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 31, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
A New Way to Ease the Path Back to College
The Advocate
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The prime candidates for enlarging Louisiana’s pool of college graduates aren’t just kids fresh from high school. It also includes people like Brikinya McZeal.

Thirty-five-year-old McZeal had 47 hours in college, but moved into the workforce without getting her degree. Now, thanks to a promising new program called Compete LA, she is taking online courses with an eye on a business management diploma to bolster her career.

The aim of Complete LA is to break down the barriers of returning to college for adults with academic “coaches” and other hands-on assistance.

Jamie Merisotis
Tripping Over Transfer Credit Policy
John Mullane, Community College Daily
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With the costs of higher education soaring and states facing huge budget deficits, community colleges are the last affordable route to a bachelor’s degree for many students. This is especially true for low-income, minority, and first-generation college students who are more likely to begin their undergraduate studies at a community college. 

But the national conversation about college access, affordability, graduation rates, and the $1.6 trillion in student loan debt seems to miss the transfer credit issue. 

Jamie Merisotis
Why Do Less Than 4 Percent of Former Foster Kids Have a College Degree in Texas?
Camille Phillips, KSTX
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Foster youth face many challenges when it comes to pursuing postsecondary education. Too often they lack not only the financial resources to pay for college but also the support and guidance from adults to understand the admissions process and secure financial aid.

This fall, the University of Texas at San Antonio is launching a resource center to encourage those students and give them more support. The center will have extra staff to reach out to students and connect them with peer mentors, find housing, and meet other needs like mental health. 

Jamie Merisotis
Four Mega Trends Reshaping Global Learning
Tom Vander Ark, Forbes
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Imagine school as a series of community-connected projects and skill sprints that develop leadership, collaboration, and problem-solving skills. Imagine a web of supports that help you make the kind of contribution you’re capable of making.

Visit an innovative new school like Purdue Polytechnic High School in Indianapolis, and you’ll see evidence of mega trends reshaping secondary and postsecondary education: new goals, active learning, competency, and integrated services. 

Depth Over Breadth
Daniel Kreisman and Kevin Stange, EducationNext
Blog: 'The Robots Are Coming!'
Joshua Kim, Technology and Learning
Divisions Within Alaska’s ‘House on Fire’
Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed
An Opportunity to Succeed
Linda Telesco, AACC 21st Century Center
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