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 24, 2018
Should High Schools Worry About What Students Do After Graduation? This City Says Yes
Hari Sreenivasan, PBS NewsHour
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Chicago has a new plan called Learn. Plan. Succeed. that reimagines what it means to be a high school graduate. The goal: make sure kids pursue a college degree or have another viable career path after high school.

By 2020, in order to get a diploma from a public high school in Chicago, students must show that they've secured a job or received a letter of acceptance to college, a trade apprenticeship, vocational training, or the military.

California Community College System Expands Foster Youth Support Program
Tiffany Pennamon, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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For foster care youth, college can be elusive. About 20 percent of foster kids who graduate from high school end up going to college, compared with 60 percent of high school graduates overall. For those who do make it, their journey is often punctuated by a series of stops and starts. 

Some states and institutions are stepping up efforts to give them more guidance and support. In California, the expansion of the NextUp program to 15 additional California community colleges will help new host institutions promote foster youth's academic success in higher education. The effort will provide personalized support and services, including educational planning, emergency housing assistance, food assistance, financial literacy counseling, and career guidance.

Here’s How Western Governors U. Aims to Enroll a Million Students
Goldie Blumenstyk, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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It took Western Governors University 21 years to hit the 100,000-student enrollment mark. This week, the online university made it clear that its ambitions are far grander. It wants to expand, and not just with bachelor's and master's degrees, to accommodate 10 times as many students.

The nonprofit university, known for its competency-based teaching approach, has just created a stand-alone organization, WGU Advancement. It will raise money to create new degree programs, as well as new educational models designed to reach tens of millions of adults who need additional skills to succeed in the workforce.

Eligible for Financial Aid, Nearly a Million Students Never Get It
Meredith Kolodner, The Hechinger Report
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Lack of sufficient financial aid has forced Jocelyn Ramirez to work more than 40 hours a week and cut down on coursework so she can afford to stay in college.

She's not alone. Last year alone, more than 900,000 low-income students who applied for and were found eligible for state financial aid for college never received it, because states ran out of money. The crisis has been stoked by years of budget cuts combined with an increased number of applicants, due to a growing awareness that good jobs require more than a high school diploma.

A Vineyard for Viticulture Apprentices
Anne Krueger, Community College Daily
Opinion: Boosting Prosperity Through Graduation
Maureen Downey, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Higher Education Choice-Making in the United States: Freedom, Inequality, Legitimation
Centre for Global Higher Education at the University of London 
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