Top stories in higher ed for Friday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
June 28, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
Achievement Gap Closed, One Chancellor Asks, “Why Aren’t We All Doing This?”
Mikhail Zinshteyn, The Hechinger Report
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Amarachi Orakwue felt stifled during high school in Minnesota, having immigrated to the United States from Nigeria in 2010. In her own words, she “stuck out like a sore thumb” as one of the few students of color in class.

That changed when Orakwue enrolled at the University of Minnesota Rochester, a 10-year-old public university that has been closing achievement gaps by following a playbook that prioritizes student engagement. 

Jamie Merisotis
New Campaign Calls on All Young Americans to Complete a National Service Year
Ramona Schindelheim, WorkingNation
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For the more than 60,000 individuals who complete a service year through programs such as AmeriCorps, Habitat for Humanity, and Teach for America, the benefits include the opportunity to serve society while gaining the real-world skills employers want and need.  

A new campaign called Serve America Together wants to make voluntary national service—including civilian, military, and public—a common expectation and opportunity for every young American.

Jamie Merisotis
After Regaining Its Independence, Compton College Sets Ambitious Path for Future
Michael Burke, EdSource
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Compton College gained unwanted attention 14 years ago for becoming the first community college in California to be stripped of its accreditation for financial mismanagement. President Keith Curry is now plotting for a new type of fame, with the two-year college officially regaining its independence earlier this month after more than a dozen years of rebuilding its brand.

Jamie Merisotis
Democratic Divisions on Higher Ed
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
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Candidates vying for the Democratic nomination for president offered contrasting visions on college affordability and student debt in two debates this week.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont Independent, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, both have introduced campaign proposals for free public college and student debt cancellation.

Other candidates, however, have argued for targeted college affordability measures and limited fixes for student borrowers.

Talking About Success—With Students
Mark Russell Johnson, Community College Daily
JPMorgan Chase to Invest Additional $50 Million in Detroit
Caroline Llanes, Michigan Public Radio
Correction by Degrees: Postsecondary Programs in Prisons
National Conference of State Legislatures
The Demand Driven University System: A Mixed Report Card
Australian Government Productivity Commission 
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