Top stories in higher ed for Tuesday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
May 7, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
Never Too late: Aspiring School Social Worker Turns Former Gang Lifestyle Into New Calling
Jackie Valley, The Nevada Independent
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Lionel Stoxstell, 63, is a U.S. Air Force veteran-turned-student success advocate at Valley High School in Las Vegas. Students often call Stoxstell “OG,” slang for original gangster. It’s a nod to his storied past involving gangs and drugs, which he shares in small doses, knowing that maybe—just maybe—it will help similarly struggling students. 

Starting next year, students can add a few more letters to that nickname: MSW. The man several decades their senior expects to graduate from University of Nevada, Las Vegas later this month with his master’s degree in social work. Just two years away from Social Security eligibility, Stoxstell will be starting his career as a school social worker. 

Jamie Merisotis
An Idealist Set Out to Change College Admissions. It Was a Long, Lonely Quest.
Eric Hoover, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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For 15 years, Lloyd Thacker challenged the status quo. He questioned institutional policies and practices—standardized-test requirements, legacy preferences, and the relentless pursuit of more applications and higher rankings—that worry many college officials who would never admit to it publicly. 

All along, he carried doubts. Not about his message so much as his ability to deliver change. Starting a quest, he learned, is easier than completing it—especially when you’re tilting at windmills in a land of bottom lines.

Jamie Merisotis
Has One Million Degrees Found the Secret to Community College Success?
Kate McGee, WBEZ
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Naudiah Calbert missed the first day of class during her second semester of college last January. She had a good excuse: She was giving birth to her daughter.

But balancing a newborn and college life can be a struggle. By chance, Calbert was referred to an organization called One Million Degrees (OMD). The effort provides extra supports such as tutoring, professional networking, and emergency stipends to empower students and help them transform their lives and those around them.

Jamie Merisotis
Universities, Chicanos Por La Causa Team Up to Raise $5 Million for DACA Students
Daniel González, Arizona Republic
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Leaders of Arizona's largest universities and community colleges have agreed to work with the Latino organization Chicanos Por La Causa to raise millions of dollars to help certain undocumented students.

The new fundraising campaign, dubbed Keep the Dream Alive, is intended to prevent more students in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program from leaving college before graduating because they can't afford the higher tuition costs.

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Sophie Nguyen, New America
How to Pay for College as a Single Mom
Emma Kerr, U.S. News & World Report
New State Task Force to Help Train Technicians for Auto Industry Jobs
Eric Reinhardt, The Central New York Business Journal
Five Things to Know About the Tennessee Promise Scholarship
Celeste Carruthers, Brookings Institution
Warren Zeroes In on Race
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
Overall Four- and Six-Year Grad Rates Tick Up
Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
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