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 19, 2018
College Rankings Need More Focus on Graduation Rates of Low-Income Students
Bridget Burns, The Washington Post
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This time of year always brings a robust debate over college rankings—which ones matter most, and whether to trust what they value. Too often, rankings have asked America’s college and university leaders to face the tough choice of investing in students from low-income families or weeding them out in a quest for prestige.

As a nation, we need to know which colleges are serving low-income students well. The goal should not be to praise or shame, but to find out what's working and then replicate it.
Construction Camp Teaches Young Girls Independence and New Skills
NBC News
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Aleeya Coleman is learning how to swing a hammer and wield a chop saw. She's gaining experience in construction as part of "Girls Build," a program that teaches young girls construction skills in 20 different hands-on workshops.

When girls learn construction skills, they gain confidence, say the female founders of these three all-girls summer camps. For some girls, the experience could even spark interest of a future career in an industry struggling to find qualified workers.

Oakland Councilmember Says Tiny Homes Are One Answer to Student Homelessness
Jonathan Bloom, NBC Bay Area
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Roughly 14 percent of Laney College students self-identify as housing insecure or homeless. This includes many who couch surf or sleep in their cars. 

One Oakland City Councilmember believes tiny homes could provide a stopgap until permanent affordable housing is built. 

All-In Milwaukee, a New Charity, Plans to Guide Low-Income Students Through College
Erin Richards, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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A new Milwaukee nonprofit wants to fill a critical gap in the city's education landscape: the lack of support for low-income students to get through college and graduate.

All-In Milwaukee aims to recruit ambitious, economically disadvantaged graduating seniors and match them with individual and corporate donors who want to sponsor a student for four years. The total cost for each student: $25,000. Most of that donation is pure scholarship. The other portion pays for something just as critical: professional advisers from All-In Milwaukee who coach the students through four years of college.
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Sarah Gonser, The Hechinger Report
It’s Time for Colleges to Stop Overlooking Hispanic Adults
Goldie Blumenstyk, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Opinion: TRIO Programs: Paving the Way for Diverse Students in Higher Education
Mercedes Terrazas, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Summer Gains in Alamo
Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed
Conversations Continue on the State of Free College
Tiffany Pennamon, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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