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 17, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
To Counter Declining Enrollment, Cleary U. Is Taking a Cue From Some Mega-Universities: Forming Corporate Partnerships
Wesley Jenkins, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Cleary University has seen its enrollment shrink by more than 20 percent over the past decade, so the small, private university in Michigan has decided to take a page from much larger institutions: It has set up a partnership with a nearby company to offer employees free tuition.

Jamie Merisotis
Soaring Housing Costs Stretch Already-Strapped College Students
Hari Sreenivasan, PBS NewsHour
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For many college students, living costs can exceed the cost of tuition and fees, as affordable housing options are becoming increasingly hard to find. Between 1989 and 2017, room and board on and off college campuses went up by more than 82 percent at four-year public universities.

As a result, some students struggle with debt, or paying for meals. Others are at risk for homelessness. In this interview, college students in Philadelphia reveal how they are coping with housing costs.

Jamie Merisotis
Clarifying a Muddled Career Training Landscape
Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed
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After many years as a backwater, the landscape of entities seeking to improve the education and training of adults is getting crowded. 

A new player called Unmudl hopes to step into that fray next year, differentiating itself from those already in the space with the goal of collecting and distributing the best noncredit offerings from a cohort of leading community colleges to those institutions and their local employers.

Jamie Merisotis
Amador County Builds Community College Pipeline for Mental Health Workers
Sammy Caiola, CalMatters
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Amador County is one of six California counties without a physical community college. It also struggles to recruit mental health providers. A small online learning program could offer a solution to both challenges.

The Talk of Educause
Goldie Blumenstyk, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Johnson C. Smith Foster Care Transition Program Marks a Decade
B. Denise Hawkins, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Closing the Gap for LatinX
Ellie Ashford, Community College Daily
Vague New World
Julia Goldberg, Santa Fe Reporter
House Democrats Have a Plan for Higher Ed. Here’s What’s in It.
Lauren Fisher, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Report: Federal Outcome Metrics Need to Better Reflect Missions of Community Colleges
Hunter Martin, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
Restoring the Promise of Higher Education
Colleen Campbell and Antoinette Flores, Center for American Progress
Making the Invisible, Visible: Toward Re-Envisioning Teacher Education at Thomas College
Pamela Thompson, The New England Journal of Higher Education
A Design for Workforce Equity
Center for American Progress
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