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Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
May 17, 2018
Colleges Make Higher Ed Easier for Older Students to Access
Kathleen McKiernan, The Boston Herald
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It's one thing to attract adult learners but another to retain them. Colleges in Massachusetts and throughout the country are responding to older students and those with work and family obligations through programs that lower the barriers to re-entry and accommodate their unique needs.

These efforts include more online courses, weekend and evening classes, credit for work experience, and campus day care.

Buy One, Get One Tuition-Free
Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed
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With more two-year colleges shifting focus from student access to completion, there is growing interest in how to ensure that more students don't stop out after one year.

Marion Technical College, located in Ohio, will award students a free second year of tuition if they successfully finish their first year while completing at least 30 credit hours. As part of the program, and to encourage students to pursue the 30-hour credit minimum, students will receive a $100 stipend toward books each semester, in addition to access to a dedicated adviser.

How Faculty Mentors Can Help First-Generation Students Succeed
Hari Sreenivasan, PBS NewsHour
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Nationally, only 40 percent of first-generation college students make it to graduation. A new initiative by the University of California system hopes to improve those odds by using first-generation faculty to guide first-generation students across the finish line.

Daughters Inspire Mom to Earn a Degree With Help From Latina ASU Program
Lauren Castle, The Arizona Republic
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After marrying at the age of 15, Maria Ramirez followed in her daughters' footsteps by graduating from Arizona State University in May. Her accomplishments were helped in part by ASU's Hispanic Mother-Daughter Program.

The effort, created in 1984, works to raise educational and career aspirations of Hispanic women through direct family involvement.  

Demand Growing for Middle-Skilled Workers
Kelly O'Brien, WCAX (New York)
New Evidence Adds to Troubling Picture for Black Borrowers of Student Loans
Beckie Supiano, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Commencement Commitment: Equity in Degree Completion
Alan Byrd Jr. and Allison Williams, The St. Louis American
Tough Slog for Part-Time Students
Community College Daily
Five Rules of the College and Career Game
Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce
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