Top stories in higher ed for Wednesday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
May 2, 2018
College Promise Initiatives Encouraged to Incorporate New Strategies
Jamal Watson, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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Complete College America is teaming up with the College Promise Campaign and Achieving the Dream to help education, business, government, and philanthropic leaders incorporate an intentional framework for student success and completion into their College Promise programs.
Community Colleges Ramping Up Services for Formerly Incarcerated Students
Adolfo Guzman-Lopez, KPCC
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Formerly incarcerated students share some of the same struggles as many other students: high college costs and balancing work with school. But some of their challenges are unique. Individuals who were once incarcerated often need to adapt from a regimented life behind bars to classroom environments of communication and collaboration. And many fear revealing their issues because of stigmatization. 

More community colleges in California are listening to these challenges, as they develop support programs and flexible degree options built around this student population.

The University of California Stands Out Among Top Schools When It Comes to Serving Poor Students
Adam Harris, The Atlantic
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Schools in the University of California system are doing significantly better than other four-year colleges and universities in the country when it comes to enrolling low-income students and seeing them across the finish line.  

Decreasing Defaults in Indiana
Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed
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Student loan defaults are on the rise, with about 4.6 million borrowers in default as of 2017. Colleges with high default rates can face federal sanctions. 

Officials at Ivy Tech Community College in Indiana are revamping their approach to help students understand the intricacies and consequences of taking out loans. So far, their strategy seems to be working: three-year cohort default rates have decreased to 18 percent. In 2014, the system had a 22 percent default rate, according to federal data.
Technology's Influence Reshapes How Employers Assess Job Applicants
Beth Pinsker, The Christian Science Monitor
Three Vital Ways to Measure How Much a University Education Is Worth
Mark S. Schlissel, Michael H. Schill, and Michael V. Drake, The Conversation US
Colleges Should Educate Students to Be ‘Robot Proof’
Ellie Ashford, Community College Daily
Graduation Rates for Pell Recipients
Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed
Effective Strategies Counter Enrollment Declines
Ellie Ashford, Community College Daily
2017 NACUBO Tuition Discounting Study
National Association of College and University Business Officers
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