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 21, 2019
Education Leaders Laud Some White House HEA Principles
LaMont Jones, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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Education leaders reacted positively to some of the principles outlined by the White House as Congress works toward reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, but questioned the possible direction of other aspects based on details yet to emerge.

Accountability and transparency are key themes observed in the five-page "Proposal to Reform the Higher Education Act" issued this week by the U.S. Department of Education. 
Jamie Merisotis
The Cruel Irony of ‘Free’ College Promises
Tiffany Jones, The New York Times
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Less recognized but just as devastatingly widespread as the student debt crisis is the unaddressed shadow crisis of non-tuition costs such as housing, food, books, and transportation (as well as child care). These necessities—often rendered ancillary fees by wealthy or upper middle-class parents who can pick up the tab as their children focus on class—are rarely covered in even the most generous of states.

Jamie Merisotis
How High School Students Feel About the College Admissions Scandal
John Yang, PBS NewsHour
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It's now been more than a week since federal prosecutors pulled back the curtain on the college admissions scandal involving wealthy parents, actresses, business leaders, and others who reportedly bought their students' admission into high-profile schools like Yale, UCLA, Georgetown, and the University of Southern California.

The story has sparked a wider conversation about critical flaws in today's higher education system, as well as the many legal advantages that the powerful and well-connected have had at their disposal for decades. In this interview, high school students weigh in on the issue with thoughts on what colleges and universities must do to make their admissions processes fairer and more inclusive.

Working to Bring Diversity to Tech Is a ‘Trek for a Lifetime’
Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge
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Harvey Mudd College is known as a powerhouse in engineering and computer science—but like those fields, it has struggled historically with recruiting diverse staff and students.

Maria Klawe became the first woman president for the college in 2006, and she’s made it one of her missions to change that trend. In this podcast, Klawe talks about her efforts to encourage diversity in technology and the progress achieved thus far.
Will the U.S. Run Out of Workers?
Theresa Collington, WorkingNation
WQED Documentary Addresses Pittsburgh’s Evolving Workforce Needs
Mary Pickels, Tarentum Valley News Dispatch
Opinion: Remaking Higher Ed From Within
Kathleen deLaski and Rufus Glasper, Inside Higher Ed
How to Avoid Dropping Out of College
Josh Moody, U.S. News & World Report
Blog: On the Right Track in Chicago
Bill Gates, The Gates Notes
Governors’ Top Education Priorities in 2019 State of the State Addresses
Education Commission of the States/National Governors Association
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