Top stories in higher ed for Wednesday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
November 20, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
This College Student’s Family Has Been in a State of Financial Crisis for Nearly Seven Years
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″My College Dream″ is a series of first-person essays by college students about their college and career aspirations, the serious money struggles they faced along the way, and the real-world consequences that resulted from their circumstances—and their decisions.

Noelle Schon, a student at Arizona State University, shares her story, the financial lessons she’s learned, and her advice for other students.

Jamie Merisotis
A College Prepares to Close Its Doors as Students and Alumni Mourn—and Scheme
Megan Zahneis, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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The president of Marlboro College says the small liberal-arts institution in rural Vermont is entering an alliance with Boston’s Emerson College. It’s been described elsewhere as a merger, and as a gift from Marlboro to Emerson. But for many alumni and students who are sad to see Marlboro subsumed, “closure” is the most accurate word: Come next fall, the institution they love will no longer exist.

For Marlboro students and alumni, the news has brought a range of emotions to the fore. While some mourn their college’s impending closure, others have taken to alumni Facebook groups with a resolute focus on saving it—proposing a range of unconventional means. 

Jamie Merisotis
‘College Behind Bars’ PBS Documentary Shines a Light on Prison Education
Lee V. Gaines, Illinois Public Media
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The new four-part PBS documentary "College Behind Bars" examines what higher education looks like in New York State prisons—and the impact it has on incarcerated students. 

In this interview, a senior producer of the film and a graduate of New York's Bard Prison Initiative discuss how prison education programs can serve as a pathway for redemption. 

Jamie Merisotis
Five University Leaders Discuss Higher Ed’s Biggest Challenges
Laura Ascione, eCampus News
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The United States must produce talented workers in order to remain competitive in an increasingly technological economy. But how, exactly, can colleges and universities tackle this formidable challenge as the cost of higher education soars, as student loan debt becomes burdensome, and as many students question the value of their educational investment?

Five higher-ed leaders reflect on college costs and affordability, the value of a liberal arts education, and how to prepare today's students for the jobs of tomorrow.

Who's Completing Microcredentials?
Lilah Burke, Inside Higher Ed
Six Reasons Why Higher Education Needs to Be Disrupted
Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic and Becky Frankiewicz, Harvard Business Review
Homegrown Education
Ed Finkel, AACC 21st Century Center
ECMC Foundation Launches Basic Needs Initiative
Matthew Dembicki, Community College Daily
Blog: From Day-Care Centers to Online Classes
Matt Reed, Confessions of a Community College Dean
Young Americans' Views on the Value of Higher Education
The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research
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