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 24, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
How a Parent Earned a Bachelor’s Degree Within Two Years
Iris Palmer and Sophie Nguyen, New America
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Brittany Block returned to college during one of the most difficult times of her life. She had a young son to care for, with no family support nearby. She relied on housing and childcare assistance from a local program for single moms. 

During her first semester at Inver Hills Community College, Block learned about a support program for adult students that helps them earn college credits for what they already know. Block was able to transfer her experience from her previous job into college credits, rather than sitting through classes teaching content she already knew. She completed her study at Inver Hills, transferred to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, and earned a bachelor’s degree—all in just two years. 

Jamie Merisotis
Many HBCUs Are Teetering Between Surviving and Thriving
Delece Smith-Barrow, The Hechinger Report
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Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) make up only 3 percent of four-year colleges in the country, but they have produced 80 percent of the nation’s Black judges and 50 percent of its Black doctors. Among Black college graduates with a degree in STEM, 27 percent are from historically Black colleges. And remarkably, HBCUs have trained roughly 50 percent of Black teachers.

They also are on the brink of financial disaster.

Jamie Merisotis
Hampshire College Scraps Majors, Sets Sights on 'Pressing Issues of Our Time'
Natalie Schwartz, Education Dive
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Hampshire College, a small liberal arts institution in Massachusetts that prides itself on its experimental approach, is headed in a new direction. 

Faced with the financial pressures weighing on many small colleges, the institution appeared on the brink of closure earlier this year. Now, officials are fighting to keep the doors open by overhauling the school's educational model and launching a new curriculum that will address pressing issues such as climate change, artificial intelligence (AI), and social inequity.  

Jamie Merisotis
The Future of Education
Ramona Schindelheim, WorkingNation
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The impact of technology on the way we do our jobs is challenging higher education to take a new approach to how it teaches America’s students and prepares them for the future.

In this podcast, Lumina Foundation's Jamie Merisotis discusses ways to break down the silos keeping educators, policymakers, and employers from solving the talent challenge, as well as what must be done to bring more of America’s underserved populations—including minorities, veterans, the formerly-incarcerated, and older workers in need of upskilling—into the workforce.

College Closures, Student Debt, and More Takeaways From the Road
Goldie Blumenstyk, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Blog: The Golden Age of Teaching and Learning Hypothesis
Edward J. Maloney and Joshua Kim, Technology and Learning
Schools Need Mental Health Training on Campus
Mindy Nichamin, eCampus News
Opinion: There's More to College Prep Than Academics
Clewiston D. Challenger, Education Week
Wayne State Launches Free Tuition Program
Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed
Analyzing the College Affordability Act: Changes to the FAFSA and Student Eligibility
Megan Walter, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
Letters to the Editor: Enough With All the Crisis Talk
Neil Kraus, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Opinion: Equal Access to Opportunity Is a Moral and Economic Imperative
Susan Mullaney and Angela Jones, Puget Sound Business Journal 
Editorial: A Path With Potential
Richmond Times-Dispatch
Matthew Dembicki, Community College Daily
Opinion: Adult Learners Hold the Key to Closing Ohio’s Skills Gap
Dr. Rebecca L. Watts, The Highland County Press
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