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 14, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
For DACA Students, It’s Hard to Focus on a Bright Future When Faced With Deportation Fears
Hari Sreenivasan, PBS NewsHour
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Like many college students, 19-year-old Jimmy Rodriguez has a lot on his plate. He's taking a full course load this semester at Lorain County Community College in Ohio.

In the evenings, he practices with the school's soccer team. But unlike most of his peers, Rodriguez is pursuing a degree and a future in a country he may one day be forced to leave. Rodriguez is a beneficiary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. 

Some colleges and universities are taking steps to help students like Rodriguez as they wait for the Supreme Court to determine their fate next month.  

Jamie Merisotis
Who’s Afraid of Accountability?
Luke Messer, The Agenda
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Accountability and a focus on outcomes is not a novel or untested idea. The nation’s high school graduation rates have improved over the past decade in large part, because we started measuring outcomes more accurately—and the startlingly low graduation rates that we discovered led to policy changes that have driven positive reform.

A similar reckoning has yet to take place within higher education. As Congress works to rewrite the Higher Education Act, we can and should demand stronger accountability for federal dollars—and for students who deserve better. 

Jamie Merisotis
Michigan’s Average Student Debt Rose $10K in a Decade. That's Had Consequences.
Mark Johnson, Lansing State Journal
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Meghan Schulz pays her student debt with the help of pawn shops and consignment stores. 

The 23-year-old graduated from Western Michigan University in June of 2018 with a degree in advertising and promotion. She has a $300 monthly loan payment. She's already fallen behind twice.

Rising debt means many graduates face tough choices on how they spend their money, factoring loan payments into where they live, what kinds of jobs they take, even putting food on the table. And it means they carry emotional and financial stress with them into careers.

Jamie Merisotis
Three Ways to Expand Higher Education Opportunities for Rural Students
Natalie Schwartz, Education Dive
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As employers across the country continue to struggle to fill vacancies with a workforce that does not have the postsecondary training required for the majority of the nation's future jobs, rural residents in particular face significant challenges in achieving upward economic mobility.

A new report from the Institute for Higher Education Policy outlines three strategies rural communities are using to increase the college-going rates of their population. 

First Amazon, Now Google (Again)
Matthew Dembicki, AACC 21st Century Center
The Incredible Shrinking Higher Ed Industry
Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed
How Blockchain Technology Will Disrupt Higher Education
Richard DeMillo, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Helping Low-Income Students Navigate College
Kyle Spencer, The New York Times
Report Puts Spotlight on Educational Opportunities in New Mexico
Sarah Wood, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Early Decision: For the Privileged?
Rick Seltzer, Inside Higher Ed
Opinion: College Legacy Admissions Breed Inequality
Andrew Bramson, The Providence Journal
Opinion: For Students and Schools, I’m Supporting Prop CC
Tom Stritikus, The Durango Herald (Colorado)
Building a Better Workforce
Debra Gibson Isaacs, The Lane Report (Kentucky)
Armed With Education
Douglas Guth, Community College Daily
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