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.
September 5, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
‘Nudging’ Looked Like It Could Help Solve Key Problems in Higher Ed. Now That’s Not So Clear.
Beckie Supiano, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Getting to and through college often requires navigating a tangled bureaucracy. One increasingly popular strategy for helping students is through low-cost, low-touch interventions that encourage them to take action and make better decisions. 

But can nudge interventions with positive results at a local level maintain efficacy when scaled nationwide? New research examines the issue. 

Jamie Merisotis
Can Calbright Reinvent Online Community College?
Wayne D'Orio, Education Dive
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California's newest public college—Calbright College—is beginning an experiment this fall that could change how higher education serves a coveted class of students: working adults without degrees. 

The free online community college is starting slow, offering noncredit classes with curriculum designed to teach skills requested by area companies. 

But less than a month before its expected opening, Calbright is raising more questions than answers. This includes how it will mesh with California's existing 114 community colleges, the extent to which it will be able to reach the underserved students it's targeting, and whether it will impact online education for working adults beyond the state. 

Jamie Merisotis
When Did College Turn So Cruel?
Frank Bruni, The New York Times
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In the current era of technology and automation, college is the new high school, but the share of Americans finishing it hasn’t grown at nearly that kind of pace. According to the Census Bureau, about 35 percent of Americans 25 years or older have earned four-year college degrees or more, in comparison with about 21 percent 30 years ago.

That needn’t be so, says author Paul Tough. His new book, The Years That Matter Most: How College Makes or Breaks Us, provides portraits of schools and programs that model a better way. 

Jamie Merisotis
Alumni of Tribal Colleges and Universities Better Their Communities
American Indian College Fund and Gallup
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Education has been heralded as the "great equalizer," but many American Indian students have not reaped the benefits of attending college, either because of their physical distance from a campus or because a traditional program wasn't the right fit for them.

A new report from the American Indian College Fund and Gallup offers insight about the advantages for students attending Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), which exist to serve their communities and their academic needs.

Program Combats Attrition of First-Time College Students
Sophie Vaughn, U.S. News & World Report
Student Stress Surges
Emily Shenk Flory, Community College Daily
Financial Aid Nudges: A National Experiment With Informational Interventions
The Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice
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