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 18, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
The Invisible Students on Campus
Nicole Lynn Lewis, Washington Monthly
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The barriers to college completion for student-parents are formidable. Fewer than two percent of teen mothers earn their college degrees before the age of 30. Studies show that student-parents are 10 times less likely to complete their bachelor’s degree in five years, despite this group having higher GPAs, on average, than their non-parenting peers.

That’s because, on many college campuses, student-parents are a largely invisible population. Nicole Lynn Lewis knows this experience firsthand. That's why she created Generation Hope, a nonprofit that provides interventions and supports to promote timely degree completion for student-parents.

Jamie Merisotis
Reality-TV Show Tries Financial Makeovers for Those With Student Debt
Julia Carpenter, The Wall Street Journal
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Reality TV is very America. So is student debt. It was only a matter of time before someone put them together. 

"Going for Broke," a new reality TV show created by actor and entrepreneur Ashton Kutcher, looks to illustrate how the financial realities facing young people today are disrupting the traditional ladder to financial success.

Jamie Merisotis
Michigan Now Allows Inmates to Get Financial Aid for College Education
Angie Jackson, Detroit Free Press
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Inmates in Michigan’s prisons have a new avenue for getting financial aid for postsecondary education thanks to a change to a state program that had long excluded incarcerated individuals. 

Terrell Blount of the Vera Institute of Justice says expanding eligibility to inmates through Michigan’s Tuition Incentive Program is a “big win” for the state, where college funding opportunities for people in prison are limited. Michigan is now among 18 states that allow access to state financial aid for incarcerated students.

Jamie Merisotis
Class, Race, and the Pursuit of College
Greg Toppo, The 74
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In his new book, The Years That Matter Most: How College Makes or Breaks Us, Paul Tough, himself a college dropout, turns his attention to the pivotal role that higher education plays in young people’s lives—and the struggles that many of them endure to get into college and stay there.

In this interview, Tough talks about what he's learned from not only educators and researchers but also college admissions directors and the students making their way through the transition from high school to college.

Hispanic Faculty Associations a Recruitment, Retention Resource
Lois Elfman, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Report: Student Food Insecurity Tied to Financial Struggles
Hunter Martin, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
Pay Up or Get Out
Madeline St. Amour, Inside Higher Ed
The Unequal Race for Good Jobs
Center for Education and the Workforce
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