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 17, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
Colleges Could Do More to Help Student Parents Pay for Child Care, Watchdog Says
Elissa Nadworny, NPR
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When Lesley Del Rio goes to the library to do her college math homework, she often has a study buddy: her son, Leo.

Del Rio is working on her associate degree; Leo is working on third grade.

Del Rio is far from alone. More than 1 in 5 college students in the United States are raising kids, and access to child care is one of their biggest barriers. A new report finds many don't know they can apply for help from federal financial aid.

Jamie Merisotis
Survey: Non-Tuition Expenses Hinder California College Students
Ashley A. Smith, EdSource
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California college students say paying the total cost of college is an obstacle to graduating because of inadequate financial aid.

But a new survey says it’s the non-tuition costs—such as those for textbooks, housing, and food—creating the biggest roadblocks to pursuing higher education in the state’s colleges and universities.

Jamie Merisotis
Why Finding Out How Much a College Costs Is Harder Than It Looks
Jon Marcus, The Hechinger Report/PBS NewsHour
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As an alternative to regulating institutions with high costs and poor results, the federal government is pushing to make college costs, outcomes, and other information more accessible. 

But some of the information being made available through or linked from the College Scorecard, the principal federal higher education consumer website, is inaccessible, inaccurate, or out of date. Much is provided directly by colleges and universities themselves, with few checks on whether it’s correct. 

Jamie Merisotis
Flagships Are Rolling Out New Need-Based Aid Programs for Low-Income Students. Why Now?
Kathryn Palmer, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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When the University of Arizona announced a pledge last week to cover the full tuition costs for Pell Grant-eligible students next fall, it joined a wave of need-based-aid programs that are available at other public flagship universities.

College affordability and access have long been a concern of policy makers and education activists, and research shows that many flagships have priced out low-income students. In recent years, however, tackling those concerns has become a greater priority of high-profile politicians as well as a handful of the nation’s top public universities.

The Workforce-Education Puzzle
Gary Beach, The Wall Street Journal
Arizona State Moves on From Global Freshman Academy
Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed
Using Technology to Make College More Accessible for Veterans
Janet Kline, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Delivering More Than Meals
Kristen Huyck, AACC 21st Century Center
Economists Find Free Community College Can Backfire
Jill Barshay, The Hechinger Report
Opinion: Arizona Needs to Increase Student Success for the Other Half
Dr. Chad Gestson, Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick, Chris Camacho, and Eileen Klein, Arizona Capitol Times
Rethinking Reentry
American Enterprise Institute
An Initial Look at the Obstacles Students Face Affording Higher Education
California Student Aid Commission and Mathematica
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