Top stories in higher ed for Monday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
June 3, 2019
Virginia Tech Has 1,000 More Freshmen Than It Expected, and It’s Offering Some of Them Cash to Defer Enrollment
Alexander C. Kafka, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Virginia Tech has a big problem that other colleges would love to be wrestling with: a supersized incoming freshman class about 1,000 students larger than anticipated. So the university is offering cash inducements for some students to defer enrollment, but it says that deferment is only one strategy in its arsenal and that by late August it will be ready for the Class of 2023, no matter its size. 
Jamie Merisotis
‘Gigantic Expansion’ of Washington’s State Need Grant Means Free College for Poorest Students
Chad Sokol, The Spokesman-Review
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Paris Hines, 25, is a single mother at Spokane Community College who takes on odd jobs and visits the campus food bank to support herself as she works toward an associate degree and a paralegal certificate. Ultimately, she plans to become a lawyer.

That endeavor would be impossible without financial aid programs like Washington’s State Need Grant. Under a new system that raises taxes on about one-fifth of Washington businesses, many more low-income students will benefit from the State Need Grant, rebranded as the Washington College Grant, starting in 2020.

Jamie Merisotis
College Dropouts Have a Safety Net in Europe: Apprenticeships
Olivera Perkins, The Plain Dealer
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Students who drop out of university in Germany or other European countries with dual-education systems have somewhat of a safety net: a three-plus year of apprenticeship to train for good-paying jobs when higher education doesn’t work out.

While many in Europe do apprenticeships in high school, they can be done at any age. In the United States, pre-apprenticeships are offered in high school, often with no direct path to a good-paying job after graduation.

Inside the Debate Over College-in-Prison Programs' Value
Lee Gaines, WBUR
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There are roughly 200 college-in-prison programs nationwide, and there's a debate over whether they make a difference. Prisons measure the success of these initiatives by whether someone who's been released will return. But as one recent graduate explains, that's not the only way to determine success.

Low-Income Job Seekers Hope Construction Is a Promising Industry
Ambriehl Crutchfield, Cincinnati Public Radio
Opinion: Narrow the Skills Gap by Passing the JOBS Act
Steve Millard, Akron Beacon Journal
The Nudges That Didn't Work
Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed
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