Top stories in higher ed for Thursday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
May 16, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
Georgetown Study Explores Privilege and Race in Educational Outcomes
Pearl Stewart, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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Recent headlines have revealed that money matters more than brains in getting some privileged teens into top universities, but a new report finds that socioeconomic disparity has long-term effects far beyond the college years. 

Policy can amend the shortcomings of American meritocracy and help turn the equal opportunity ideal into a reality, the report states. Among the recommendations provided: improve and expand high school counseling, integrate career exploration and preparation into the advising process, and continue academic interventions throughout K–12.

Jamie Merisotis
Attracting Four-Year Students for the Summer
Ed Finkel, Community College Daily
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Whether it’s because of the lower tuition, the ability to gain credits while living at home, a particular course they want to take, or a preferable option to a summer job, more four-year college and university students are enrolling at community colleges during the summer to take a course—or two or three.

For example, the number of “guest students” at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) in Michigan increased nearly 80 percent between the advent of its summer marketing push in 2011 and last year. In 2018, 1,374 students from other colleges and universities took GRCC summer courses, nearly a quarter (22 percent) of all students enrolled.

Jamie Merisotis
Many College Students Struggle to Pass Remedial Math. Do They Need To?
Hari Sreenivasan, PBS NewsHour
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Colleges created remedial education classes to ensure students were sufficiently prepared for more advanced material. But increasingly, there’s a sense that remedial courses are hurting the prospects of the students they are intended to help.

As a result, some California colleges and high schools are rethinking their approach to teaching math—with encouraging results. 

Jamie Merisotis
How the War on Drugs Kept Black Men Out of College
Tamara Gilkes Borr, The Atlantic
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The War on Drugs locked up thousands of black men, and a new study finds that it may have also locked many out of the college classroom—and all the benefits that come with a college degree. 

Decreased college enrollment has life-long consequences. Only 24 percent of prisoners have some college education, compared with 48 percent of the general public. Without a college degree, the odds of obtaining stable, well-paying employment are even lower.

New Effort to Examine Postsecondary Value
Rick Seltzer, Inside Higher Ed
What Infosys-Trinity Partnership Means for Liberal Arts and the Workforce
Carmen Baskauf and Lucy Nalpathanchil, Connecticut Public Radio
Why an Online-Education Pioneer Bucks Some Mega-University Trends
Goldie Blumenstyk, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Outcomes for Asian Students
American Association of Community Colleges 
Born to Win, Schooled to Lose
Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce
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