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 21, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
How 2020 Presidential Candidates Would Address ‘Albatross’ of Student Debt
Lisa Desjardins, PBS NewsHour
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It's an issue that affects millions of Americans: student debt. And it's shaping the 2020 presidential race. On average, students leave college owing $29,600; for Black students, the number is $34,000.

This episode of PBS NewsHour reports on candidate proposals to address the challenge and how they might make college more affordable. 

Jamie Merisotis
Bringing Students Back Through Debt Forgiveness
Ellie Ashford, Community College Daily
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Sometimes a nominal debt can derail students from completing a degree or credential. Clark State Community College in Springfield, Ohio, wants to help with the launch of a new debt forgiveness program called The New Beginning. 

Candidates for the program include former students who are within two terms of completing their program of study, hold a GPA of 2.0 or higher, are in good academic and conduct standing, and have an outstanding tuition balance. 

Jamie Merisotis
Native Americans Are Almost Invisible on College Campuses, and It's Hurting Their Chances for Success
Adolfo Guzman-Lopez, Southern California Public Radio
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For Native American college students, the road to earning a college degree can be a hard-fought, lonely pursuit. There are 280,000 students enrolled at University of California campuses throughout the state, but only about 1,100 of them are Native Americans. That’s about 100 more than 20 years ago. And compared to all UC students, Native Americans are 11 percent less likely to earn a degree within six years.

Some schools are trying to improve those statistics with programs that foster a sense of inclusiveness and belonging.

Jamie Merisotis
College Admissions After Operation Varsity Blues
Stefanie Niles, National Association for College Admission Counseling
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Operation Varsity Blues uncovered a complex bribing and cheating scandal in elite college admissions. Guilty pleas, lawsuits, and a growing cynicism about the college admissions process have raised lingering questions about access to higher education in the United States.

Insiders from the world of admissions break down the facts, myths, and rules of engagement for today's college landscape on this segment of a new podcast called College Admissions Decoded.

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Amber Garrison Duncan, Higher Learning Advocates
Innovator and Visionary for Community Colleges
Lois Elfman, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
How One Professor Helps Online Students Forge Connections
Beckie Supiano, The Chronicle of Higher Education
How Dorm Rooms Can Affect Grades
Jeremy Bauer-Wolf, Inside Higher Ed
The Future of CAPS in Higher Education
Dr. Henry G. Brzycki and Elaine J. Brzycki, eCampus News
Opinion: 'The Poor Kids Need What the Rich Kids Have'
Steve Bumbaugh, The Hechinger Report
Education Groups Partner on Tech Apprenticeships
Alex Brown, Inside INdiana Business (Indiana)
Postsecondary Data Infrastructure: What Is Possible Today
Massive Data Institute at Georgetown Unversity
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