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Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
October 19, 2018
New Data Show Some Colleges Are Definitively Unaffordable for Many
Jon Marcus, The Hechinger Report
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Aboubacar Konate graduated second in his class from high school, took Advanced Placement classes, speaks four languages, and played three sports. But private colleges offered the aspiring engineer little financial aid, so he went to a public university and now works as an engineer in Boston.

An increasing number of American families are finding themselves in the same situation. For them, after years of escalating college costs and stagnant earnings, the higher educations they desire for their children are conclusively, decisively, and categorically out of reach.

Pay-It-Forward Debt Relief
Emma Whitford, Inside Higher Ed
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This spring, the University of Pittsburgh will pilot a “pay-it-forward” financial aid program that offers students up to $5,000 upon graduation to pay down their student debt. In return, the university asks, but does not require, graduates of the program to contribute to a fund that will finance the same debt-relief scholarships for future students in the program.
MN Reconnect Aims to Help Those With Prior Credits Cross the Finish Line
Erin Hinrichs, MinnPost
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There’s a lot of talk about preparing high schoolers to be college- and career-ready. But simply getting graduates to enroll in college isn’t enough. If those students aren’t equipped to see their postsecondary journey through to completion, they’re saddled with debt and no clear pathway to career advancement.

This is a reality faced by far too many Minnesotans, and a new program called MN Reconnect seeks to reconnect them to schools in the state. 
As Alternative Higher-Ed Pathways Take Off, We’re Still Forgetting Parent Learners
Allison Dulin Salisbury, Jasmin Schiener, and Lauren Pizer, EdSurge
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Demographic and technological changes mean institutions can't keep preparing the same students for the same jobs in the same way they always have. The savviest colleges and universities are adapting to better serve adult and lower-income students, and those that don't are losing market share to a bevy of new providers.

Both long-time and new providers, however, are still overlooking a key group: parent learners. A quarter of undergraduates—4.8 million—are parents, and millions more are in other postsecondary training programs.

Building a SMART Future
Madeline Patton, AACC 21st Century Center
Essay: A Road to Nowhere
Ryan Craig, Inside Higher Ed
Opinion: Four-Year Colleges Aren’t the Only Tickets to the American Dream
James E. Clyburn and Raja Krishnamoorthi, The Hill
Clearing Pipelines for Computer Science Transfers
Matthew Dembicki, Community College Daily
How Harvard’s Admissions Office Courts Donors and Low-Income Students
Nell Gluckman, The Chronicle of Higher Education
College and Career Pathways: Equity and Access
The Foundation for Excellence in Education
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