, career-oriented programs.

The organizations behind the coalition have individually advocated for various groups of students, including veterans, low-income students, student-parents, and adults returning to school. By forming a coalition, they hope to add power behind their message to lawmakers.

Jamie Merisotis
Bill Targets Food Insecurity at Community Colleges
Community College Daily
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A House bill introduced yesterday aims to create a pilot program that would provide grants to community colleges so they can offer free meals to students who need them.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-California) introduced the Food for Thought Act to help curb hunger among community college students, an issue that along with housing insecurity has gained national attention over the past few years. 

Jamie Merisotis
Report: Job Growth Among High-Skilled, Higher-Paying Jobs
Shamane Mills, Wisconsin Public Radio
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Wisconsin's economy is slowly transitioning to high-skilled, higher-paying jobs, according to a new report on employment, pay, and education.

Despite rhetoric that the state's job growth is at the lower end of the economic ladder where fewer skills are required, the report—which spanned 2012 to 2018—finds the kinds of jobs that have been growing in the last six years demand more education and often pay more.

But convincing some Wisconsin families their children should continue education beyond high school can be a challenge.

Jamie Merisotis
Are Free College Programs Hurting Four-Year Schools?
Wayne D'Orio, Education Dive
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As the country looks to stem the growth of rising higher education costs, free college has been thrust into the spotlight. Approximately 25 states offer their residents some form of "promise" program, with about 300 local initiatives guaranteeing students tuition-free college at public, and sometimes even private, institutions.

Yet for all the momentum behind the movement, little is known about its long-term impact on college enrollment. Even less is understood about how it will affect four-year public universities.

Jamie Merisotis
‘Addressing Homelessness and Housing Insecurity in Higher Education’
Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed
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Homelessness is a serious problem in today's society. A new book, Addressing Homelessness and Housing Insecurity in Higher Education, aims to portray the challenge as a crucial one for higher education. The authors discuss the issue in this interview. 

Truckin’ Along
AACC 21st Century Center (Maryland)
New Emerging Professionals Program Trains Students for High-Demand Jobs
Victoria Camarillo, Corpus Christi Caller Times (Texas)
Trump Is Cracking Down on China. Now UC Campuses Are Paying the Price
Teresa Watanabe and Don Lee, Los Angeles Times
Study: Cutting Federal Graduate Loans Would Harm Black Students, HBCUs
LaMont Jones, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Three Charts on How Much Australia Spends on All Levels of Education
Daniel Edwards, James Mahmud Rice, and Julie McMillan, The Conversation AU
Keeping the 'Promise'
Michigan City News Dispatch (Michigan)
Commentary: The Fight for Free College Is Your Fight, Too
Ann Larson, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Commentary: It’s Time to Celebrate High-Quality Community Colleges
Ángel Cabrera and Joelle Phillips, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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