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 19, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
A Sober House for Students
Alexander C. Kafka, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Sophie Pyne had struggled with addiction for most of her adolescence. In her junior year at the University of California at Santa Barbara, she relapsed after three years’ sobriety. Haven at College kept her from dropping out.

Haven at College is a private recovery center that acts as a partner with colleges and universities. The Haven supplements colleges’ substance-abuse recovery services by offering a sober-living residence and outpatient programs on or near campuses. That way, students don’t have to disrupt their academic and social lives, as they often have, to get the help they need.

Jamie Merisotis
Policy Experts: Inspiration for Higher Education
Erica Hilton, Higher Learning Advocates
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Many have made it their mission to advocate for higher education with policies that will better serve the needs of today's learners. The following policy experts, including former governors and heads of major organizations, discuss what drives their passion to make a difference.

Jamie Merisotis
With DACA in Danger at the Supreme Court, the Against-All-Odds Success of These Undocumented College Grads Deserves Its Own Hearing
Richard Whitmire, The 74
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Berenice Sanchez and Manual Cardoza are beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. As the Supreme Court decides their fate and that of 700,000 young people brought to this country illegally as children, Sanchez and Cardoza are accomplishing something remarkable—earning bachelor’s degrees at rates that match students from America’s top-earning families. 

Their results, given the hurdles these low-income, first-generation students face even enrolling in college—let alone paying for it without any federal scholarships—is a sign of both their determination and their character.

Jamie Merisotis
'Prison Saved My Life': Utah Inmates Seeing New Horizons With College Coursework
Rocio Hernandez, KUER
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When Robin Radcliff needs to study for her college-level courses, she dons earplugs and headphones to muffle whatever clatter is happening around her.

But the noises Radcliff needs to drown out aren’t the typical loud dorm mates. They are her cell mates and the other incarcerated women at the Timpanogos Women’s Facility in Draper, where Radcliff is enrolled in the University of Utah Prison Education Project.

Empower Faculty to Improve Student Success
Ellie Ashford, Community College Daily
New Research on Diversity Officers, Campus Climate
Colleen Flaherty, Inside Higher Ed
ASHE Conference Centers the Stories of Marginalized Groups
Jamal Watson, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Helping Rural Students Thrive
Bracey Harris, The Hechinger Report
DACA Goes to Court: Through the Eyes of a DREAMer
Carter Moore, Utah Public Radio
The Changing Landscape of Developmental Education Practices
Center for the Analysis of Postsecondary Readiness 
Changing the Value Equation in Higher Education
Gallup and Strada Education Network
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