Top stories in higher ed for Wednesday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
October 25, 2017
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As Food Insecurity Grows Among Texas College Students, More Campus Food Pantries Open
Bill Zeeble, KERA News
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The North Texas Food Bank's mobile pantry is making its first visit to Cedar Valley College. For many students struggling with food insecurity, its presence provides a lifeline so that they do not have to choose between pursuing their education and meeting basic needs.

Colleges Try to Help Students Manage Their Finances
Jillian Berman, The Wall Street Journal
As concerns grow about rising student debt, more schools are stepping in by trying to help students get their act together.

The hope is that by providing students with detailed information and guidance about their finances, it will help them manage their money while in school and after they graduate.
A Highways Project for College Completion
Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed
A new report compares the long-term impact of an ambitious college completion push to physical infrastructure investments like the federal government’s creation of the Interstate Highway System in the 1950s and 1960s. That project also came with big costs, disruptions and dislocations. 

Over time, however, the speed and reliability of highway travel and commerce yielded economic benefits that far outweigh the costs. Similarly, sustained investments in college completion would result in economic gains for individuals and economic growth for the nation, the study says.
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How Much Does the Government Really Need to Know About College Students in America?
Jon Marcus, The Atlantic
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Some say a new proposal that would allow federal agencies to collect higher-education data will benefit degree-seekers, but critics argue that it’s an infringement on privacy and could put those who are undocumented at risk.

State Colleges Look for Money to Close Jobs ‘Gap’
Lloyd Dunkelberger, Daily Commercial (Florida)
Diversifying the STEM Pool
Marguerite Gallorini, WMRA
Net Price Keeps Creeping Up
Rick Seltzer, Inside Higher Ed
Recruiting Trends Report 2017-18
MSU Career Services Network and the Collegiate Employment Research Institute