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 21, 2017
Report: Higher Ed Must Factor in Growing Single Mother Student Population
Catherine Morris, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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Nearly 2.1 million students, or 11 percent of all undergraduates, are single mothers, the majority of whom are women of color. Close to half, or 44 percent, attend community college. Of those attending community college, 43 percent say that they are likely to drop out due to the struggle to balance caring for their family with school attendance. 

A new report from the Institute for Women's Policy Research offers insight into innovative programs and supports to facilitate college going and attainment among this growing student population. 

Is Online Learning the Future of College and Grad School?
Victoria Pasquantonio, PBS NewsHour
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As more students engage in online learning, how do we assess the experience and outcomes of online higher ed? Are the skeptics who are worried about the quality of online degrees justified?

PBS NewsHour will host a Twitter chat on online degree programs today, Sept. 21, at 1 p.m. EDT. Join in the conversation using #NewsHourChats.

Bipartisan Policy Ideas On Higher Education
Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed
The federal role in higher education has grown over the past two decades, and now, a new administration has the opportunity to strengthen policies that support students and their colleges and universities. To help inform these decisions, the Urban Institute has released a series of memos written by a bipartisan group of scholars and experts on federal higher education policy
How the Humanities Can Train Entrepreneurs
Jon Marcus, The Hechinger Report/The Atlantic
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A Canadian business program is making literature, philosophy, and the arts part of the curriculum in hopes of enhancing both fields of study—and students’ careers—in the process.

Opinion: Illinois Needs to Make Higher Education a Priority
Ralph Martire, The State Journal Register
How Generations X, Y, and Z May Change the Academic Workplace
Sarah Brown, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Opinion: Students Deserve Higher Ed Options
Richard Pappas, The Detroit News
Essay: Improving the Quality of Education
Derek Bok, Inside Higher Ed
Most Montana College Grads Find Jobs in State
Gail Schontzler, Bozeman Daily Chronicle
Student Debt and the Class of 2016
The Institute for College Access & Success
Identifying Predictors of Credential Completion Among Beginning Community College Students
American Council on Education's Center for Policy Research and Strategy