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 10, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
University Program Is 'Fostering Success' for Students
Stephanie Daniel, KUNC
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Spencer Hall was 13 or 14 when a knock at the door changed his life. A policeman and a social worker informed him that he was being taken into foster care. 

Hall bounced around a couple different foster homes before joining the army at 18. Seven years and an associate degree later, he transferred to Colorado State University in Fort Collins. Soon, the 26-year-old junior hopes to do something that very few students from foster care do: graduate with a four-year degree.

The Fostering Success Program has been instrumental in Hall's journey. The program supports independent students with scholarships, an emergency fund, family dinner nights, mentoring, internships, and more.

Jamie Merisotis
Three Ways to Close the Income Gap, and They All Start With College
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The college admissions scandal may be the most brazen attempt to cheat the system, but for low-income students, higher education has been broken for a long time. The deeper disgrace is a college admissions system that keeps high-achieving low-income students out of elite schools—due to public policies—and the income inequity these practices perpetuate.

But there are steps that can be taken to narrow the income gap. Michael Collins, vice president of Jobs for the Future, offers three ways to help low-income students gain the skills and experiences they need to secure well-paying jobs and family-supporting careers. 

Jamie Merisotis
Future of Work-Study: How Colleges' Role in Student Employment Is Changing
James Paterson, Education Dive
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For years, work-study programs have placed job-hungry students into easy-to-learn and fluid positions that colleges might otherwise struggle to fill, especially so inexpensively. The programs even sometimes bridge the gap with the business community or encourage students to connect with the people who make their college work. And in many cases, the federal or state government foots at least half the bill.

But new research suggests that the Federal Work-Study (FWS) program's decades-old funding formula is unfair and unworkable, and that students should get more out of the experience than they currently do.

Jamie Merisotis
Discovering the World, Back at School
Vanessa Rancaño, KQED
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Wade Hedrick, 66, says dropping out of college didn’t hurt his career, but it always bothered him that he quit school. Through the Over 60 Program, which waives tuition and most student fees, Hedrick is taking classes at California State University, Fresno.

Hedrick is far from alone. More than 134,000 people over the age of 50 are enrolled in California's public colleges and universities. They are hitting the books later in life to change careers, to pursue unexplored passions, and to get degrees they never finished or had the chance to start.

Paying for Students to Move
Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed
Opinion: Skills Gap Proposals Earn Broad Support
Sandy Baruah and David Hecker, The Detroit News
Commentary: Expanding Offerings to Extend Opportunity
Garcia Falconetti, Community College Daily
How Outcomes-Based Funding Could Help Students of Color, Institutions
Anna Cielinski, Center for Law and Social Policy
Closing Gaps for Latino Students
AACC 21st Century Center
Preserving the Legacy and Securing the Future for HBCUs
The Thurgood Marshall College Fund 
2018 NACUBO Tuition Discounting Study
National Association of College and University Business Officers
Assets and Job Choice: Student Debt, Wages, and Amenities
National Bureau of Economic Research
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