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 30, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
Universities That Are Recruiting Older Students Often Leave Them Floundering
Jon Marcus, The Hechinger Report
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On any given day, boys and girls in shiny raincoats can be seen skipping across the Portland State University campus. Infants and toddlers are napping in the student center. They belong to students who have come to college later in their lives than traditional undergraduates.

When it comes to supporting the growing influx of adult learners on today's college campuses, Portland State is more of the exception than the rule. The institution provides child care, family friendly study lounges and commencements, lactation rooms, a streamlined transfer review process, and emergency short-term loans. Most of all, it has instructors who understand the time constraints of parents and other nontraditional-aged students with outside jobs and financial obligations. 

Jamie Merisotis
DACA Recipient Reflects on Path to Graduation: 'I Could Have Easily Been One of the Children at the Border'
Jeremy Hobson, WBUR
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It's been a long road for University of California, Santa Barbara senior Maria Zavala, who came to the United States illegally with her family from Honduras in 2002. Education, she says, was a window of opportunity. Zavala also is a recipient of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

In this interview, Zavala reflects on the challenges of being a DACA student and first-generation college graduate.

Jamie Merisotis
Can ‘Cultural Proficiency’ Among Teachers Help Close Student Achievement Gap?
Hari Sreenivasan, PBS NewsHour
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Racial disparity in academic achievement remains a leading challenge in American education, both at the K-12 and the college levels. Several studies show greater diversity in the teaching profession can address some of those concerns.

A new teacher training program is aiming to increase diversity in the classroom and improve results all the way through college.

Jamie Merisotis
Cleveland-Area Schools Offer Few LPN Programs; Swiss Train for All Levels
Olivera Perkins, The Plain Dealer
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Keyaushaj Poole likes the high school nursing assistant program at Cleveland’s Martin Luther King Jr. campus, but she wishes it was for Licensed Practical Nursing training instead.

In Northeast Ohio, State Tested Nursing Assistants, or STNAs, earn only about $26,000. In contrast, Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) make about $43,000 annually and the median pay for a Register Nurse is $66,000.

Cleveland’s hospitals and high schools have done some work helping young people become nurses in the recent past, but Swiss programs take preparedness to a new level. They train people of all ages, helping them make a better living. 

Why a New Kind of ‘Badge’ Stands Out From the Crowd
Goldie Blumenstyk, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Single Mothers Are Surging Into the Work Force
Claire Cain Miller and Ernie Tedeschi, The New York Times
Competition for Employer Tuition Benefits
Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed
Opinion: We Need to Give U.S. Workers More Real Power Over Their Futures
Zoë Baird and Denis McDonough, The Washington Post
Essay: Rethinking Campus Mental Health
Gary Glass, Inside Higher Ed
State Senator Looks to Connect College Students With Employers
Andy Chow, The Statehouse News Bureau (Ohio)
Bill Gates Sees Further Investment in Tennessee
Allison Shirk Collins, Chattanooga Times Free Press
Current Term Enrollment Estimates: Spring 2019
National Student Clearinghouse Research Center
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