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 14, 2019
Colleges Scramble to Report Financial Risks
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
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Starting today, colleges must tell the U.S. Department of Education if they’re being sued in connection with the federal student loan program.

The requirement promises a wealth of new information about student complaints for department officials who oversee higher ed institutions and could provide earlier warning signs to those officials of financial instability. Many see added transparency on the financial stability of colleges as a welcome development after a series of abrupt shutdowns by for-profit college chains as well as a number of closures by private nonprofits.
Jamie Merisotis
From Prison to Campus: These California Colleges Want to Ease fhe Culture Shock for Ex-Offenders
Adolfo Guzman-Lopez, LAist
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Navigating the challenges that come with the first year of college is tough for most students. For Robert Villanueva, a freshman at Pasadena City College, it was especially difficult.

Earlier in the year, Villanueva was released from prison after serving six years on a drug trafficking conviction. He says it's a culture shock to go from prisons like Folsom and Soledad to a classroom full of college students, many fresh out of high school.

But Villanueva found it easier to make the transition because Pasadena City College is one of about 30 community college campuses in California where faculty and administrators are stepping forward with programs to help formerly incarcerated students succeed.

Jamie Merisotis
Report: More Can Be Done to Assist Undocumented Community College Students in California
Janet Kline, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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A new report by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s office says more must be done to assist undocumented students in the areas of financial aid, legal services, and mental health.

The Dreamer’s Project Report, an analysis of the support that the 111 community colleges in California provide for an estimated 50,000 to 70,000 undocumented students in the state, highlights the challenges these students face in earning certificates, associate degrees, and/or transferring to a four-year college or university.

Three Changes Higher Ed Leaders Should Be Ready to Make
Natalie Schwartz, Education Dive
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Colleges across the nation are in a period of immense change. Student populations are more diverse than ever, with a growing number of working adults enrolling in postsecondary education. In response, institutions are feeling pressure to respond to a wider range of student needs while still striving to improve their outcomes.

The format of education also is undergoing a transformation. Automation of the workplace requires workers to upskill or reskill more quickly, ushering in a need for more efficient and accessible ways to earn credentials.
What’s a Liberal Arts Degree Worth?
Te-Ping Chen and Hanna Sender, The Wall Street Journal
New Program Targets College Readiness Gap
Laura Ascione, eCampus News
Giving Hope to First-Generation Students
Erica Pennington, Beloit Daily News
Text Messages Making a Difference in Persistence at Local Community Colleges
Rachel Abbey McCafferty, Crain's Cleveland Business (Ohio)
Let’s Make the Admissions Process More Equitable
Annie Reznik, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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