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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 26, 2018
California Colleges Get Funding to Expand Services to Undocumented College Students
Zaidee Stavely, EdSource
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In the face of continued attempts to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, many California colleges are finding new ways to help undocumented students succeed and get assistance to their families.

The latest effort is the California Campus Catalyst Fund. Administered by the nonprofit organization Immigrants Rising, the program provides grants to California colleges to expand financial, social, and professional support for undocumented students. The funders also are taking the unusual move of assisting students' undocumented family members with services that range from legal consultations and mental health therapy to workshops on how to become an entrepreneur. 

SNHU, LRNG Merge for Learning and Workforce Solutions
Tiffany Pennamon, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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Southern New Hampshire University and the Chicago-based nonprofit LRNG are merging to provide an innovative solution that aims to create "seamless connections" between education and the workforce. 

With the new partnership, SNHU and LRNG will work with cities, employers, and community-based partners to develop "digital badges," "learning playlists," or other degree programs in alignment with a city's specific educational and workforce needs. The organizations will reach "upstream" to serve pre-college young people and reach "downstream" to serve older adult learners. 
The Hidden Costs of Food Insecurity on Campus
Tim Goral, University Business Magazine
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Food insecurity is a growing issue on college campuses across America. According to the College and University Food Bank Alliance, more than 600 colleges now have food pantries on campus. Others are leveraging their local community and state resources to help students get some assistance.

For many institutions, however, the challenge is now making students aware these programs exist and that those with hunger issues shouldn't be afraid to ask for help. 
Why Many College Dropouts Are Returning to School in North Carolina
Adam Harris, The Atlantic
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The college-affordability crisis can at times feel like a problem with a million responses but no clear solution. Students often graduate with thousands of dollars in debt, or, even worse, they drop out of college and are still left with debt to pay off.

As the student-debt bubble continues to grow—it is now estimated at more than $1.5 trillion—policy makers are looking for that solution. One that has been proffered is “free college,” whether that’s tuition- or debt-free. But an alternate solution has taken hold in North Carolina, and perhaps it’s the simplest of all: Just lower tuition. And it’s getting students who have dropped out back into the classroom.

Redesigning Higher Ed With the Student at the Center
A. Sasha Thackaberry, The EvoLLLution
Can Nonprofit Startups Make a College Degree Attainable for Low-Income Adults?
Marcella Bombardieri, Center for American Progress
Commentary: Rating College Rankings
Jolanta Juszkiewicz, Community College Daily
Public Flagships Are Offering More Middle-Income Scholarships. What Gives?
Chris Quintana, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Societal Benefits of Aid to Low-Income Students
Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed
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