Top stories in higher ed for Tuesday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
November 5, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
Lumina Stays Focused on Attainment: A Q&A With CEO Jamie Merisotis
Michael T. Nietzel, Forbes
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From its beginnings nearly two decades ago, Lumina Foundation has focused its efforts on increasing the percentage of American adults with high-quality degrees and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025 and advocating for higher education to become more equitable, accessible, and accountable.

Lumina's President and CEO Jamie Merisotis reflects on this work and what he envisions for the future in the following interview.

Jamie Merisotis
Northern California Program Helps Formerly Incarcerated Students Step Up to Land Jobs
Nadine Ono, California Forward
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When Angela Tirado had the opportunity to pursue a college degree after being incarcerated, she knew this time would be different. 

Thanks to the Shasta Technical Education Program-Unified Partnership, or STEP-UP, Tirado has made good on her promise. She received her associate degree from Shasta College in June through the effort, which partners with the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office and other organizations to give students with criminal records a second chance at a career path.

Jamie Merisotis
MATC Free Tuition Program Could Help Adults Looking to Return to College
Emily Files, WUVM
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Just 30 percent of adults in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, possess a college degree. About 22 percent completed some college, but didn’t graduate. Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) is bolstering its outreach to those adults in hopes that they will give college another shot.

Jamie Merisotis
Connecting Transitioning Veterans to Jobs and Their Communities
Jeff Ryder, WorkingNation
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Readjusting to civilian life can be a complex process for veterans—and one that entails challenges for the veteran, families, and caregivers.

Veterans Bridge Home (VBH) has a resolution. Utilizing a network of partners, the Charlotte, North Carolina-based organization serves as a one-stop shop for veterans in transition to civilian life. Among other things, it helps them find jobs, secure housing, and connect to their community. 

Learning and Earning
Martin Daks, NJBIZ (New Jersey)
Report: Financial Aid Has Little Effect on Completion
Madeline St. Amour, Inside Higher Ed
What Universities Can Do to Keep Students From Dropping Out
Lenin Cavalcanti Guerra and Ken S. Coates, The Conversation
Financial Aid Changes in Virginia
Madeline St. Amour, Inside Higher Ed
Why Is College So Expensive?
Emma Kerr, U.S. News & World Report
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