Top stories in higher ed for Friday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
September 6, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
Have to Miss Class? No Problem: The Career Center Has You Covered
Beckie Supiano, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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When professors are unable to make it to class, the career center at Davidson College steps in with customized presentations meant to help students draw connections between their classwork and future goals.

Jamie Merisotis
Mentor Collective Raises $3 Million to Connect College Students and Advisers
Wade Tyler Millward, EdSurge
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The warning message came to George White and his team from a college student’s mentor. The student might miss classes because of a broken laptop. White acted quickly, connecting the student with Lehigh University staffers to secure a loaner computer.

The tool that White’s university has used since 2018 came from Mentor Collective, a Boston-based startup that just secured $3 million in funding.

Mentor Collective partners with universities to drive success for all students during and after college. Based on research that mentorship is essential to successful student outcomes, Mentor Collective helps universities activate intentional relationships between their students, alumni, and employer communities.

Jamie Merisotis
IHEP Report Addresses Affordability at State Flagship Universities
Lois Elfman, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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Public flagship universities are often the most selective, rigorous, and well-resourced public schools in each state, and their important status and name recognition play an important role in raising the college-going aspirations of state residents. Flagships are well-positioned to promote social and economic mobility.

However, increasingly high costs of attendance, declining state investment, and inadequate and poorly-targeted financial aid policies mean that too few low-income students have meaningful access to these elite institutions. 

Jamie Merisotis
What Colleges Can Learn From Toyota
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Michael B. Horn and Bob Moesta’s new book, Choosing College: How to Make Better Learning Decisions Throughout Your Life, aims to help students and parents make better decisions around postsecondary education by understanding the reasons they are seeking to enroll. It also offers advice to institutions on how to structure themselves in ways that optimize student success. 

In this interview, Horn and Moesta describe why raising standards, being more rigorous, and moving to a mastery-based learning system would be a positive for colleges.

What We Learned From 2U’s Earnings Call
 Aleksandar (Sasha) Tomic, The EvoLLLution
‘Uncomfortable Conversations’
Matthew Dembicki, Community College Daily
Study Minimizes Impact of Free Community College
Madeline St. Amour, Inside Higher Ed
The Biggest Bargains Among U.S. Colleges
Alexa St. John, The Wall Street Journal
Quality Counts 2019
Education Week
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