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.
September 3, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
College Dreams Often Melt Away in Summer Months. ‘Near-Peer’ Counseling Is Helping Keep Them Alive.
Sarah Gonser, The Hechinger Report
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For aspiring college students, the summer before freshman year can be a perilous time, as they contend with swelling concerns over how to pay for college, often inscrutable paperwork, and uncertainty about whether they belong on a college campus at all. Low-income students and those who are first in their families to enroll in higher education are particularly vulnerable. 

Studies suggest that when it comes to fighting "summer melt," programs that rely on human interaction—in the form of one-to-one counseling, “near-peer” coaching, workshops, and personalized communication—may hold the most promise of keeping students on track to college.

Jamie Merisotis
What to Do on a Summer Weekend Night? Try Welding
Kate McGee, WBEZ
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Thomas Foster doesn’t like to talk about the robbery that landed him in prison three years ago. What does get him talking? Welding.

On a recent Saturday, the 23-year-old was hunched over a table wearing a huge black plastic face mask and heavy clothing as he practiced welding two pieces of metal together using a blowtorch that reached about 4,000 degrees.

Foster is earning his basic welding certificate at Daley College in Chicago. He’s part of the inaugural class of the Weekend Warriors, a new program started by the Inner-City Muslim Action Network and made possible with the help of City Colleges of Chicago.

Jamie Merisotis
Expert Predicts 25 Percent of Colleges Will 'Fail' in the Next 20 Years
CBS News
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For the first time in 185 years, there will be no fall semester at Green Mountain College in western Vermont. The college, which closed this year, isn't alone: Southern Vermont College, the College of St. Joseph, and Atlantic Union College, among others, have shuttered their doors, too.

The schools fell victim to trends in higher education—trends that lead one expert to believe more schools will soon follow. 

Jamie Merisotis
Better, But Still Short
Matthew Dembicki, Community College Daily
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State budgets are consistently shortchanging underrepresented college students, according to new research from the Institute for College Access & Success (TICAS).

While college plays a critical role in providing opportunities for economic mobility, alarming inequities in degree attainment by race persist. The report says those gaps are exacerbated by state funding patterns that consistently funnel the least money to schools that serve the highest proportions of Black, Latino, and other students of color.

Finding Standards a Challenge in Credentialing World
Andy Proffet, The American Legion
What Can Real-Time Data Analytics Do for Higher Education?
Eli Zimmerman, EdTech Magazine: Focus on Higher Education
Debate Surrounds College Board’s Adversity Score Replacement
Sara Weissman, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Orientation for the Adult Learner
Jeremy Bauer-Wolf, Inside Higher Ed
iPASS in Practice: Four Case Studies
Community College Research Center
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