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Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
September 12, 2017
A Simple Way to Bring Down College-Application Costs
James S. Murphy, The Atlantic
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Applying to college is expensive and complex. While many wealthy families pay private counselors thousands of dollars to help them navigate the process, the relatively small fees that many low-income and first generation students encounter can lead them to delay applications, send off scores that are not their best, or even not apply at all. 

Allowing students to report their own standardized-test scores could ease some of the financial burden of the college-application process.

How Can a ‘Sanctuary School’ Protect Its DACA Students?
Kenya Downs, PRI
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As an undergraduate student at Pomona College in Claremont, California, in 2016, Xavier Maciel created a database of universities nationwide that pledge sanctuary support for undocumented students. With DACA ending, he says, many of those schools are now looking to put their pledges into action.

Liberal-Arts Colleges Should Take Initiative in Defining Themselves, Survey Suggests
Liam Adams, The Chronicle of Higher Education
As colleges increasingly are pressured to focus their marketing on their students’ getting jobs, liberal-arts colleges may face an extra challenge: the very phrase "liberal arts."
Connecticut’s Low-Cost Program for College Commuters a ‘Game Changer’
Brian Zahn, New Haven Register
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Students at many Connecticut universities no longer need to take a detour when faced with financial roadblocks presented by commuting. Starting this semester, full-time and part-time students at many of the state's colleges and universities can claim a U-Pass, which provides rides on all local buses.

Opinion: College Still the Path to Prosperity
Mark Finley, The Detroit News
Opinion: Counting DACA Students
Jill Barshay, The Hechinger Report
Under the Hood: Learning Design Behind Georgia Tech’s Degrees at Scale
Shabana Figueroa and Yakut Gazi, The EvoLLLution
From 'Dream Jobs' to Bussing Tables Again
Alana Semuels, The Atlantic
Students Get Tuition Aid for a Piece of Their Future
Jillian Berman, The Wall Street Journal