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 19, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
What the Strain of Paying for College Does to Families
Meghna Chakrabarti, WBUR
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The ripple effect of student loan debt often drowns entire families in a sea of hard choices, putting financial obligations at odds with a desire to give their children a better future.  

Author Caitlin Zaloom talks about the financial and psychological toll of paying for soaring college costs in this interview. 

Jamie Merisotis
Coupling Recruitment With Retention Can Drive Up Graduation Rates
Robert Ubell, EdSurge
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One of the biggest causes for dropping out of college is money—especially as the cost of higher education rises. But that's not the only hurdle. Too often, colleges and universities have adopted a division-of-labor approach with their recruitment and retention efforts.

A more effective strategy to improve retention and graduation rates may be to concentrate less on enrollment efforts and more on the student’s life cycle.

Jamie Merisotis
Lessons From a Rural College’s ‘Turnaround,’ Before It Even Starts
Goldie Blumenstyk, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Colorado’s Fort Lewis College won a competition for colleges that are seeking help to expand enrollment and raise revenue. The real work hasn’t started yet, but other colleges can learn a few things from Fort Lewis’s experience so far.

Jamie Merisotis
New Mexico Announces Plan for Free College for State Residents
Simon Romero and Dana Goldstein, The New York Times
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In one of the boldest state-led efforts to expand access to higher education, New Mexico unveiled a plan on Wednesday to make tuition at its public colleges and universities free for all state residents, regardless of family income.

The move comes as many American families grapple with the rising cost of higher education and as discussions about free public college gain momentum in state legislatures and on the presidential debate stage. 

Why Ranking College Rankings Matters
Allan Golston, Washington Monthly
Blog: Undiscovered Talent in Unlovely Places
Matt Reed, Confessions of a Community College Dean
Scaled-Back HEA Plan Coming Soon?
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
The Long Path to a New Student Loan Repayment System
Colleen Campbell, Center for American Progress
Community College B.A. Shows Early Earnings Edge
Elizabeth Redden, Inside Higher Ed
Wanted: Teachers as Diverse as Their Students
Corey Mitchell, Education Week
The Roadmap for Racial Equity
National Skills Coalition
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