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 26, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
How This Guatemalan Family Is Grappling With the Uncertain Future of DACA
Monica Campell, PRI 
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Sisters Karen Hernandez and Angela Velasquez recall with joy when they first learned about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Velasquez got a retail job, which helped pay for college. Her sister also found work and later obtained a master's degree in global health science.

Now uncertainty about what lies ahead for DACA has changed everything—and put the fate of some 700,000 beneficiaries into limbo as the U.S. Supreme Court determines the future of the program.

A decision may not come until next June. In the meantime, some DACA recipients are taking matters into their own hands. 

Jamie Merisotis
Hands-On Programs Give Kentuckiana Students a Leg Up on Good Jobs
Focus Magazine
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KentuckianaWorks is a regional workforce-development agency in Louisville that took a real-world approach in helping workers climb out the Great Recession: It started teaching area residents specific skills and awarding them credentials that showed they were superior candidates for entry-level work.

Programs in construction, manufacturing, and software development have paid off for students with higher wages in growing fields and a better shot at advancement. Meanwhile, employers now tap a new pool of prospective employees who arrive for job interviews with solid qualifications and a demonstrated work ethic.

Jamie Merisotis
This Woman Goes Door to Door to Steer Students to College
Kelly Field, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Sonya Pritchett arrived in Prichard, Alabama, with confidence and optimism.

Every morning, she would lace up her tennis shoes and walk the eight blocks of the Hope VI public-housing development. It was 2017 and Pritchett was starting a new job in a federally funded experiment that would bring college counseling to some of the people least likely to enroll: low-income Black students. 

Pritchett would take them on college tours, prepare them for standardized tests, help them hone their personal statements, and steer them to scholarships. Most importantly, she would help them fill out federal student-aid forms. 

Jamie Merisotis
How One Country With Close Parallels to the United States Has Made College Free
Jon Marcus, The Hechinger Report
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Pilar Vega Martinez, a nursing student at the University of Chile, benefited from free tuition in Chile—until she got sick and missed classes. Now the perk will run out for her before she finishes her education. 

In 2016, Chile passed gratuidad, or "free college." The experience in Chile offers important lessons about the pros and cons of free tuition, variations of which are being widely promoted in the United States by policymakers and politicians, including candidates for president. 

High Debt, Low Earnings
Lilah Burke, Inside Higher Ed
Creating Financial Aid-Eligible Pathways Through Clock Hour Programming
Jeanne Ratliff and CJ Wurster, The EvoLLLution
Opinion: Community Investment Could Be Our State’s Growth Engine
Charles Lawton, Portland Press Herald (Maine)
Colleges Struggle With Soaring Student Demand for Counseling
Collin Binkley and Larry Fenn, Associated Press
Blog: Emergency Aid From the Financial Aid Administrator's Perspective
National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
Members of Congress: Inspiration for Higher Education
Erica Hilton, Higher Learning Advocates
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