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 29, 2019
The Value of Voc Ed
Greta Anderson, Inside Higher Ed
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A new study published by Education Next says high schoolers who take career and technology education courses achieve the same college success as students who focus on more academic courses, and they are only slightly less likely to enroll in college in the first place. 

The report, Depth Over Breadth: The Value of Vocational Education in U.S. High Schools, addresses the question of whether students who take CTE courses are disadvantaged because they did not invest time in more standard academic courses. The answer is "no," the study's authors contend.

Jamie Merisotis
A Modern Financial Dilemma: Will I Retire Before Paying Off My Student Loans?
Stacy Teicher Khadaroo, The Christian Science Monitor
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After turning 65 last Christmas, C. Lynn Hawkins started collecting Social Security. She uses about half her monthly check to rent a small Chicago apartment for seniors. She’s gotten used to calls from loan servicers for an educational debt she hasn’t been able to pay, but lately, letters from the government have come too, telling her that tax refunds and part of her Social Security check will be withheld.

How far into people’s lives should student debt reach? As the amount owed by older Americans climbs, questions arise about everything from effects on the economy to what supports are needed to help people get solvent.

Jamie Merisotis
Governors Release Job Creation Guide and Infrastructure Initiative
Ramona Schindelheim, WorkingNation
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As the world of work continues to change, the nation’s governors say they recognize the important role that they can and should play in ensuring every worker and job seeker can find a good, family-sustaining job.

This past week in Salt Lake City, the bipartisan National Governors Association released its Good Jobs for All Americans action guide outlining how the governors hope to achieve that goal.

Taking Relentless Ownership of Student Success to Maximize Re-Enrollment
The EvoLLLution
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The reasons students drop out of college are multi-dimensional. But in many instances, the barriers to completion have more to do with finances rather than academic inability.

In this interview, Shonda Gibson of the Texas A&M University System reflects on how a collaboration with ReUp is leveraging data to help students with some level of education return and complete their degrees.

A Bill to Take ASAP Nationwide
Community College Daily
Wasted Minds: Fewer Black Inmates Graduate From Florida Prison Education Programs
Josh Salman and Ryan McKinnon, Daytona News Beach-Journal
Education for People in Fragile Communities
Gerard Robinson and Rebecca Feldherr, American Enterprise Institute
California Migration: The Story of 40 Million
Judy Lin and Adria Watson, CALMatters
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