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 27, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
Building a Brighter Future in ‘the Other California’
Focus Magazine
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California’s far-northern tier belies the state’s image as a mecca of wealth and privilege. With adult poverty rates above 20 percent, this vast rural expanse faces a host of social problems—including poor health, housing insecurity, and drug addiction. 

But community leaders across a five-county area see the path to progress, and they’ve teamed up to broaden that path for northern California residents. As one leader of North State Together points out: “It all came down to education.”

Jamie Merisotis
Examining Latinx Student Retainment in Higher Education
Andrew Mendez, KUNR
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Christopher Monzon is in a friend’s living room strumming on his guitar. One day, he hopes to return to the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) to major in music and pursue his musical passions. Several years ago, he was enrolled at UNR. By his second year, he had dropped out.

Nearly one in five students at UNR identifies as Latinx. When it comes to keeping on the path to a degree or credential, many of these students face a unique set of challenges as first-generation college goers. UNR is working to change that with several well-planned programs and practices designed to get students to and through college. 

Jamie Merisotis
Replicating CUNY’s ASAP Model in Ohio: Interview With Dr. Marcia Ballinger
Katie Beal, MDRC
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Nationwide, only 25 percent of full-time, first-time students at community colleges earn a degree within three years. To increase graduation rates for low-income community college students, the City University of New York (CUNY) launched the Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP)—a comprehensive program that provides wrap-around support services to students, including one-on-one advising, help covering transportation and book expenses, and tutoring.

The same ASAP model is being replicated at three community colleges in Ohio. In this podcast, Dr. Marcia Ballinger of Lorain County Community College talks about what it takes to scale a comprehensive program like ASAP.

Jamie Merisotis
How to Fix Education’s Racial Inequities, One Tweak at a Time
Marcella Bombardieri, The Agenda
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At Pasadena City College, small changes are adding up to big advances in achievement for minority students.

Leaders at Pasadena believe that unless professors change what they do in the classroom with a deliberate focus on racial equity, even the most well-meaning and dedicated among them will discourage students of color with subtle messages that they don’t belong, that they aren’t expected to succeed, or that they are on their own to sink or swim.

Assessing the Value of an Undergrad Degree
Lilah Burke, Inside Higher Ed
How Credential Transparency Can Drive Lifelong Learning Access and Impact
Eleni Papadakis and Marina Parr, The EvoLLLution
Will AI Really Transform Education?
Caroline Preston, The Hechinger Report
White Borrowers? Almost Paid Off. Black Borrowers? Still Indebted.
Lauren Fisher, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Undocumented Students Struggle to Afford College
Sara Weissman, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Coloradans Can Apply to College for Free This October
Casey Leins, U.S. News & World Report
How Norway Reduced the Rich-Poor Earnings Gap
Dwyer Gunn, Chicago Booth Review 
Does Performance-Based Funding Work?
Paul Basken, Times Higher Education 
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