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 5, 2018
The Fate of Thousands of College Students—and Their Kids—Hangs in the Balance
Jillian Berman, MarketWatch
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There's one key amenity keeping Vita Preciado in college. It's not a gourmet cafeteria, brand-new gym, or even financial aid or scholarship dollars. It's her school's campus child-care center. 

The future of that program hangs in the balance. Across the country, campus child-care programs, like the one Preciado relies on, are waiting to see whether they’ll be able to afford to maintain their services or even expand them.

The Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) program is the only federal program that supports child-care access for low-income college students who have children. For students who benefit from CCAMPIS, the effort has a powerful impact on their ability to persist and complete a college credential. 

They Did It: California Students Who Graduated From State Colleges in Four Years
Larry Gordon, EdSource
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Chelsie Orbasé showed some of the warning signs that keep fellow Sacramento State students from graduating in four years. She switched majors, failed a few classes, and worked a lot of hours at jobs off and on campus.

Despite such circumstances that tend to delay students from finishing on time, Orbasé received her bachelor's degree four years after she started school as a freshman. In doing so, she is in a distinct minority at her university and much of the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system.

Four-year graduates like Orbasé are role models for what the CSU system aims to replicate on a larger scale with its Graduation Initiative. Among other things, the plan includes adding classes, dropping placement exams, changing and easing some requirements, pushing students to take heavier academic loads, and replacing non-credit remedial courses with for-credit classes.
Higher Ed Needs More Speed Boats, Fewer Battleships
Romesh Ratnesar, Bloomberg 
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Since taking office in 2011, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has turned his state into a laboratory for policy innovation. In 2014, Tennessee became the first state to offer free tuition at a community or technical college for every graduating high-school senior. This year, it expanded that program to adults without degrees who want to go to college. Since 2012, the percentage of Tennesseans with a postsecondary credential has increased from 33.3 percent to 40.7 percent. Haslam has set a goal of reaching 55 percent by 2025.

In this interview, Haslam offers insight into raising expectations, connecting education to work, and what leaders in the rest of the country can learn from Tennessee. 
Liberal Arts Face Uncertain Future at Nation's Universities
Alex Baumhardt and Chris Julin, APM Reports
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In 1967, one in five students enrolled in a U.S. university majored in the liberal arts. Today, that's down to one in 20 students, according to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. 

In this Educate podcast, Jon Marcus of The Hechinger Report talks about the decline in liberal arts majors across the country and how institutions like the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point are cutting programs to make way for degrees with “clear career pathways.”

Freshmen ‘Are Souls That Want to Be Awakened’
Kelly Field, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Report on Confusion Created in Aid Award Letters
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
Chamber's Workforce Survey Confirms Concerns
Ray Scherer, The News-Press Now (Missouri)
Opinion: 'Indy Achieves' Seeks to Broaden Educational Opportunities
Joe Hogsett, Kathleen Lee, and Nasser H. Paydar, Indianapolis Star
Editorial: Lessons From Cleveland
The Roanoke Times (Virginia)
Strategies to Improve Graduation Rates
Jean Dimeo, Education Dive
WICHE Selects Wyoming for Postsecondary Attainment Work
Kristine Galloway, Wyoming Tribune Eagle
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