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 31, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
This College Student Had to Choose: Go to Class, or Go to Work So She Can Afford to Eat
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Eight out of 10 college students work while they’re in school—and the number of hours they’re working is on the rise.

Crystal Cox, an English and journalism dual major at the University of Missouri, has worked 25 to 40 hours a week, depending on her course load, while going to school full time. She says at least twice a week last semester she had to make a decision: Go to class or go to work? 

In the first installment of CNBC’s My College Dream series, Cox shares her story—and how she's juggled going to college and working in order to pay for it.

Jamie Merisotis
Some College, No Degree
Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed
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College leaders and policy makers are paying more attention to the millions of adults in the U.S. who attended college but didn’t earn a credential. Yet many questions remain about this population—not just how to better recruit and serve them, but who they are.

A newly released report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center helps fill in some of the blanks.

Jamie Merisotis
How This Baltimore Charter School Puts Kids in Charge of Their Futures
Hari Sreenivasan, PBS NewsHour
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Baltimore has long struggled with poverty, crime, high unemployment, and a low public high school graduation rate—around 70 percent. But one charter school for sixth through twelfth graders is bucking that trend, graduating 95 percent of seniors and sending them on to colleges or careers. 

Green Street Academy's dual emphasis on college and careers is reinforced throughout students' time at the school. By ninth grade, students are required to have resumes. Students who need extra support get regular counseling and tutoring. One of the school's top priorities, getting students into high-quality paid internships, has been a big boost to students and their families.

Jamie Merisotis
University of Chicago Projected to Be the First U.S. University to Cost $100,000 a Year
Pete D’Amato, The Hechinger Report
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Located in the Hyde Park neighborhood of the city’s South Side, the University of Chicago could be the first college or university in the nation where total advertised cost for an undergraduate breaks $100,000.

While rising education costs and more amenities and luxury housing have played a role in pressing up the cost of college attendance, a great deal of college tuition inflation has been driven by an enrollment strategy that relies heavily on tuition discounting. 

Education + Experience = Employment
Katrina McIntosh, The EvoLLLution
Blog: Optimizing the Course Schedule
Steven Mintz, Higher Ed Gamma
Kentucky Awards More Degrees in 2019 Than in Any Other Year
Chris Larson, Louisville Business First
Diversity Summit Asks How Industries Can Create Better Pipelines
Sara Weissman, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Some College, No Degree: A 2019 Snapshot for the Nation and 50 States
National Student Clearinghouse Research Center
2019 State of College Admission
National Association for College Admission Counseling
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