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 6, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
'Free College' Is Increasingly Popular—and Complicated for States
Sophie Quinton, Stateline
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At least 15 states, some led by Republicans, others by Democrats, now cover two-year or four-year college tuition for some students. Lawmakers in 23 states are floating "free college" bills this year. And several high-profile Democratic presidential candidates want to not only make college tuition-free but also eliminate student loan debt. 

At the same time, policymakers continue to spar over who should get aid and how much. Some want to expand free college to more students and cover more than tuition. Others contend that universal free college programs fail to prepare students for the workforce. 

Jamie Merisotis
‘Begin to Take Teaching Seriously’: A Longtime Leader Shares Three Wishes for Higher Ed
Goldie Blumenstyk, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Gail Mellow is retiring as president at LaGuardia Community College. The institution she leads serves some 50,000 students, many of them low-income, immigrants, or first-generation college students-or, in some cases, all three. 

In this interview, Mellow shares insight into what she hopes will transpire for the future of higher education. 

Jamie Merisotis
Why We Need to Fix the College-to-Career Hand Off
Hallie Busta, Education Dive
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Earlier this week, the ninth-annual SXSW EDU gathering in Austin, Texas, provided an opportunity for higher education leaders to discuss flaws in career readiness and how institutions and employers must work together to create a more seamless transition from college to career.

Panel participants in one session cited a number of ways to build a better bridge from college to career, including more funding, enhanced training, and sharing best practices.

Jamie Merisotis
Photo: Mai Ly Degnan
As Elite Campuses Diversify, a 'Bias Towards Privilege' Persists
Elissa Nadworny, NPR
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Elite colleges are making strides to diversify their student bodies, both racially and economically. In the past few years, we've seen most top schools commit to enrolling more low-income students through financial aid, recruiting efforts, and programs for high school students aimed at expanding the talent pipeline.

But once those students arrive on campus, says author and professor Anthony Abraham Jack, they often find the experience isolating and foreign.

The Next Generation of CTE in Colorado
Sarah Heath, AACC 21st Century Center
Detroit to Get $30M Skills Trade Training Center
Ken Coleman, Michigan Advance
Prison Education: Making the Most of a Second Chance
Haley Glover, Jesse O’Connell, and Wayne Taliaferro, Medium
'Ban the Box' Movement Takes Aim at College Applications
Alex Burness, The Colorado Independent
Demography as Opportunity
Community College Research Center
Undergraduate Teaching Faculty: The HERI Faculty Survey 2016-2017
Higher Education Research Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles
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