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 29, 2019
Meet the English Professor Creating the Billion-Dollar College of the Future
Susan Adams, Forbes
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A former English professor from a working-class immigrant family, Paul LeBlanc has taken his passion for technology and, cherry-picking what many of the much-maligned for-profit colleges did right, revitalized a dying institution.

Like the for-profit schools, Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) attracts students with a nationwide advertising campaign that eats up as much as 20 percent of its operating budget. And as the for-profits have done, SNHU targets a nontraditional demographic, the 37 percent of American college students over age 24, many of whom have jobs and families. They can't afford and don't want a residential campus experience. 
Jamie Merisotis
In Tight Job Market, a Program Puts Ex-Convicts to Work—and Keeps Them There
Megan Cerullo, CBS News
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Hiring former convicts isn't just good for society—it's also good for business. Take it from Leo and Oliver Kremer, co-owners of restaurant chain Dos Toros Taqueria. They say some of their best—and most loyal—employees also happen to have criminal records.

Three of the fast-casual restaurant's current staff members were hired through a program called Getting Out and Staying Out (GOSO). The effort helps young men who have been through the criminal justice system avoid getting in trouble again by teaching them job readiness and other skills.

GOSO subsidizes participants' first 240 hours of work, making it a low-risk proposition for potential employers. Restaurants, food service, and cleaning and custodial companies are among the types of businesses that have benefited by hiring workers from GOSO. 

Jamie Merisotis
Photo: Peter Judson 
What If Elite Colleges Switched to a Lottery for Admissions?
Anya Kamenetz, NPR
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The recent scandal involving wealthy parents and a criminal scheme to get their children into universities like Yale, Stanford, and the University of Southern California highlights the many flaws in the college admissions process. 

In particular, the story illustrates the deep inequities in access to elite universities in the United States. And the debate is surfacing some out-of-the-box ideas about what an alternative might look like. For example: What about a lottery?

The Implicit Punishment of Daring to Go to College When Poor
Enoch Jemmott, The New York Times
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Now a senior at Queens College, Enoch Jemmott's higher education journey has not been easy. Growing up in eastern Brooklyn, Jemmott remained acutely aware that her life was a world away from the door-opening privileges enjoyed by the children of households in "good" school districts. She vaguely knew that college was crucial for future success, but had little understanding of how to get there. 

Next month, Jemmott tells her story in a documentary to be screened on Capitol Hill that chronicles the experience of low-income students navigating the college admissions process. In it, she describes a system that she says was often demoralizing, even paralyzing, and crafted to keep students like her out of college.
Education Is Being Transformed—Outside Washington
Gerald F. Seib, The Wall Street Journal
Mixed Results on Florida Remedial Education Gamble
Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed
Higher Education Needs an Audit
Michael B. Horn, EdSurge
Colorado Community College System to Launch, Enhance OER Courses
Tiffany Pennamon, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Questioning the Calculations
University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education
Field Guide for Urban University-Community Partnerships
University of Virginia’s Thriving Cities Lab
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