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.
May 2, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
A Veteran President’s Laments and Lessons From Three Decades at the Helm
Goldie Blumenstyk, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Diana Natalicio, president of the University of Texas at El Paso, is known for her advocacy on behalf of low-income students. Natalicio, who joined the university in 1971, will be retiring in August. In an era when presidents tend to jump from institution to institution every five or six years, that tenure is remarkable in its own right.

In this interview, Natalicio reflects on her extensive work in higher education, the accomplishments of UTEP, and what her future may hold.

Panel of ‘Today’s Students’ Speak Their Truth to College Experts
John Strauss, Medium
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When a college affordability guide didn’t resonate with Lauren Schandevel and other low-income students, they decided to put together their own. That online guide has since grown to more than 100 pages covering a range of educational expenses, including housing and food.

Schandevel joined three other students on a panel yesterday as part of the Driving for Change convening in Detroit. The group urged the audience of institutional leaders, policymakers, and others to listen to students when crafting efforts to grow access and attainment in post-high school education and training.
Future of Education: The Job-First, College Included Model
Kristin Falzon, WorkingNation
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The path from high school to work used to consist of going to college, earning a degree, and beginning a career. This path has changed dramatically, with twists and turns that include high college tuition, higher loan debt, and shifting workplace and skills needs. 

A report from Kaplan University Partners explores a new idea to help high school students gain workplace skills, reduce the cost of college, and increase degree completion rates in the United States.
Jamie Merisotis
Nearly Half of College Students Didn’t Have Enough Money for Food Last Year
Jillian Berman, MarketWatch
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College students across the country are struggling to make ends meet—and, in some cases, not even getting enough food to eat. Some 45 percent of college students say they experience food insecurity—meaning they have limited or uncertain access to nutritious food, according to a nationwide survey released Tuesday that captured data from 86,000 students and 123 colleges. 

The report also found that 58 percent of Black students experienced housing insecurity, compared to about half of Hispanic students and 39 percent of White students. Students whose parents had no high-school diploma experienced the highest rates of housing insecurity at 64 percent.

Gallup Study: WGU Alum Exceed Average in Positive Metrics
LaMont Jones, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Selecting Courses for Students
Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed (California)
Statewide Systems Join Forces for Summer Programs
Ed Finkel, Community College Daily
Advocates Urge More Higher Education Funding
Katie Lannan, State House News Service (Massachusetts)
Opinion: Education Is the Driver of Houston's Economy
Tiffany Cuellar Needham, Houston Business Journal
Ensuring Accountability and Effectiveness at the Office of Federal Student Aid
Center for American Progress and American Enterprise Institute
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