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.
October 1, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
New Coalition Highlights the Need For Student Voices in Higher Education Policy
Sara Weissman, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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A lot has changed since the last time the Higher Education Act was reauthorized. Eleven years worth of changes to be exact.

The Today’s Students Coalition is at the forefront of those changes. The coalition of 12 different higher education advocacy groups aims to take a “students first” approach to higher education policy, with the goal of expanding supports for nontraditional and underrepresented students.

Jamie Merisotis
Despite Obstacles, Black Colleges Are Pipelines to the Middle Class, Study Finds. Here’s Its List of the Best.
Marc Parry, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Historically black colleges and universities have far smaller endowments and a far larger share of low-income students than predominantly white institutions do. Yet black colleges raise students up the ladder of economic success at rates comparable to white colleges, according to a new study.

Jamie Merisotis
Self-Reflecting After Varsity Blues
Rick Seltzer, Inside Higher Ed
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A Sept. 27 panel at the National Association for College Admission Counseling National Conference provided fodder on the far-reaching questions about which students top colleges enroll and why the recent college admissions scandal has so completely captured the public's attention.

Panelists also wondered what they can do to reform an admissions system that many outside of the academy's ivory towers have come to believe locks in inequities and denies underprivileged students the opportunities that are lavished upon the wealthy and powerful.

Jamie Merisotis
The Boeing Blueprint: What Happens When a Corporate Giant Sets Its Sights on Higher Education?
Lindsay Ellis, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Frustrated with new hires, Boeing’s John McMasters found that recent college graduates relied too heavily on computers and didn’t understand the data they analyzed. So the airplane manufacturer’s principal engineer met with professors, department chairs, and college administrators to help change higher education.

The effort reshaped college programs and reverberated on campuses across the country. What McMasters called a “revolution in engineering education” eventually helped instill the assumption that employers are among higher education’s customers, and that new hires should meet their standards.

How Credential Transparency Can Drive Lifelong Learning Access and Impact
Eleni Papadakis and Marina Parr, The EvoLLLution
Blog: The Most Important Part of Paul Tough's 'The Years that Matter Most'
Matt Reed, Confessions of a Community College Dean
Community Colleges Need to Evolve as Students’ Needs Do
Pamela Eddy, Harvard Business Review
Orientation for the Adult Learner
Jeremy Bauer-Wolf, Inside Higher Ed
Enrollment, Training Up in Maine
Matthew Dembicki, Community College Daily
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