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.
June 13, 2018
Podcast: The Future of Small Colleges
Jeff Selingo and Michael Horn, Future U Podcast
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Pat McGuire, president of Trinity Washington University, reflects on the changes she's implemented to transform Trinity from a small, Catholic women's college into a thriving university committed to making higher education accessible to underserved populations, particularly economically disadvantaged students of color from the D.C. community. 

The Minority-Serving-College Mobility Bump
Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed
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Lower-income students who attend minority-serving colleges are more likely to see a jump in their economic status than are those who attend other colleges.

That's the bottom-line finding from a new report by the American Council on Education. The paper found that income-mobility rates tend to be two to three times higher at minority-serving institutions than at non-minority-serving ones. The higher rates occur despite the fact that minority-serving colleges are educating the "country's most vulnerable students," the study notes, often with relatively limited budgets.
This Financial Giant Will Now Offer College at No Cost to Employees
Zack Friedman, Forbes
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Discover is offering its workers a new perk: A free college degree.

The financial services company joins a growing list of businesses helping employees earn college degrees. Walmart, McDonald's, Taco Bell, and several hotel chains have expanded their education benefits all within the past six months.
 
Discover's new education assistance program, known as The Discover College Commitment, gives all eligible employees the opportunity to earn a bachelor's degree online from an accredited non-profit public or private university at no cost. The benefit covers tuition, required fees, books, and supplies.
Free Tuition for All Recent High School Grads
Jack Beresford, Community College Daily
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Free college will soon be a reality in San Diego.

The San Diego Community College District (SDCCD) recently announced a major expansion of its tuition-free program known as the San Diego Promise, making all recent high school graduates who are first-time, full-time students eligible to receive two free years of college. 

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer calls San Diego Promise an investment in the region’s future and key to ensuring a competitive workforce.

The Future of Work for Communities Across America
Clifford M. Johnson, CitiesSpeak
Essay: Colleges Re-Bound?
Chris W. Gallagher, Inside Higher Ed
Opinion: Jobs Require More Than High School Education
Yakima Herald-Republic Editorial Board
California Higher Ed Leaders Oppose PROSPER Act
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
Southwest Arkansas Schools Courting Hispanic Students
Aaron Brand, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
‘No One Can Take Away My Degree’
Aaron Brand, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
After-School Programs Enter Career-Tech Space
Marva Hinton, Education Week
Walmart Gives Employees Access to Affordable Online Degrees
Rocio Villaseñor, Chief Learning Officer
Let's Build a Dual-Enrollment Culture
Kevin P. Chavous, RealClearEducation
Amarillo College Hosts No Excuses Poverty Summit
Angelina Perez, MyHighPlains.com
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