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 23, 2018
After Supreme Court Says 'No' to In-State Tuition, Arizona 'Dreamers' Struggle to Find Options
Anita Snow, The Associated Press
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David Montenegro worked part-time restaurant jobs and took advantage of Arizona's lower in-state tuition as he labored through years of college. Now a senior with his goal of becoming a teacher nearly in sight, the 29-year-old Mexico-born immigrant who arrived in the U.S. at age 11 faces a new hurdle. 

Montenegro and more than 2,300 public college students around Arizona with deferred deportation status will have to pay thousands more for school in the fall under a state Supreme Court decision that deemed them ineligible for in-state tuition. Suddenly, they are scrambling to piece together private funding to continue their studies.
Free Tuition for Two-Year College Students—But With a Catch
Jarrett Carter, Education Dive
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Colleges and universities are launching a variety of initiatives to propel young people and adult learners to degree and certificate completion. Intrusive analytics and mentoring helped Middle Tennessee State University improve student learning outcomes, and community colleges nationwide are looking to reduce costs for working adult students.

Child care, transportation, and food assistance are other ways institutions expand college access beyond tuition, in addition to increasing efforts to make digital textbooks and learning equipment more affordable for a wider cross-section of students. 

America Doesn’t Have Enough Truckers, and It’s Starting to Cause Prices of About Everything to Rise
Heather Long, The Washington Post
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Joyce Brenny, chief executive of Brenny Transportation in Minnesota, gave her truck drivers a 15 percent raise this year, but she still can't find enough workers for a job that now pays $80,000 a year. 

Trucking executives say their industry is experiencing a perfect storm: The economic upswing is creating heavy demand for trucks, but it's hard to find drivers with unemployment so low. Young Americans are ignoring the job openings because they fear self-driving trucks will soon dominate the industry. 

Boston Foundation Report Urges College-Prep Program Collaboration
Lois Elfman, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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A new report says Boston students have access to unprecedented levels of support for getting into and persisting in college, but the effectiveness of those supports could be significantly increased by improved coordination and sharing among schools, community organizations, and higher education institutions. 
The Bad First Job's Lingering Impact
Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed
Is STEM Oversold as a Path to Better Jobs?
Stephen Sawchuk, Education Week
Should Colleges Let Ailing Majors Die or Revamp Them?
Bianca Quilantan, The Chronicle of Higher Education
No Longer Overlooked: New Federal Data Reveal Outcomes for Non-Traditional College Students
Alexander Bentz, James Isaac, and David Radwin, The EvoLLLution
Fostering Success
AACC 21st Century Center
Opinion: Our Fixable Pell Problem
Derek Newton, Forbes
Armed With Better Data, Will Accreditors Finally Have to Act?
Michael Itzkowitz, Emily Bouck, and Clare McCann, New America
Signals on the Agenda for Accreditation
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
Opinion: An Honors College That Honors Grit
David L. Kirp, The New York Times
Current Term Enrollment Estimates: Spring 2018
National Student Clearinghouse Research Center
Deeper in Debt: Women and Student Loans
American Association of University Women
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