Top stories in higher ed for Monday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
October 7, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
In DC, Teachers Run the Jail. It’s Turning Inmates Into Students.
Rebecca Koenig, EdSurge
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Jerard Briscoe is away at school. At least that's what he tells his kids. 

It’s a plausible story. Briscoe studies for GED math exams. He reads e-books and takes courses using a tablet computer. He even wears a uniform: an orange jumpsuit and white Velcro sneakers.

Briscoe is taking steps to better his future while behind bars at the D.C. Central Detention Facility. A tablet-based educational platform enables him to take college courses and gain the skills and training he will one day need to obtain employment and secure a stable life.

Jamie Merisotis
Harvard Won a Key Affirmative Action Battle. But the War’s Not Over.
Anemona Hartocollis, The New York Times
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The bitter fight over Harvard’s race-conscious admissions process—and affirmative action nationwide—is far from done. The university won the first round last week, when a federal judge ruled there was no evidence of explicit bias in Harvard’s treatment of Asian-American applicants.

But from the beginning, the plaintiffs suing Harvard were preparing for a Supreme Court challenge that could overturn decades of precedent and outlaw affirmative action in college admissions. Harvard’s win, which upheld existing law, only makes the challenge more likely, some experts say.

Jamie Merisotis
A Second Chance at Detroit Colleges
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
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Dana Paglia’s path to graduation at Wayne State University has been a circuitous one. Paglia put her degree on hold in the winter semester of 2012 because her father was terminally ill. When she tried to re-enroll a year later, she was blocked by the university because of an outstanding $1,300 balance from her last semester there.

Paglia later became one of the first students to enroll in the Warrior Wayback program, an initiative Wayne State launched last year that has become a model for higher ed institutions in the Detroit metro area and is drawing attention from well outside the Midwest region. The program offers incremental amounts of debt forgiveness to students who left without graduating if they re-enroll and make progress toward earning a degree.

Jamie Merisotis
The Third Wave: Overcoming Elitist College Rankings
The EvoLLLution
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The American higher education system was designed around creating economic mobility and access for individuals of limited means, underpinned by the notion that the more educated a society was, the stronger it would be. Unfortunately, over the past few decades institutional rankings designed to push universities to replicate the models that work for a small number of elite universities have become ubiquitous.

In this interview, Paul Glastris of Washington Monthly discusses the value (and consequences) of these rankings, as well as how their structure must evolve to create a postsecondary ecosystem that serves the needs of today's learners. 

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Leah Belsky, Harvard Business Review
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Matt Reed, Confessions of a Community College Dean
Institutions Stepping Up to Serve Hispanic Students
Lois Elfman, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Pilot Program Promotes College Success For Foster Care Alumni in Bexar County
Kim Johnson and Dallas Williams, Texas Public Radio
Blog: Exploring Students’ Basic Needs: Food Insecurity
Mari Normyle and Sarah Kleeberger, RNL
Report: Transparency Alone Is Inadequate
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
The North Texas Brain Gain
Michael Cox and Richard Alm, D Magazine
Achieve60AZ Is Working to Close Attainment Gaps
Cassidy Rue, Arizona Education News Service
$250,000 Family Income and Needs Aid
Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed
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