Top stories in higher ed for Thursday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
October 10, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
Time to Recognize Lessons Learned in the Military
Dakota Pawlicki, Medium
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Veterans leave the military with training and skills that can be incredibly useful in the civilian world. But many find that when they enroll in higher education, they get little or no credit for what they’ve learned.

This podcast examines what can be done to help veterans make the best use of the knowledge they've gained by serving our country—and how we might smooth the transition to higher education for them.

Jamie Merisotis
Questioning Their Fairness, a Record Number of Colleges Stop Requiring the SAT and ACT
Alina Tugend, The Hechinger Report
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Julia Tomasulo took the ACT three times, hoping to get to get the best possible score when applying for colleges. Even though she had good grades, Tomasulo and her mother say testing was the hardest part of the college process. 

With frustration like the Tomasulos’ compounded by reports of test-takers gaming the system or flat-out cheating, more and more people seem to agree—including some colleges and a few elected politicians.
This means the SAT and ACT are facing what could be the greatest challenge in their histories.

Jamie Merisotis
High-Stakes Presidential Search
Madeline St. Amour, Inside Higher Ed
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Many see Miami Dade College as an example of how to get student success right. Led by Eduardo Padrón, who stepped down in August after more than two decades as president, the college has nearly closed the racial equity gap for underrepresented minorities and served as an engine for economic mobility in the region, achievements that helped it win this year's Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.

As the Board of Trustees moves to find a new president, experts discuss what's at stake for the community college that leads the nation in educating students from underrepresented minority groups.

Jamie Merisotis
Understanding Comebackers’ Pathways to Graduation
Annette B. Mattei, Iris Palmer, and Hadass Sheffer, New America
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The urgency to respond to adult learners is tangible. Colleges and universities reporting low enrollments are looking to “non-traditional” or “adult” learners to fill classes, featuring adult students in their recruitment posters. Employers are looking for candidates with postsecondary credentials. Adults themselves are looking for ways to make a comeback to postsecondary education to upgrade their knowledge and skills in order to be more competitive in the job market. 

In short, this "Comebacker" population of adult learners is the enticing “low-hanging fruit” for postsecondary educational attainment.

Opinion: The United States Needs to Re-Think Workforce Development
Brian Babin and Bhavesh V. Patel, The Hill
Utah Universities Fail to Follow Law Meant to Help Students Pick a School and a Major
Eric S. Peterson, Tori Waltz, and McKhelyn Jones, The Salt Lake Tribune
Misplaced Student Loan Blame
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
Centerpiece of Biden’s Higher Ed Plan
Matthew Dembicki, Community College Daily
Opinion: GROWTH4VA Seeks to Build Partnership for Higher Ed
G. Gilmer Minor III & Dennis H. Treacy, The Virginian-Pilot (Virginia)
National University Gets $350M Gift, New Name
Hallie Busta, Education Dive
Event: Redefining What a 'Good' College Is
Washington Monthly/American Enterprise Institute
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