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 15, 2018
Boost Childcare Initiative Aims To Help College Student-Parents Graduate
Parrish Walton, GPB Media
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For low-income student-parents, the cost of childcare can make going to college prohibitive. The Quality Care for Children’s Boost “Making College Possible” scholarship program serves as a two-generational approach to provide high-quality childcare scholarships to student-parents so they can graduate and their children can enter school ready to succeed.

How Parent PLUS Worsens the Racial Wealth Gap
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
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A federal loan program designed to help parents finance their children’s college education is seen by many as a tool for access, but it may be exacerbating racial inequality, New America argues in a new report.

The report recommends several interim policy fixes to make sure families are not taking on unmanageable debt, among them the addition of an “ability to pay” measure to the credit check for Parent PLUS loans and a ban on colleges packaging the loans in a student’s financial aid award letter. And it calls for making the loans dischargeable through bankruptcy as well as adding more accountability for colleges.
Embattled Colleges Focus on an Obvious Fix: Helping Students Graduate on Time
Jon Marcus, The Hechinger Report
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While most students expect to earn degrees in four years, fewer than half actually do. Now higher-education institutions are working to help their students graduate on time. Among their strategies: assigning students to advisors even before they start as freshmen, putting lectures online, and offering first-year seminars led by upperclassmen that tie together people with similar interests. 
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Georgia State Reinvents Itself as an Engine of Social Mobility
Richard Fausset, The New York Times
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For decades, Georgia State was downtown Atlanta’s rather unremarkable commuter school, founded “as a night school for white businessmen,” as the college’s spokeswoman, Andrea Jones, says, and kept racially segregated until the 1960s.

But the college has been reimagined—amid a moral awakening and a raft of data-driven experimentation—as one of the South’s more innovative engines of social mobility.

By focusing on retaining low-income students, rather than just enrolling them, the college raised its graduation rate to 54 percent in 2017 from 32 percent in 2003. And for the last five years, it has awarded more bachelor’s degrees to African-Americans than any other nonprofit college or university in the country.

Summit to Focus on Creating Pathways for Educational and Economic Mobility
Jamal Watson, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Podcast: AI and Higher Education
The Times Higher Education
TCTC Fills Mahoning Valley’s Skills Gap
Christopher Kromer, The Tribune Chronicle (Ohio)
Blog: The Role of Four-Year Degrees…at the Community College
Iris Palmer and Mary Alice McCarthy, New America
Blog: Serving Adults and the Future of Work
Iris Palmer and Mary Alice McCarthy, New America
Blog: The Evolution of the Student Body Continues
Georgia Nugent, Construction Trumps Disruption
Scholarships Create Diploma Pipeline From Las Vegas to Kentucky
Amelia Pak-Harvey, Las Vegas Review-Journal
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