Top stories in higher ed for Friday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
October 13, 2017
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Which Public Colleges Have the Top Graduation Rates for Students in Financial Need?
Nick Anderson, The Washington Post
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For disadvantaged students, getting into a top college is a significant feat. But getting a diploma matters far more.

Among 100 major public universities across the country — state flagships and other prominent schools — only 11 report a six-year graduation rate of at least 80 percent for students with enough financial need to qualify for federal Pell Grants.

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Enrollment Climbing in Michigan's CTE Programs, But Completion Rates Remain Low
Brian McVicar, MLive
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After falling for several years, enrollment in career and technical education programs in Michigan is on the rise, climbing by nearly 5,000 students since 2015.

Despite the increase, the completion rate for CTE programs remains relatively low. In 2015-16, the latest data available, less than a third of students enrolled in one of the programs completed it.

States Connect Students With Degrees They Don't Know They've Earned
Jon Marcus, The Hechinger Report/U.S. News & World Report
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Reverse transfer gives students — and their states, which subsidize public higher education and benefit economically by having more residents with postsecondary credentials — something to show for the time and money they've already put in.

Free Impact On N.Y. Community Colleges
Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed
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New York's new public tuition scholarship comes with a full-time enrollment requirement, which may help boost the state's community colleges.

With an Ambitious Merger Proposal, Wisconsin Charts Its Own Course for Change
Eric Kelderman, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Plenty of states are facing similar public higher education challenges, but none have proposed a restructuring plan on the scale that Wisconsin is considering.

‘A Practical Education’
Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed
UNLV Seeking Solutions to Freshman Academic Struggles
Natalie Bruzda, Las Vegas Review-Journal
Experts: Time for Plan to Aid Underserved Students
Tiffany Pennamon, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Blog: NCAN and FSA Explore Ways to #FixFAFSA On Capitol Hill
Shelbe Klebs, National College Access Network
I Wish My College Knew …
Cecilia Le, The New England Journal of Higher Education