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.
November 7, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
Photo: Tallulah Fontaine
Most of Nation's Top Public Universities Aren't Affordable for Low-Income Students
Alexis Marshall, NPR
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America's top public universities, known as flagships, are generally the most well-resourced public universities in their respective states. They're rigorous schools, and many were built on federal land grants meant to serve the "industrial classes."

Today, however, only four public flagship universities are affordable for students from low-income families, according to the Institute for Higher Education Policy.

Jamie Merisotis
Milwaukee Serves as Backdrop to Examine Issues Plaguing Black Males
Autumn A. Arnett, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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If you look at the data surrounding the Brew City, it is hard to believe Milwaukee is making any progress to move the needle at all on racial equity. The city has the highest Black-White segregation and the highest rate of incarceration of Black males in the country. 

For the conveners of the 8th Annual International Colloquium on Black Males in Education, these factors made Milwaukee a perfect lab in which to examine the barriers facing educational attainment for Black boys across the globe.

Jamie Merisotis
Addiction Support Goes Mainstream
Marjorie Valbrun, Inside Higher Ed
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While public health officials and policy makers have been focused on stemming the nation’s deadly opioid epidemic, higher ed institutions are directing attention to tackling alcoholism and drug addiction among students.

College leaders and student affairs administrators are increasingly embracing on-campus recovery programs and centers among their expanding initiatives to meet the social and emotional needs of students and help them overcome barriers that keep them from earning degrees.

Jamie Merisotis
Upskilling Veterans for Civilian Jobs
Ramona Schindelheim, WorkingNation
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More than 200,000 men and women transition out of the military each year. For many, their job in the service is the first job they’ve ever had.

On this episode of Work in Progress, Christopher Plamp of Hire Heroes USA discusses how his veteran-serving organization is working to fill the knowledge gap and better prepare veterans for their entry into civilian work life. 

Partnerships Essential for Career Pathways
Ellie Ashford, Community College Daily
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Madeline St. Amour, Inside Higher Ed
Blog: A Fresh Look at Blockchain in Higher Ed
Ray Schroeder, Online: Trending Now
Opinion: It's Time for Smarter Incentives in Michigan
Mallory McMorrow, Crain's Detroit Business
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