Top stories in higher ed for Tuesday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
October 29, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
In One Country, Women Now Outnumber Men in College By Two to One
Jon Marcus, The Hechinger Report
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The number of women in college around the globe has decisively overtaken the number of men. That includes in almost all of the 36 member nations of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and in 39 of 47 countries of the UN Economic Commission for Europe, which extends to central and western Asia.

And nowhere is the divide as lopsided as in Iceland, where there are now two women in college for every man—the biggest imbalance in the OECD.

Jamie Merisotis
A Service Year After High School or College That Comes With Many Rewards
Victoria Lim, WorkingNation
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Last month, more than 3,000 young adults made a year-long commitment to help K-12 students at systemically under-resourced public schools graduate and prepare for college or a career. In exchange, the mentors receive help in developing leadership skills through formal training, coaching, and peer learning. They also earn money to help pay for their own college costs.

The effort is part of City Year, a national nonprofit program founded in Boston in 1988 that is now in more than 350 schools in 29 U.S. cities. 

Jamie Merisotis
A New Model for a New Reality
Marjorie Valbrun, Inside Higher Ed
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Administrators at St. John's College, a private liberal arts institution, took a gamble with the school's finances and its reputation last year when they cut tuition and turned to donors to replace lost revenue. Applications shot up, as did donations. Could this new financial model be the answer for making college more affordable?

Jamie Merisotis
A Republican’s Debt-Forgiveness Plan Sounds Great. But What Comes Next?
Eric Kelderman, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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A. Wayne Johnson was leading a revamp of how the Office of Federal Student Aid deals with borrowers and the companies that service the debt. Now he is resigning his post and urging that most student debt be canceled because the system is “fundamentally broken.”

IBM Looks Beyond the College Degree
Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed
As Pressure to Upskill Grows, Five Models Emerge
Allison Dulin Salisbury, Forbes
Commentary: How Higher Education’s Data Obsession Leads Us Astray
Patricia McGuire, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Scholars Address Issues of Mobility in Higher Education
Lois Elfman, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Opinion: Creating More Diversity Within Educational System
Patty Erjavec, Charlotte Macaluso, Timothy Mottet, and Ed Smith, La Junta Tribune Democrat
Viewpoint: The Great Education Divide
Michael Gargano, CT Mirror
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