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Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
September 7, 2018
Reports: Free College Programs Don't Benefit Low-Income Students
Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed
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Tuition-free college programs enjoy wide public and political support, and their popularity is growing. But two new reports released recently indicate that some programs do not guarantee the no-cost education promised to low-income students.
What Is Missing From Our Curricula?
Katrina Stevens and Matt Greenfield, EdSurge
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While many school districts tout a focus on college and career readiness, most educators believe there is a meaningful distinction between CTE and college preparatory education. Reinforcing that distinction, however, divides and impoverishes both.

Work-based learning can be a valuable solution to bridge this divide and enrich student learning. At its best, work-based learning integrates academics with real-world application of knowledge and skills to provide paths to educational and career advancement, while also building students’ professional networks and employers’ talent pipelines.

First-Generation Students
The Chronicle of Higher Education
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College can be disorienting for undergraduates who are the first in their family to go to college, especially those from low-income backgrounds. Higher education is experimenting with new ways to make these students feel at home on campus and ultimately succeed in college.

A collection of articles and essays from The Chronicle of Higher Education examines these efforts.

Colleges Welcome First-Year Students By Getting Them Thinking About Jobs
Jon Marcus, The Hechinger Report
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A new survey of 6,000 recent graduates found that the earlier college students had started looking for a job—and preparing for it by participating in internships and other career-related experiences—the happier they eventually were with their careers.

In response, a small but growing number of colleges and universities that, increasingly judged on graduates’ placement rates and job satisfaction, are beginning to advise students about careers before their classes even start.
The Colleges That Offer the Best Financial Futures
Douglas Belkin, The Wall Street Journal
Gen Z Is Coming to Your Office. Get Ready to Adapt.
Janet Adamy, The Wall Street Journal
Next Stop: Success
Hency Yuen-Eng, AACC 21st Century Center (New York)
House Passes Bill on Student Aid Counseling
Matthew Dembicki, Community College Daily
Expanding Students’ Networks
Frederick M. Hess, American Enterprise Institute
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