Top stories in higher ed for Thursday
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, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
Planting Dreams
Daniel Alarcón, Vox
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Erica Alfaro just got her master’s degree. But underneath the cap and gown is the story of migrant farm workers, a teen pregnancy, and domestic abuse.

On this episode of the Today, Explained podcast, Wil Del Pilar of The Education Trust explains why it’s time for colleges to do more to cater to first-generation college students like Alfaro and himself.

Better Coaching, Bigger Gains
Ellie Ashford, Community College Daily
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The implementation of a student coaching initiative and a guided pathways model has led to solid gains in student success at Austin Community College (ACC) in Texas.

Under the new advising effort, the college moved away from traditional, passive academic advising toward a more developmental coaching approach. Advisers proactively work with students on a range of issues, including their financial situation, personal wellness, time-management skills, and career readiness.

ACC also enhanced academic support and expanded the safety net for students facing financial, housing, and food insecurity. This additional support has proven crucial, as many students at ACC are supporting families and more than a one-third struggle with insufficient access to food.
A New Way of Helping Students Pay for College: Give Them Corporate Jobs
Mikhail Zinshteyn, The Hechnger Report
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On the third floor of a downtown Salt Lake City office building, Solomon Kalapala can be found chatting with a Microsoft customer on one computer screen while troubleshooting the customer’s misbehaving software on another. Kalapala isn't a typical call center employee, however. He's among about 300 University of Utah students with side jobs here arranged by a nonprofit called Education at Work (EAW).

EAW sets up partnerships between universities and large employers to provide jobs like Kalapala’s. The employers get reliable employees and prospective hires while the universities can offer students a novel way to work for tuition and keep their loan debt low. Students also gain valuable work experience.
Jamie Merisotis
How Colleges Are Bringing Back Stopped-Out Students
Natalie Schwartz, Education Dive
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More than 1 million college students drop out each year, a trend that cost colleges $16.5 billion in lost revenue in the 2010-11 academic year alone, according to a report from the Educational Policy Institute.

That may be changing. Several headwinds—including sagging enrollment, diminished state support and a greater focus on student outcomes—are pushing colleges to bring back their stopped-out students instead of focusing solely on replacing them with new recruits.

Business Group Backs Expanding Access to Aid
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
These Students Are Guaranteed $70,000 Jobs Upon College Graduation
Tyler Blint-Welsh, The Wall Street Journal
Rewriting the Rule Book for College Accreditors
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
What's in a Microcredential?
Wayne D'Orio, Education Dive
Borrowing for Medical School
Jason D. Delisle, American Enterprise Institute
Opinion: The Wealth That New Schools Should Build
Andre Perry, The Hechinger Report
Essay: Federal Experiment Won't Fix Work-Study
Sarah Pingel, Inside Higher Ed
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