Top stories in higher ed for Thursday
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, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
Can Data Ward Off College Debt? New Strategy Focuses on Results
Kevin Carey, The New York Times
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Earlier this week, the Department of Education released a trove of information that shows the average amount of debt incurred by graduates of different academic programs at each college and university in America.

This focus on program-level information, rather than institutions as a whole, has the potential to alter how colleges are funded, regulated, and understood by consumers in the marketplace.

Jamie Merisotis
Can the Political Divide Be Mended by Bringing Rural and Urban Students Together?
Hari Sreenivasan, PBS NewsHour
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It's only a three-hour drive, but it might as well be a world away.

These urban college students from Chicago are trading skyscrapers for silos, as part of a university program to bring together rural and city students. The University of Chicago and Eureka College created the program, called Bridging the Divide, to address harsh political rhetoric that emerged after the 2016 elections between rural and urban communities.

Organizers of the Bridging the Divide program hope that educating college students on the hot topics of the day, especially how they are perceived by rural and urban populations, will inspire a better dialogue for the leaders of tomorrow.

Jamie Merisotis
IHEP Summit Spotlights Financial Struggles of Low-Income, Working-Class Students
LaMont Jones, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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Achieving equity for low-income students in postsecondary education requires getting down to the nitty-gritty of what they need, and the Institute for Higher Education Policy provided a forum for that Tuesday with a summit featuring game-changing institutional leaders, the release of a special report, and in-person perspectives of students who overcame major finance-related obstacles on their way to a degree.

Jamie Merisotis
The Line Between High School and College Is Blurring, But That’s Not Always a Good Thing
Jillian Berman, MarketWatch
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Marilyn Garcia has been going to college since age 14. She took her first course on a community college campus as a freshman in high school. By senior year, she had completed her associate’s degree and began taking classes at the University of Texas El Paso (UTEP).

Garcia entered UTEP as a full-time college student at age 18, graduating with her bachelor’s degree just two years later.

In some ways, Garcia’s story represents the ideal outcome of an early college high school, a program that allows students to pursue their high-school diploma and associate’s degree at the same time. But Garcia’s story also points to some of the challenges that can come from blurring the line between high school and college.

The Liberal Sciences and the Lost Arts of Learning
Brent Orrell, American Enterprise Institute
Better Work Experiences for Work-Study Students
Matthew Dembicki, Community College Daily
Opinion: A Plan for the Fourth Industrial Revolution
Eric J. Gertler, U.S. News & World Report
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