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 29, 2017
Weak High School Prep, Poor Counseling Keep Most California 9th-Graders From a College Degree
Mikhail Zinshteyn, EdSource
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New research from the Public Policy Institute of California says the state's pathway from high school to college is broken, with just 30 percent of California's ninth graders expected to earn a bachelor’s degree. 

Sukhwant Jhaj: Redesigning Higher Education With the Student at the Center
Jeffrey J. Selingo, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
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Many universities say they are student-centered but rarely take the steps that Portland State University has over the past five years to design systems that actually work for students. A “design mentality” to problem-solving is now infused throughout the entire campus, with faculty and staff members, as well as students, focused on a common goal of improving access and success. 
A New and Improved Education Law
Julie Peller and Emily Bouck, U.S. News & World Report
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To succeed in today's economy, students need a higher education system where their education matches the skills employers require. They need flexible programs that support student success and recogniize all types of learning. Federal policy is not the only solution, but it should no longer be a barrier.
FAFSA Goes Mobile
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
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Nationally, just three out of five high school seniors complete an application for federal student aid. And completion rates are lowest among low-income students, meaning those students leave billions of dollars in aid on the table.

The Office of Federal Student Aid wants to boost those numbers by putting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in front of students on the device that rarely leaves their hands—their cellphones.

Preparing Recruits for Evolving Law Enforcement Field
Ellie Ashford, Community College Daily
New FAFSA Bill Would Help Low-Income Students Access Financial Aid
Rosa Garcia, The Center for Law and Social Policy
Blog: Toward a Focus Index
Matt Reed, Confessions of a Community College Dean
Why Some Students Quit College - and How They Can Finish
Teddy Nykiel, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Chicago STAR Scholars Program Provides College Access
Jamaal Abdul-Alim, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Improving College Pathways in California
Public Policy Institute of California
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