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 21, 2019
Connecting Federal Work-Study to Careers
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said yesterday she will launch a pilot program allowing some colleges to use Federal Work-Study benefits for off-campus employment, including apprenticeships and clinical rotations.

The experiment delivers, if on a limited scale, on repeated proposals by the Trump administration to reform the work-study program and connect student aid more directly to careers.
Jamie Merisotis
Thirty-Five Years Ago, This Chatt State Grad Enrolled in College. Now He's Been Named Tennessee Community College Student of the Year.
Chattanooga Times Free Press
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It's been 35 years since James Fry, 52, first enrolled in college. When family responsibilities began to take away from his studies, he was forced to put his college dreams on hold. 

But after watching his fourth child graduate college, Fry decided now was the time to put his dreams into action. Tennessee Reconnect, a state initiative to help adults pursue higher education tuition-free, offered Fry the support he needed to finally cross the finish line. 

Jamie Merisotis
More High School Students Are Taking College Courses, But the Most Underprivileged Are Getting Left Behind
Jillian Berman, MarketWatch
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Victor Orduna, the son of immigrants and the first person in his family to go to college, recently wrapped up his freshman year at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He arrived with 18 college credits, sparing him from introductory courses and offering the potential to save time and money toward his engineering degree.

Stories like Orduna’s illustrate how the power of taking college courses in high school can help propel a student’s trajectory. But stories like his are still relatively rare. Even as dual-enrollment opportunities expand, they haven’t necessarily been spread equally. Too often the students who would benefit the most from the programs—low-income students and first-generation college students—never get the chance to participate.

Time to Unleash the Talent as Puerto Rico Rebuilds
Courtney Brown, Medium
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Puerto Rico has plenty of talent—but too few opportunities to unleash it. Today, only half of Puerto Rican high school students go on to college. Of those who do, fewer than half earn degrees in six years. At a time when finances are under tremendous strain, increased resources—such as more and better-trained high school counselors and affordable education options—are desperately needed.
Minorities Face Challenges in Securing STEM Jobs
Billy Jean Louis, Charlottesville Tomorrow
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