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 13, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
Five Lessons From Cities on Reimagining College
Bill Dureya, Politico Magazine
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An American college education remains the gold standard around the world and the surest ticket to a good-paying job in a rapidly changing workplace. But American students (and their families) know that their investment comes with an increasingly burdensome price tag, not to mention the fear that their pricey degree might not be as highly valued by potential employers.

Not surprisingly, cities are proving to be laboratories for innovative ideas about how to retool higher education to solve these challenges.

Jamie Merisotis
To Improve Student Success, This University Tried ‘Nudging’ Its Professors
Beckie Supiano, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Jeff Gold knows that showing professors how different groups of students fare in their courses can be transformative. As part of a push to raise graduation rates while closing equity gaps, the California State University system, where Gold is assistant vice chancellor for student success, has built a set of interactive dashboards that drill down to the level of the individual course.

The problem? Not many of the system’s professors were looking at the dashboards.

To change that, Cal State is trying to "nudge" professors, rather than students, to do something that might help improve graduation rates. 

Jamie Merisotis
Flagships Fail on Financial Equity
Madeline St. Amour, Inside Higher Ed
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Most public flagship universities are failing to meet the financial needs of low- and middle-income students, a new report finds, and are overly subsidizing wealthier students.

The report, from the Institute for Higher Education Policy, says only six of 50 state flagships meet an affordability benchmark for low-income students.

Jamie Merisotis
California Community Colleges Work to Solve Housing for Foster Youth
Ashley Smith, EdSource
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While California’s housing market poses problems for many college students, the challenge is particularly acute among former foster youth, as they prepare to leave the care system and enter the next chapter of their adult lives without built-in support from family.

The state’s community colleges are working to ease that transition through a variety of programs that provide financial assistance for housing, textbooks, and supplies, as well as emotional support and counseling.

Apprenticeships Continue to Grow in North Carolina
Brian Long, Community College Daily
Opinion: Fund More Investments in Non-B.A. Workers
Harry J. Holzer and Katie Spiker, The Hill
Opinion: Attracting an Educated Workforce to Baton Rouge
JR Ball, Greater Baton Rouge Business Report
Increasing College Readiness Among Hispanic Students
Madeline St. Amour, Inside Higher Ed
Report: Public Institutions Aren’t Adequately Serving Latino Students
Lois Elfman, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
What College Admissions Offices Really Want
Paul Tough, New York Times Magazine
Hiram College Takes a Broad Approach to Improvement
Rachel Abbey McCafferty, Crain's Cleveland Business
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