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.
May 3, 2019
Seeking a Second Chance: Inmates Meet Prospective Employers at Prison Job Fair
Danielle Ferguson, Sioux Falls Argus Leader
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Ernesto DiFabio can’t wait to earn a paycheck. After logging time at Mike Durfee State Prison, he’s ready for a fresh start. 

To prepare for life after prison, DiFabio is taking advantage of a unique opportunity: a job fair from within prison walls. About 20 businesses from around South Dakota traveled to the medium-security prison last month to see if the men there match the vocational skills that employers need to fill trade openings.

DiFabio, 43, is ready. He's a graduate of the prison’s automotive curriculum, one of four available vocational programs.
Jamie Merisotis
Hampshire Faces Questions About Its Survival. This Is How It’s Charting a Path Forward.
Vimal Patel, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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It’s been a tumultuous four months at Hampshire College. Amid bleak financial prospects, the small liberal-arts institution in Massachusetts announced this year that it would find a merger partner and accept a much-reduced freshman class.

Now, the college is making an all-hands-on-deck push in an entirely different direction, one that takes a merger off the table, spares expected large-scale faculty layoffs, and aims to chart a new path about what it means to be a liberal-arts college in the 21st century.

Jamie Merisotis
Closing the Evidence Gap in Higher Ed
Clare McCann, New America
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For far too many students, access to higher education remains elusive, and graduation day is out of reach. Low-income students are less likely than their higher-income peers to go to college, and less likely to go to colleges where they’ll earn a degree. And many colleges have little incentive or know-how to change the tide.

A just-released report details how federal policy can build on promising practices and rigorous research to help improve student access and success.

Jamie Merisotis
College Completion With Marc Jerome, Karan Goel, and Drew Magliozzi
Nat Malkus, The Report Card
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While more high school seniors than ever are going on to college, degree completion rates are extremely low. But what can we do about it?

Marc Jerome, president of Monroe College, talks about his school's laser-focused efforts to improve outcomes for low-income students in this podcast. Drew Magliozzi and Karan Goel, both CEOS of two ed-tech start-ups, add to the conversation with insight on leveraging social networks to help students complete and stay connected to their school.

Where the Good Jobs Are
Eduardo Porter, The New York Times
Sinclair Community College Meets Students Where They Are
Tiffany Pennamon, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Opinion: College Is Not Just About Getting In, But Getting Out
Wesley Whistle and Jim Kessler, The Hill
Letters to the Editor: South of the Border, New Partnerships Still Matter
Gabriela Rivera, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Young People Support Free College
Jeremy Bauer-Wolf, Inside Higher Ed
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