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 15, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
What Lies Ahead for Accreditation
The Council for Higher Education Accreditation
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In this podcast, Judith Eaton of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) discusses what lies ahead for accreditation, both in terms of federal policies and the public’s perception of its value.

Jamie Merisotis
'How I Learned to Count College Value Over Perceived Status'
Olivia Piechocinski, The Hechinger Report
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As a first-generation American who’s also the first in her family to attend college, Olivia Piechocinski learned early on the importance of education and training beyond high school. Her parents urged her to value any form of education she could access. Her job was simple: work hard and get a quality education.

In this essay, Piechocinski reflects on her personal growth from Ivy League aspirations to community college appreciation. 

Jamie Merisotis
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We All Need to Be Data People
Archie P. Cubarrubia, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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More colleges are making real efforts to improve student success, including flipping classrooms, expanding student-support services, and increasing course availability through innovative delivery methods.

Despite this work, too many students, particularly those who are low income, are not graduating on time—or even graduating at all.

One reason is the fact that few people at colleges know how to make sense of institutional, state, and federal data. More important, even fewer know how to use it effectively.

Jamie Merisotis
Storefront Advising Programs Bring Free College Counseling Into Low-Income Communities
Rebecca Koenig, EdSurge
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Colorful college pennants line the walls in a small room at a public library branch in Houston. Students come here from miles around to meet—first-come, first-served—with advisers for free help navigating all things higher education, from admissions tests to returning to college.

Although anyone can make use of the services at CaféCollege Houston, the effort specifically aims to open more doors to higher education for lower-income and first-generation students.

Community College, With Google as Instructor
Lilah Burke, Inside Higher Ed
60 Years of Higher Ed—Really?
Alina Tugend, The New York Times
Opinion: Education Key to Meeting Workforce Needs
Deanna Sherman, Portland Press Herald
Institutions Partner With States to Help Student-Parents, But More Is Needed
Joelle Fredman, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
CUNY Freshman Enrollment Increasing
Madeline St. Amour, Inside Higher Ed
Opinion: Legislation to Help America’s Workforce
Steve Fisher and Craig Menear, Atlanta Journal Constitution
Opinion: Elimination of Private College Tuition Grants Worsens Talent Crisis
Marsha Kelliher, Crain's Detroit Business (Michigan)
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