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 26, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
Photo: Yifan Wu
For These Young, Nontraditional College Students, Adulting Is a Requirement
Elissa Nadworny, NPR
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They are early-risers and hard-workers. Some are the first in their family to go to college—or even graduate from high school—and many are financially independent from their parents. They're often struggling to pay for rent, groceries, and transportation while taking classes. And that means working while in school—in retail, on campus, or even with a lawn care business.

These individuals are the "nontraditional" college students of today. Though they stand among the estimated 12.3 million students who are under 25 years old, their lives look very different from the "typical" student we see in movies and TV.

Financial Emergencies Can Be Catastrophic for Low-Income Students. A Start-Up Wants to Help.
Goldie Blumenstyk, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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David Helene believes that lack of money for financial emergencies shouldn’t be the reason students fail to graduate from college. Helene is the founder of Edquity, which leverages technology to promote students’ financial success. 

On Tuesday, the Brooklyn-based company named Sara Goldrick-Rab, a well-known scholar-activist working to make college more affordable and equitable, as its chief strategy officer for emergency aid. She will help the fledgling company apply its tech-driven services in ways that enable colleges to better manage and allocate emergency aid to the students most in need.

The First Fully Online State Community College Will Serve 'Stranded Workers'
Jeff Ryder, WorkingNation
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Millions of Californians are considered stranded workers—individuals who finished high school but have no degree. To help these individuals reach their educational goals, California created its first fully online community college within the state’s existing community college system.

Heather Hiles is the president and CEO of the California Online Community College District (COCCD). In this interview, she and California’s Chancellor for Community Colleges Eloy Ortiz Oakley explain why the college's unique model is imperative for the success of the state's economy.

Jamie Merisotis
The College Students Who Live in Homeless Shelters
Claire Bryan, Politico
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Each morning, Alexis Eanes and her two children would emerge from their two-door silver Honda Civic Coupe parked in Upper Manhattan and walk across the street to the elementary school the children attended. The receptionist arrived early to let them into the bathroom to clean up before starting their day. For three weeks last year, Eanes and her children lived out of her car while she attended Bronx Community College. 

As college costs rise to the top of the American political debate, the housing crisis faced by many students has recently begun to surface as an underappreciated crisis that can be far more harmful than even the high price of tuition. 

California Finally to Move Ahead With 'Cradle to Career' Data System
John Fensterwald and Louis Freedberg, EdSource
Getting to Work in Wyoming
AACC 21st Century Center
Expanding Beyond NYC’s 5 Boroughs
Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed
Evolving Models of Postsecondary Learning
India Heckstall, Higher Learning Advocates
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