Top stories in higher ed for Wednesday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
May 8, 2019
I Now Know
Eduardo Perez, KQED
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Education was supposed to be the ticket to a better life for Eduardo Perez. That is the message his parents had constantly instilled in him as a child.

Perez is the first in his immigrant family to apply for college. For him, the process has been nothing short of excruciating. On this episode of Perspectives for KQED Radio, Perez offers insight on the challenges he encountered, as well as his plans for the future.
Jamie Merisotis
Students Feel the Pain When For-Profit Colleges Close
Dakota Pawlicki, Medium
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Closing a college should be relatively easy—painful and emotional, yes, but it can be done responsibly. Yet often, especially in the world of for-profit schools, it’s not.

Consider what happened to Unique Johnson. Johnson was among some 20,000 students left stranded in December 2018 when Virginia College closed without warning. As a young mother of two (soon to be three), Johnson had big plans: She was trying to get into the nursing field as a medical office specialist. She chose Virginia College because its classes fit her schedule. 

In this podcast on college closures, Johnson talks about the impact of the school's closing on her education journey. She is joined by Inside Higher Ed editor and co-founder Scott Jaschik and Indiana Senator J.D. Ford.

Jamie Merisotis
California Colleges Help Students Dress for Success—for Free
Larry Gordon, EdSource
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When Jonah Luna needed dress shirts for his career program at West Los Angeles College, he didn’t have to leave campus. And it didn’t cost him anything either. He turned to the school’s new wardrobe store that gives away donated professional clothing such as suits, dresses, shirts, ties and shoes to students who may be interviewing for jobs, taking on internships, or starting careers.

The store on the community college campus is part of a statewide and national trend that seeks to meet students’ basic needs beyond financial aid for tuition. 

To Scale Online and Save Small Schools, Higher Ed Takes a Page From K-12
Michael B. Horn, EdSurge
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Thanks to a new and growing effort by the College Consortium, a company that supports online course sharing between institutions, higher education is taking a page from K-12 education to help schools expand their course options for students.

The company allows colleges to control already-shaky budgets in two ways: by holding the line on costs as participating schools can rely on faculty from other colleges and don’t have to hire additional ones, and by supporting the top line through revenue sharing among schools.
It’s Not All About Big Data
Matthew Dembicki, Community College Daily
A Charter School’s Intriguing Strategy for Boosting College Access
Frederick M. Hess and Amy Cummings, American Enterprise Institute
Commentary: ‘Stopped-Out’ Students Need Hand Up
Ray Hexamer, The Canton Repository
Officials Push for Free College
Austin Walsh, The Daily Journal 
Report: Data Challenge Narrative on Merit Aid
Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed
Pilot Program Diversifies Economics Students at Middlebury College
Bayla Metzger and Mitch Wertlieb, Vermont Public Radio
Blog: Talk Is Cheap
Fred Dedrick, National Fund for Workforce Solutions
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