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.
March 4, 2020
Jamie Merisotis
Finishing College Can Be Hard When 'Life Gets in the Way'—But There Is Help
Dakota Pawlicki, Lumina Foundation
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Thirty-six million adults have some college credit but no degree. Johnathan Williams is one of the faces behind those numbers. 

In this podcast, Williams talks about the reasons leading him back to Wayne State University to finish his bachelor’s degree after nearly 30 years, how the school's Warrior Way Back program made the journey possible, and what policymakers and colleges can do to reach and support adults who make the transition back to school.

Jamie Merisotis
University Housing for Faculty and Staff
Lilah Burke, Inside Higher Ed
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Housing insecurity is a growing challenge for students in the California State University system. But faculty and staff members at California universities also are feeling the burden of rising rents. Many live far away and commute for hours each day. Others live with roommates or in small apartments with family.

San José State University hopes a creative solution can help.

Jamie Merisotis
In the Race for Students, Even the Winners Have Plenty to Lose
Lee Gardner, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Appalachian State University is, as they say, winning. And it’s winning at a game many other colleges are losing these days.

Appalachian State is one of several public institutions to successfully parlay a good reputation and nonflagship tuition prices into more students. But growth can bring other challenges. 

Jamie Merisotis
Latinos Are the Future of Higher Education in Kansas, But Colleges Struggle Keeping Them
Stephan Bisaha, KMUW
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The good news for Kansas public colleges: 1,000 more Latino students will be enrolled a decade from now. The bad news? The state predicts fewer students will earn a degree or certification in 2029.

It’s a dilemma that has state education officials looking for solutions, be it opening four-year colleges in areas with large Latino populations or more funding from the Legislature. No matter what, officials are worried that without more workers who have degrees, the state won’t be able to fill high-demand jobs or boost its economy.

Closing the Skills Gap: The Frictionless Pathway
Ramona Schindelheim, Work in Progress
College Completion Rates Rise Across State Lines But Racial Gaps Persist
Sara Weissman, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
College for People Like Me: How Majority-Black Campuses Boost Social Mobility
Tiffany Ford and Richard V. Reeves, Brookings Institution
New Research on KIPP Shows That Charter Middle Schools Can Improve Early College Outcomes
Ira Nichols-Barrer, Philip Gleason, and Thomas Coen, EducationNext
Rural Colleges More Nimble in Scaling Up Pathways
Ellie Ashford, Community College Daily
Higher Education Subsidies Do Not Produce Better Educational or Economic Results
Jarrett Skorup, Mackinac Center for Public Policy (Michigan)
Utah Lawmakers Get Creative With Requests for ‘Education’ Funding
Bethany Rodgers and Benjamin Wood, The Salt Lake Tribune
Unraveling the Complexity of America’s Student-Loan Debt
Don Troop, Bennett Leckrone, and Danielle McLean, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Financial Aid Professional Seeks to Broadcast Data on Student Loans
Joelle Fredman, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
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