Top stories in higher ed for Monday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
May 13, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
One DREAMer's Journey Takes Her From the Border to Graduation at Colorado State University
Kelly Ragan, Fort Collins Coloradoan
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When Amaranta Lopez Olivares was in middle school, she faked being excited about college. She was smart—she knew that—but college was out of reach. Olivares was an undocumented immigrant. She'd crossed the border with her mom as a young child, moving from Mexico City to Colorado Springs. 

But her dreams took flight when she began applying to colleges. Olivares found the Colorado State University admissions process supportive and the people helpful for someone in her situation. It had resources. Now 22, Olivares will graduate this week with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in Spanish. 

Wraparound Services and Student Success
Matthew Dembicki, Community College Daily
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There’s little doubt that “wraparound” services—tutoring, counseling, child care, transportation, and other non-instructional services—can help students, especially those at community colleges, complete their credentials. The issue is whether states and the federal government are willing to increase funding for such services.

Jamie Merisotis
Just 13 Percent of Child Care Assistance Goes to Student Parents
Lillian Mongeau, The Hechinger Report
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If you live in Vermont or Tennessee and have young children, you might want to consider pursuing a new degree or additional training. Student parents in these states are just as likely to receive child care assistance as their peers who work low-wage jobs and need help covering the cost of care.

Nationally, just 13.2 percent of federal child care assistance dollars go to families who are either working and pursuing education or training (7 percent) or solely pursuing education or training (6 percent).

Jamie Merisotis
Food Assistance Linked to Student Success in College
Brandon Balzer Carr and Rebecca London, Public Policy Institute of California
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Student hunger on college campuses is a serious concern, potentially affecting students’ health and academic achievement. At the University of California (UC), as many as 42 percent of students faced some degree of food insecurity in 2016.

As more students struggle to afford food and other basic needs, enrollment in the CalFresh food assistance program shows promise in helping them continue toward their degree. 

College Students Want Careers With a Social Purpose
Hallie Busta and Valerie Bolden-Barrett, Education Dive
The Shrinking World of Need-Blind Admissions
Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed
'The Privileged Poor' Reveals That Other Higher Education Scandal
Glenn C. Altschuler, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Facebook Award Helps Coding Bootcamp Reduce STEM Workplace Disparities
LaMont Jones, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Increasing Academic Progress Among Low-Income Community College Students
University of Chicago Poverty Lab and Harris School of Public Policy
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