Top stories in higher ed for Thursday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
March 14, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
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College Completion Rates Are Up, But the Numbers Will Still Surprise You
Elissa Nadworny, NPR
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To unlock the benefits of going to college, you need to earn a degree. But average completion rates in the United States are surprisingly low and can vary widely depending on what type of school you attend.

Why are so few students graduating? Some education experts point to the fact that many institutions have not adapted to serve today's learners. Students are more diverse than ever, racially and economically. They're working part-time, with many struggling financially with college costs, hunger, housing, and other issues.

Maryland Retail, Restaurant Industries Join National Push to Hire Former Inmates
Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun
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After serving 18 years for attempted murder, Tyrone Arrington wanted to find a job and make his daughter—a toddler when he was convicted—proud.

Arrington got lucky. With the help of a West Baltimore employment center, Arrington landed two job offers after just a few weeks home. He also is benefiting from an economy in need of skilled workers at a time when employers’ views are shifting when it comes to hiring ex-offenders.
Try and Try and Try Again
Matthew Dembicki, Community College Daily
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During a House Education and Labor Committee hearing on Wednesday about college costs, it was the testimony of a community college graduate who summed up the challenges that many two-year college students face, as well as the college services available to help them cross such hurdles.
Jamie Merisotis
New Book Uncovers a Sea Change of Success Happening for First-Generation College Graduates
The 74
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America’s poorest students face a far less likely chance of graduating from college within six years. In The B.A. Breakthrough: How Ending Diploma Disparities Can Change the Face of America, veteran journalist and author Richard Whitmire argues that improving those odds could be “the most effective anti-poverty program ever launched in this country.”

Whitmire takes readers to places where that catalytic change is happening: K-12 schools using data-smart strategies to get students to and through college; elite colleges accepting once-disparaged community college transfers by the thousands and providing unprecedented supports to first-generation students on campus; and innovative nonprofits changing the culture of college counseling in under-resourced high schools.

Report on 'New Foundational Skills' for Workforce
Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed
What a Reporter Learned From the Hippest of the Hip Colleges
Anemona Hartocollis, The New York Times
Four Ideas for Improving Education From the Chronicle’s 2019 ‘Shark Tank’
Goldie Blumenstyk, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Report Offers Lessons From MSIs for Preparing Teachers for Diverse Schools
Tiffany Pennamon, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Podcast: Second Chance Pell
In the Know With ACCT
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