Top stories in higher ed for Monday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
May 21, 2018
An 80 Credit-Hour Bachelor's Degree?
Autumn A. Arnett, Education Dive
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Lucas Kavlie, vice president for compliance and accreditation at Western Governor's University, makes an argument that if the nation wants to decrease student debt burdens and increase student completion rates, the best way to achieve both is to "move the finish line closer" and create degree programs that require fewer credit hours.
For Free Community College, Online Learning Isn’t Always Part of the Recipe for Success
Sydney Johnson, EdSurge
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Free community college programs are springing up around the country, with the goal of bringing more students to local postsecondary institutions. But several colleges experimenting with such programs are avoiding a tactic that other public institutions increasingly use to boost numbers: online learning.

Should Businesses Help Employees Pay Off Their Student Loans?
Amy Merrick, The Atlantic
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Well-known companies such as PricewaterhouseCoopers, Fidelity Investments, Staples, Aetna, and Penguin Random House have added student-loan repayments to their list of employee perks. There's no tax advantage, and it's not easy, but some employers see the benefit as a tool to recruit and retain young workers, especially for high-demand jobs in a tight labor market. 

Champion for Low-Income Students Gets a Boost Itself
Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed
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By embedding college advisers in schools with many underrepresented students, College Advising Corps has helped 300,000 enter postsecondary education. It aims to hit 1 million by 2025.

The program has been proven (through research by scholars at Stanford University) to significantly increase the rate at which students in schools take standardized tests (13 percent), apply for federal financial aid (27 percent), apply to multiple colleges (24 percent) and, ultimately, get accepted by a college that suits them (24 percent). 
More Than Just Workforce Development
David J. Smith, Community College Daily
Commentary: It’s Time to End College Majors as We Know Them
Jeffrey J. Selingo, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Pathways From Youth Prisons to Colleges for Young Adults
Morghan Vélez Young-Alfaro, Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice
New Questions on Racial Disparity and Student Debt
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
More States Rely on Tuition Revenue to Finance Public Education
Association of American Colleges & Universities
Small Nevada Businesses Struggle to Find Qualified Candidates
Bailey Schulz, Las Vegas Review-Journal
Opinion: Businesses Can Help California Schools Train Students for ‘New Collar’ Jobs
Jennifer Ryan Crozier and Loren Kaye, San Francisco Chronicle
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