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.
March 12, 2019
Promoting Tuition-Free Programs to Undocumented Students
Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed
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In a political climate where undocumented students are increasingly feeling unwelcome under the Trump administration's stated opposition to illegal immigration and risk deportation under its tough law enforcement policies, some states are openly promoting their tuition-free programs to those very students and encouraging them to apply.
Jamie Merisotis
Why Thousands of College Grads Start Their Careers at a Rental-Car Company
Beckie Supiano, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Many accounts of where college graduates ultimately land focus on the extremes: The art-history graduate working as a barista and living in his parents' basement. The polished Ivy League alumna scoring a six-figure job on Wall Street. 

The more common post-college destination, though, looks a lot more like working at Enterprise Rent-A-Car, the flagship brand of Enterprise Holdings. And according to Enterprise, college does matter, a lot.

To Enterprise, a college degree matters mostly because it suggests that a candidate has acquired the right mix of skills to succeed in an entry-level job--and to move up the ladder from there. Its hiring philosophy and practices may reveal something important about what a B.A. truly signals.

Jamie Merisotis
Despite High Costs, New Poll Shows Most Young Adults Think a Four-Year Degree Is Worth It
Delece Smith-Barrow, The Hechinger Report
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With the cost of college steadily rising, and student debt continuing to overwhelm millions of borrowers, it makes sense if young adults questioned the value of a bachelor's degree. Apparently that's not the case. 

Among 18- to 34-year-olds, 59 percent believe four-year schools are worth the price tag, according to a new survey from American Public Media’s APM Research Lab and The Hechinger Report.

Five Ideas for Change in Higher Ed From SXSW EDU
Hallie Busta, Education Dive
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A number of themes emerged at this year's  SXSW EDU, as education leaders and others shared small but significant ways they are making progress toward broader change in higher education.  

Among the various tactics cited over the course of the conference: Improving career services, getting strategic about online growth, addressing the needs of adult learners, and keeping a closer eye on students by using data to predict whether they might need additional support.
Higher Education Leaders' Goal Is Workforce-Ready Graduates
Brandi Addison, Midland Reporter-Telegram (Texas)
Infographic: Visualizing the Youth Apprentice's Journey
Taylor White and Julie Brosnan, New America
A College Chain Crumbles, and Millions in Student Loan Cash Disappears
Stacy Cowley and Erica L. Green, The New York Times
Blog: Thoughts on Argosy
Matt Reed, Confessions of a Community College Dean
Blog: The Incredible Whiteness of Higher Education
Gabriela Montell, The Equity Line
Essay: Building the Field of Public Interest Technology
Anne-Marie Slaughter, Darren Walker, and Larry Kramer, Inside Higher Ed
Immigrants Talk About How Life Has Changed Since Moving to Troy
Patrice McDonald Rowbal, The Oakland Press
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