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 9, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
From Prison to Dean’s List: How Danielle Metz Got an Education After Incarceration
Casey Parks, The Hechinger Report
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An inscription on Danielle Metz's journal serves as a reminder of the past and hope for the future: “Knowledge and education can’t be kept out by walls.”

At 26, a judge had sentenced Metz to three life sentences plus another 20 years for her role in her husband’s cocaine distribution. She never thought she’d see New Orleans again, let alone visit a university. 

After spending decades in prison, Metz was granted clemency in 2016. At the age of 50, she entered Southern University of New Orleans (SUNO) as a college freshman. Her story illustrates the potential of the Second Chance Pell program to help incarcerated individuals rebuild their lives—and the importance of the supports colleges and universities provide as part of that journey. 

Jamie Merisotis
What Happened to the $10,000 Degree?
Barbara Shelly, Community College Daily
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Rick Perry had just been elected to a third term as governor of Texas when he issued a call to the state’s public colleges and universities in a 2011 speech for the creation of bachelor’s degrees that cost no more than $10,000, including textbooks. The next year, former Florida Gov. Rick Scott made a similar ask to colleges in his state.

But while the appeal of the $10,000 degree as a political buzzword has faded, the concept still exists in Texas, Florida, and elsewhere—even if the price has inflated a bit.

Jamie Merisotis
How Five Colleges Are Forging Change in Higher Ed
Natalie Schwartz, Education Dive
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College presidents are leading their institutions at a pivotal moment in higher education. Unprecedented amounts of data, the rise of online education, and a heightened focus on student outcomes are together pressuring them to develop innovative approaches to get students to complete college and land a good job.  

Five college leaders highlight the issues facing their institutions and show how they're stepping up to the challenge—from strengthening student supports to reforming remedial education. 

Jamie Merisotis
What Does ‘Career Readiness’ Look Like in Middle School?
Stephanie Strom, The Hechinger Report
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Juliet Basinger won’t finish high school before 2025, but the 11-year-old already has big plans: She wants to be a mechanical engineer. Basinger is getting a head start thanks to the high-tech experiences she's learning at Laing Middle School in Charleston County. 

The Charleston County School District is trying to build career planning into curricula for children at earlier and earlier ages, a trend unfolding in school districts around the country. Having long focused on readying students for college, school systems are beefing up their career-and-technical programs amid a growing push to more closely align the skills students accumulate in school with workforce needs.

Ivey Touts Workforce Development Efforts
The News Courier (Alabama)
Kansas Education Board Considers Push for Need-Based Aid
Tim Carpenter, The Topeka Capital-Journal
Boosting Degree Completion With Blockchain
Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed
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