Top stories in higher ed for Friday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
March 15, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
'I Need a Degree in Order to Move Forward': Why Some Adults Choose College
Elissa Nadworny, NPR
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A new father trying to provide for his family. A grandmother finishing what she started more than four decades ago. A man navigating multiple schools, hidden curriculums, and financial hurdles. These are just some of the older learners working toward a degree in the United States.

The majority of today's college students have characteristics that describe them as "nontraditional": They work; they're raising children; they're not coming straight from high school. And while some may take a detour to make money or care for family, others are going back far later in life.

‘Alternative Universities’
Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed
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What if every college student had to major in three subjects, unrelated to one another? What if colleges built degrees around a series of global experiences?

The ideas are among the speculative considerations of Alternative Universities: Speculative Design for Innovation in Higher Education. In his new book, author David J. Staley sets forth a series of possible models for higher education, not restricting himself to those immediately possible or practical.
California’s Dual Enrollment at a Crossroads
David Ogul, Community College Daily
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For many high school students in California, dual-enrollment programs are an integral part of creating a seamless pathway to community college and beyond. 

But dual enrollment is at a crossroads, as 2015 legislation included a sunset date of January 1, 2022. New legislation, Assembly Bill 30, would keep the successful program in place until January 1, 2027, but it is hardly a sure thing.

Jamie Merisotis
Student Safety Net
The Chronicle of Higher Education
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In recent years, colleges and universities have ramped up services for students from low-income backgrounds. While that support often focuses on tuition assistance and academic aid, it can also mean providing a safety net: emergency cash grants, a place to sleep, and food.

This collection of articles focuses on how institutions help undergraduates who are homeless or face other tough situations that can disrupt their learning.  

Fixing Arizona's Attainment Problem Will Boost Economy
Lisa Irish, Arizona Education News Service
Getting Credentials Right
Roy Swift, IndustryWeek
The State of American Trade Schools
Chuck Thompson, Popular Mechanics
States Seek Tighter Regulation of For-Profits
Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed
Opinion: Helping Americans Make Smart Choices When Investing in Higher Ed
Paul Mitchell and Raja Krishnamoorthi, The Hill
The Learner Revolution
Education Design Lab
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