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 17, 2017
More Scrutiny for Community Colleges
Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed
More states may be following the path of Indiana, Ohio, and Tennessee, weighing in on community colleges' performance and investing in them as a primary strategy to prepare people for the workforce.   
The Decline of the Midwest's Public Universities Threatens to Wreck Its Most Vibrant Economies
Jon Marcus, The Hechinger Report/The Atlantic
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University research is in trouble, and so is an economy more dependent on it than many people understand. Federal funding for basic research—more than half of it conducted on university campuses—has effectively declined since 2008, failing to keep pace with inflation. This ominous reality could widen regional inequality, as brainpower, talent, and jobs leave the Midwest and the Rust Belt.

More Older Americans Than Ever Are Struggling With Student Debt
Megan Thompson, PBS NewsHour
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Annette Pelaez, 64, is still paying about $300 dollars a month for a student loan she took out 20 years ago to pursue graduate degrees in American Studies. Pelaez is far from alone. The number of people age 60 and older with student loans has quadrupled in the past 10 years. 

Curriculum for Work-Force Development
Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation has released a new curriculum it hopes employers, government, and higher education can use to better collaborate on closing the skills gap.
Opinion: Achieve60AZ and the Imperative to Increase Educational Attainment
Christine M. Thompson and Judee Jackson, Pinal Central
Opinion: College Presidents: Protect Our Students, Pass the Dream Act
Ángel Cabrera, John J. DeGioia, DeRionne P. Pollard and Scott Ralls, The Hill 
Ivy Tech Teams Up With Local Manufacturers
Matthew Kent, The Republic (Indiana)
Blog: Should Apple Matter to Higher Ed?
Joshua Kim, Technology and Learning
Free College Finds Success in Tennessee
Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology