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 31, 2018
Why Walmart Is Paying for Its Employees to Go to College
Adam Harris, The Atlantic
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Walmart announced on Wednesday that it will pay for its workers to go back to school—as long as they get degrees in business or supply-chain management.

The retailer is partnering with three universities to offer associate's and bachelor's degrees to its 1.4 million employees, a pitch to improve employee retention rates and engagement at work, while also drawing new workers. Walmart will pay for any upfront costs after financial aid, including tuition, books, and fees, while employees will be required to pay $1 a day for the duration of their studies.

Meanwhile, Walmart is partnering with Lumina Foundation to measure the impact and effectiveness of the new offering.

Colleges Are No Match for American Poverty
Marcella Bombardieri, The Atlantic
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Russell Lowery-Hart spent a Texas winter weekend sleeping outside. By day, the 48-year-old applied for fast-food jobs and searched for soup kitchens. But Lowery-Hart is, in fact, president of Amarillo College. And he was on the streets to find a better way to lead a school where poverty intrudes into the classroom every day.

The community college already is working hard to accommodate low-income students. Among its resources: an emergency aid fund for making grants within hours and without red tape, an Advocacy and Resource Center that connects students to every possible community or government program, and a food pantry. Last fall, the school debuted a low-cost day-care center that keeps its doors open 14 hours a day to serve student parents with jobs in the early morning or evening. 
Elevating College Completion
Third Way and American Enterprise Institute
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While more students than ever are going to college, the reality is that only about half who enroll go on to earn their degree. Five new reports from Third Way and American Enterprise Institute examine the college completion challenge, the current landscape of degree attainment, and what policies might improve completion rates. 

Closing Gaps in San Francisco
Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed
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Two colleges in San Francisco are helping recent high school graduates who are not considered academically ready for college reach graduation on time.

San Francisco State University and City College of San Francisco have combined student services with a curriculum that emphasizes social justice as a way to improve student retention and completion. And both institutions are making sure faculty receive specialized training to provide that curriculum.
Need an Entry-Level Job at a Store? It Can Be Harder Now
Anne D'Innocenzio, The Washington Post
St. Louis Named ‘Talent Hub,’ Awarded $275,000 Grant
Nathan Rubbelke, St. Louis Business Journal
New PRCC Food Pantry to Open in the Fall
Charles Herrington, WMC Action News 5 (Mississippi)
How to Scale Operations to Serve Growing Numbers of Online Students
Melissa Vito, Joshua Steele, and Suzana Rosencrans, The EvoLLLution
Opinion: Are We at Peak Higher Ed?
Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed
Opinion: More Girls in STEM Careers
John Fry and Tracey Welson-Rossman, The Inquirer
Opinion: The College Dropout Problem Most Education Advocates Don't Talk About
Frederick M. Hess and Lanae Erickson Hatalsky, The Hill
Opinion: Pave the Path for More Graduates
Andy Levin, The Detroit News (Michigan)
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