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 12, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
I Was a Low-Income College Student. Classes Weren’t the Hard Part.
Anthony Abraham Jack, The New York Times Magazine
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We like to think that landing a coveted college spot is a golden ticket for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. We think less critically about what happens next. Anthony Abraham Jack, now a professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, lived this gap as a first-generation college student. He returned to it as a first-generation graduate student, spending two years observing campus life and interviewing more than 100 undergraduates at an elite university.

His story reveals that when you come from poverty, you need more than financial aid to succeed.

Jamie Merisotis
Collaborative Education: How Universities Can Bridge the Labor Market Skills Gap
The EvoLLLution
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Apprenticeships can offer a way to connect student learning to the real world. Though more commonly seen in community colleges, apprenticeships are gaining steam as an effective programming option at four-year institutions. 

In this interview, John LaBrie of Clark University discusses how his institution is championing the apprenticeship model.  

Jamie Merisotis
Free Textbooks, But Not for All Students
Greta Anderson, Inside Higher Ed
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The University of the Cumberlands, the liberal arts university that cut tuition in half last year, is planning another bold cost-cutting move for its students next year. It will provide 1,800 undergraduates on campus free textbook rentals.

The decision by the Christian institution in Williamsburg, Kentucky, is part of the university's continuing mission to provide an affordable private college education to in-state students and those from the Appalachian Region, which has large swaths of rural areas and pockets of extreme poverty.

Jamie Merisotis
A Faculty-Led Fund Gets Cash to Struggling Students, Fast
Rebecca Koenig, EdSurge
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The scales that measure higher education costs are usually set in thousand-dollar increments. Yet much smaller sums that would barely register for some students weigh heavily on others. Fifty dollars for an extra textbook. Twenty dollars for gas to get to campus. A couple of bucks for a snack between classes.

The FAST Fund aims to address these modest-but-burdensome expenses. The philanthropic program provides $5,000 grants to professors, who over the course of a school year give small amounts—with few questions asked—to college students with urgent financial needs.

A New Partnership Supports the Guided Pathways Movement
Sara Weissman, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Blog: "Entrepreneurial"
Matt Reed, Confessions of a Community College Dean
Blog: Higher Ed Through a Learning Innovation Lens
Edward J. Maloney and Joshua Kim, Technology and Learning
Why One Advocate Believes the Phrase ‘Go Back to School’ Needs to Go
Goldie Blumenstyk, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Will Transparency Ward Off Regulation?
Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed
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