Top stories in higher ed for Monday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
June 4, 2018
A Third of Your Freshmen Disappear. How Can You Keep Them?
Kelly Field, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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When the first-year retention rate at Southern Utah University fell five percentage points over five years, college administrators there knew they had a problem. They just weren’t sure what to do about it.

Jared N. Tippets, the chief retention officer and vice president for student affairs, and his team started from scratch, building a comprehensive "first-year experience" that combined financial support with enhanced advising, earlier identification of struggling students, and a focus on fostering a sense of belonging. They overhauled orientation, redesigned the first-year seminar, and created a new peer-mentoring program, among other changes.

The holistic approach seems to be working.

Higher Ed Advocates to Next California Governor: Increase Funding, Especially for Non-Tuition Costs
Nico Savidge, EdSource
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After years of pressure to do more with tight budgets from Gov. Jerry Brown, higher education advocates are looking to California’s next governor to set an agenda for the future of its colleges and universities and improve how the state helps low-income students.

Brown has taken on several higher education issues as governor, most recently proposing a new online community college and a reworked funding formula that would tie some of the money community colleges receive to student outcomes.
Wayne State Offers New Program for Students Who Left University With Debt and No Degree
CBS Detroit
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Wayne State University in Michigan is giving former students with debt, but no degree, a way back. The program, called Warrior Way Back, lets returning students with an outstanding loan balance of a certain amount re-enroll to "learn" away their past debt and earn a college credential. The effort also will help Detroit's growing demand for an educated workforce and support the city's economic renaissance.
‘Dreamers’ Celebrate Graduation Despite DACA Uncertainty
Timothy Pratt, The Hechinger Report/PBS NewsHour
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Last month, Jacob Maldonado, now 22, walked across the stage at Trevecca Nazarene University to receive his college diploma.

Maldonado persevered through hard work and financial support from private groups like Equal Chance for Education, which provides scholarships to "DREAMers" in Nashville, Tennessee, who are not eligible for student loans or financial aid because of their legal status. 

Among the many hurdles faced by students in the Deferred Action for Early Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, one of the biggest is financial. They are ineligible for federal loans or grants, and 32 states, including Georgia, and, most recently, Arizona, have passed laws forcing DACA students to pay higher out-of-state tuition at public universities and colleges, even if they're in-state residents.

Report Examines Impact of Last-Dollar Financial Aid
Lois Elfman, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed
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Ellie Ashford, Community College Daily
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Karen Francisco, The Journal Gazette (Indiana)
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