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.
June 18, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
Top Higher Ed Debate in 2019? Big Solutions for Borrowers
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
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Where the 2016 presidential campaign pushed free college onto the national agenda, candidates and policy makers are getting pressure now to take a position on solutions for current student borrowers struggling to repay their loan debt. An idea that was previously relegated to the political fringes, canceling student debt, is gaining new momentum. It's a reflection of just how many borrowers view their student debt as a major concern, observers say.

Jamie Merisotis
‘It’s a Life Changer’: Goucher College’s Prison Education Partnership Offers Maryland Prisoners Chance at a College Degree
Denise Koch, CBS Baltimore
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Curtis Thompson has eight years left to serve of his sentence for robbery. He says the chance to earn a college degree in prison offers him hope for a better, more productive life.

Thompson is among some 18,000 men and women incarcerated in Maryland. The vast majority will be released when they’ve served their sentence, but nearly half will end up back behind bars.

Goucher College aims to end this cycle through education. Its program, the Goucher Prison Education Partnership (GPEP), offers college-level courses at two correctional institutions. Goucher is the only college in the region offering bachelor degrees to people while incarcerated. GPEP also provides college prep classes and tutoring to its students.

Jamie Merisotis
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Four Ways to Break the Cycle of Food and Housing Insecurity on Campus
Angela Sanchez, The Hechinger Report
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By breaking down biases and mobilizing communities, campuses can foster trust in students struggling with hunger, homelessness, and other gaps in basic needs. Accurate information about students’ basic needs comes from more than just survey responses—it starts with empathy in action.

As an example, Tacoma Community College in Washington now works with the local housing authority to offer housing vouchers for students who are homeless or in danger of losing their homes. In California, students who qualify for the state’s Educational Opportunity Program are now automatically eligible for CalFresh, the state’s nutritional assistance program.

Jamie Merisotis
Overcoming ‘Summer Melt’
Ellie Ashford, Community College Daily
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For community colleges trying to retain every student, summer is a precarious season when many high school graduates who plan to enroll in the fall don’t follow through. Current students who take the summer off often fail to come back, too.

More colleges are fighting back against summer melt by bringing potential students to campus for small-group workshops, engaging students through personal contacts, offering free summer classes, and sending automatic reminders throughout the summer.

12 Trends Killing College
Tom Vander Ark, Forbes
The Paradox of Working While in College
Jill Barshay, The Hechinger Report
Report: Most Who Default on Student Loans Live Close to Poverty, Dropped Out of School
Allie Bidwell, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
The Impact of State Cuts
Nick Hazelrigg, Inside Higher Ed
Michigan Female Inmates Receive College Degrees
Oralandar Brand-Williams, The Detroit News
Opinion: Reforms Will Show 'Virginia Is for Learners'
Keisha Pexton, The Virginian-Pilot
College Affordability in Every Corner of California
Policy Analysis for California Education
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