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 22, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
Diploma Dreams Become Reality for Inmates at Graduation
Tobie Perkins, WUFT
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John Wise has spent nearly half his life in prison. His mother, Linda Wise, would watch her son grow from a boy to a man behind bars. But on Friday, he fulfilled a dream she long thought dead: Wise received his associate degree in environmental science technology from Florida Gateway College through the Second Chance Pell Pilot Program. 

The effort, which allows incarcerated individuals to receive Pell Grants in order to pursue a degree or credential, will be expanded under plans announced earlier this week by the U.S. Department of Education.

Jamie Merisotis
Beefing Up the College Scorecard
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
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The Education Department on Monday announced progress on delivering more comprehensive data for the College Scorecard, a consumer tool originally launched by the Obama administration.

The move is a first step toward giving students access to a fuller picture on outcomes for individual higher education programs. Potential students could see, for example, how liberal arts majors fare versus engineering students at nearby institutions, instead of just getting results for the college overall.

Jamie Merisotis
Enrollment Shortfalls Spread to More Colleges
Eric Kelderman, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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A broad swath of private colleges across the Northeast and mid-Atlantic regions are expected to miss their enrollment goals for the fall semester. That growing trend now includes some institutions that have rarely, if ever, had to worry about filling classes. 

The reasons for the enrollment shortfalls are complex and tied to several factors. Those include the declining number of high school students across the regions, families’ increasing sensitivity to tuition and other costs, and the ease with which students can apply to and consider multiple colleges. 

Jamie Merisotis
Report: Strengthening Need-Based Aid Key to College Affordability
Natalie Schwartz, Education Dive
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A new report from the Institute of Higher Education Policy (IHEP) elevates students’ stories to contextualize and illuminate financial barriers to college access and success.

The report, titled The Cost of Opportunity: Student Stories of College Affordability, shares the perspectives and aspirations of 17 low-income and working-class students based on interviews IHEP conducted over two semesters of their college journeys.

Do the Gains From GEAR UP Participation in School Fade Out in College? A Follow-Up
Neeta Fogg and Ishwar Khatiwada, New England Journal of Higher Education
Upswing Raises $2M to Reach 2020 Degree Attainment Goal
Tiffany Pennamon, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Grads Commit to Going Pro
AACC 21st Century Center
Opinion: Student Debt Is Delaying Progress for an Entire Generation
Jennifer O’Mara, Pennsylvania Capital-Star
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