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 10, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
Higher-Ed Quality Shouldn’t Be About Elitism—It Should Be About Addressing Learning and Opportunity
Debra Humphreys, Medium
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(Note: This story has been updated.)

What defines “quality” in education after high school? What does a high-quality credential look like and for which students?  What policies do we need to protect students and assure that they have access to quality educational pathways? And, most importantly, what do quality credentials mean in the lives and careers of today’s students?

A new report provides answers, outlining key quality indicators that can help guide reforms and aid in tracking results—all with a sustained focus on equity.

Jamie Merisotis
Colleges Help Undocumented Students With Tailored Support and Perspective
Daniel C. Vock, Education Dive
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Dozens of colleges and universities have started offering services tailored to the needs of undocumented students since the Obama administration made it easier for them to go to college in the United States and get jobs under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

But the Trump administration's recent use of raids and other tactics to target undocumented immigrants—and the threat of more to come—has forced administrators to rethink the services they provide and how they offer them. 

Jamie Merisotis
Hope Center Launches Initiative on Real Price of College
Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice
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Widespread confusion over college prices makes it hard for students to earn college degrees. To help colleges better reveal and address the issue, the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice has launched a new initiative called “The Real Price of College: Improving Estimates of Demonstrated Financial Need.”

The project will help six Texas colleges and universities develop better ways to determine students’ financial need, provide more accurate estimates of cost of attendance, and improve communications related to financial need and price for students, their families, and institutional stakeholders.

Jamie Merisotis
U. of Michigan’s ‘Opportunity Hub’ Connects College, Career, and Community
Alexander C. Kafka, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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The Applebaum Internship Program, now in its second year, gives students like Jane Sheedy a taste of the real world in a dozen community and cultural nonprofits throughout Detroit. It’s run through the University of Michigan's Opportunity Hub, which offers resources to help place students, pairs them with alumni mentors, and assists them in making sense of their internships and getting ready for life after graduation through courses for academic credit. 

Participants see how their campus-developed grounding in the liberal arts, their organizational and people skills, and their self-discipline play out in the 9-to-5 arena beyond hourly gigs as a barista, waiter, or cashier.

Data-Driven Accountability
Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed
We Desperately Need a Merger Between Education and Work
Brandon Busteed, Scientific American
'The Dangers of Fluent Lectures'
Colleen Flaherty, Inside Higher Ed
Does College Really Work? Well, It Depends
Eric Hoover, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Eric Neutuch, Community College Daily
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