Top stories in higher ed for Monday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
March 18, 2019
Re-Engaging Part-Time Students
Ellie Ashford, Community College Daily
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Research shows that part-time students are much more likely to leave college than their full-time peers. The reasons vary, but many part-time students carry the added challenge of balancing work and family with school and studies. Too often, these time demands prove overwhelming and cause them to drop out. 

More colleges are taking note of their part-time students, providing resources and support to help them re-engage and cross the finish line.
Jamie Merisotis
Income Before: $18,000. After: $85,000. Does Tiny Nonprofit Hold a Key to the Middle Class?
Steve Lohr, The New York Times
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Jukay Hsu believes technology can be a road to the middle class for large numbers of Americans. He's using that vision to train low-income adults for technology-related jobs through his company, Pursuit. 

Housed in a former zipper factory in Long Island City, the Queens neighborhood where Amazon had intended to locate, Pursuit is a small yet innovative player in a growing number of nonprofits developing new models for workforce training.

Pursuit starts with an intensive boot camp where students learn coding, professional skills, and how to navigate the tech industry. Then, for the next three years, they get coaching and support while working. The company stands out for the size of the income gains of its graduates and its experiment with a kind of bond to finance growth.

Jamie Merisotis
Rutgers-Newark Honors Program Takes New Approach to Developing Citizen Leaders
LaMont Jones, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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As a star sprinter on his high school track team, Christopher Latonnel was recruited by numerous colleges before putting Duke University in his top two. Latonnel ultimately chose Rutgers University-Newark, however, because he says the school focused more on his academic potential rather than his athletic prowess and admitted him to its Honors Living-Learning Community (HLLC).

The HLLC is an access-and-success initiative that seeks to recruit future leaders, especially those in Newark, and bring them to live and learn together within a network of academic, financial, and emotional support so that they can thrive in college and graduate as societal change agents.

Shocked by the College Admissions Scandal? School Counselors Aren’t
Mandy Savitz-Romer and Steve Desir, The Hechinger Report
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The recent celebrity-studded college admissions scandal is an important reminder that the path to social mobility is paved with gold for some students and blocked for some others.

The reality is that students from affluent families have many advantages over low-income students when it comes to college admissions—and most of them are legal and rarely called into question.
A Common Language for College Credit
Jacqueline Arnold, Marie Cini, and Marc Singer, The EvoLLLution
Opinion: International Students Part of the Workforce Solution
Steve Tobocman, Crain's Detroit Business (Michigan)
Cassidy, Warren Reintroduce College Transparency Act
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
A Hot U.S. Job Market Is Coaxing People in From the Sidelines
Christopher Rugaber, The Spokesman-Review
Performance Standards in Need-Based Student Aid
Community College Research Center
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