Top stories in higher ed for Friday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
November 23, 2018
Staying Top of Mind for Adult Learners
The EvoLLLution
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Adult-focused postsecondary institutions offer a personalized, service-oriented experience, with support structures that truly accommodate the psychological perspective of this unique learner population.

Fielding Graduate University has been serving since adult learners since its founding in 1974. In this interview, President Katrina Rogers offers insight on what colleges and universities can do to build a richer learning environment for this growing segment of higher education.

Why Prison Reform Must Include Pell Grant Access
Jonathan Zimmerman, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Bard College, Goucher College, and Grinnell College all share something in common: They are among a handful of higher education institutions that provide a college education to inmates. 

But they do so almost entirely with private dollars, because the federal government still bars prisoners from receiving Pell Grants to cover tuition costs.

A ban on Pell Grants for prisoners severely limits the number of incarcerated people who can obtain college degrees. About 10,000 prisoners have received student aid under the experimental Second Chance program, which the Obama administration began in 2015 in an effort to bypass the Pell restrictions. But there are about 2.2 million Americans behind bars. 

Institutions for Foster Kids Aren’t Doing Enough to Educate Them
Caroline Preston, The Hechinger Report
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Young people in foster care across Pennsylvania—and the country—say that being sent to residential facilities often plunges them deeper into academic trouble instead of getting them on track.

Schedules are filled with electives like movement therapy, art therapy, and “values.” Worksheet- and computer-based education proliferate. The schools too often operate like educational black holes, failing to help kids earn relevant credits. Students complain of being kept on campus when they could be attending neighborhood schools. And government oversight is lacking.

Report: California's Economic Future Depends on More Latino College Grads
Nicole Acevedo, WXXV
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For California to maintain its standing as the fifth-largest economy in the world, the state has to produce at least 1.65 million college graduates by 2030. But it won’t reach that goal without Latino educational success, says a new report from The Campaign for College Opportunity.

The study calls on colleges and universities to step up their efforts to not just enroll more Latino students but to ensure they graduate. Suggestions for improvement include expanding mentoring programs, strengthening transfer programs between two-year institutions and four-year schools, and offering additional funds to help Latino students pay for books and housing.

'I Want That Job: Welder'
Jay Tipton, WorkingNation
Letters to the Editor: Skills Gap Is Real
Steve Gunderson, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Schools, Race, and Disparities in Advanced Placement
Christopher Clymer Kurtz, WMRA Public Radio
Opinion: Creating a Culture of Education Could Level-Up Our Entire Region
Ann Marie Allen and Al Arguello, The Press-Enterprise
Blog: Put Youth on a Path to Education and Employment
Ryan Reyna, Education Strategy Group
Initiative Aims to Help More Nevadans Earn College Degrees
Meghin Delaney, Las Vegas Review-Journal
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