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 20, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
Colleges Start Looking for Ways to House and Feed Their Students Who Are Homeless
Charlotte West, The Hechinger Report
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Widely reported research has shown surprising levels of hunger and homelessness among American college and university students. Some have been found living in their cars in campus parking lots; others rely on food banks, often stocked by classmates.

Now colleges and universities themselves are pulling together more permanent solutions, often in collaboration with local housing authorities and nonprofit partners. 

After 21 Years in Prison, an Ex-Offender Has a Job—and a Better Future
Courtland Milloy, The Washington Post
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Newly released after serving 21 years in Maryland prisons, Sean Howard is optimistic about his future. That's because while he was behind bars, Howard worked to acquire the two most important ingredients for a successful re-entry into society: an education and a job.

Howard discovered a passion for auto repair in prison shop class. Instructors recognized his exemplary attitude and work ethic and recommended him for enrollment in a nonprofit school for ex-offenders called Vehicles for Change. The program gives ex-offenders like Howard a new lease on life by equipping them with the tools and skills to become automotive technicians.
Two Former Governors See a Bipartisan Path Forward on Education
The 74 Interview
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Can a Republican and a Democrat see eye-to-eye on education? Former Governors Bill Haslam of Tennessee and Jack Markell of Delaware found that yes, they can, during a wide-ranging one-on-one discussion titled "Education Across the Aisle."

The governors, who were brought together by the Collaborative for Student Success, covered five topics of critical importance in American education: college and career readiness, standards, testing, the current state of education, and the Every Student Succeeds Act.
Jamie Merisotis
Presidential Hopefuls Are Pushing Free College Back Into the Spotlight. But What Does ‘Free’ Mean, Anyway?
Katherine Mangan, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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The free-college movement is once again making headlines as the nation grapples with student-loan debt that has ballooned to more than $1.5 trillion.

But it’s also creating confusion as presidential hopefuls stake out their positions and state and local politicians unveil their own plans. That’s because the proposals, like their sponsors, are all over the map, varying widely in scope, strings attached, and even the definition of free.

Arizona State Will Create a For-Profit Spinoff to Court Students in the Workforce
Goldie Blumenstyk, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Voc-Tech Investments Pair Needs of Students, Industry
Colin A. Young, South Coast Today
We’re Living Longer and Working Longer
Ramona Schindelheim, WorkingNation
Don’t Be So Down on American Cities
Robert Doar, American Enterprise Institute
Commentary: The War on Poverty Remains a Stalemate
Eric A. Hanushek and Paul E. Peterson, The Wall Street Journal
Essay: How Wall Street Buys Ivy League Access
Charlie Eaton, Inside Higher Ed
White House Priorities for HEA Reform
Matthew Dembicki, Community College Daily
White House Looks to Curb Student Lending
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
House Hearing Tackles College Affordability
Sara Friedman, Campus Technology
Building a Bridge From High School to College
Vincent Matthews, San Francisco Examiner
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