Top stories in higher ed for Wednesday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
September 18, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
‘Moving Up Without Losing Your Way’
Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed
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Jennifer M. Morton relies in part on personal experience for her book, Moving Up Without Losing Your Way: The Ethical Costs of Upward Mobility. She writes of growing up in Peru and how unlikely it was for her to land at Princeton University.

As associate professor of philosophy at City College and the Graduate Center of City University of New York, Morton considers the issues involved with nurturing low-income, disadvantaged students through higher education.

Jamie Merisotis
Adopting an Entrepreneurial Mindset: Community Colleges Facing a New Fiscal Norm
The EvoLLLution
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Community colleges are a crucial component of the nation’s postsecondary options, serving some of the highest need populations and doing so in an era of declining financial support. 

In this interview, Gregory Thomas of City Colleges of Chicago reflects on the new fiscal norm facing community colleges, as well as the entrepreneurial mindset some are adopting to create more opportunities for vulnerable communities. 

Jamie Merisotis
Early College Students’ Continued Success
Matthew Dembicki, Community College Daily
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Early College High Schools (ECHS) offer driven high school students academic rigor and early exposure to higher education. The programs are designed to increase opportunities for traditionally underrepresented students by allowing them to enroll in college classes for free and receive credit while still in high school.

A new report says students in ECHS programs are nearly three times as likely to earn an associate degree or certificate than their non-ECHS peers.

Jamie Merisotis
Cornell’s Medical School Offers Full Rides in Battle Over Student Debt
Adeel Hassan, The New York Times
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Doctors can be some of the highest-earning professionals in the country, but they also are among those saddled with the most student loans. In response, some prominent universities have begun using major gifts from donors to relieve doctors-to-be from having to borrow to pay tuition.

Cornell University is taking it even further. Its medical school, Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City, recently announced that all students who qualify for financial aid will get a full ride: All costs will be covered by scholarships, including tuition, room and board, books, and other educational expenses.

Emsi Skills: Creating the Language of Work
Geoff Sadow, WorkingNation
Opinion: For the Next Debate, How About Jobs and the Economy?
Winston Fisher and Jim Kessler, The Hill
Opinion: Why Some American Students Are Attending College in Mexico
Fernando León Garcia, The Hechinger Report
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