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Cover of book: The Merit Myth
Federal Policy
The Merit Myth

How Our Colleges Favor the Rich and Divide America

May 26, 2020
The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce presents a framework for system-wide change with policy recommendations including: End the overreliance on the SAT and ACT, since GPA has been shown to be a better predictor of academic success Halt legacy admissions, as they do no more than perpetuate the insularity of selective colleges Require…
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Work and Learning
Embedding Certifications into Bachelor’s Degrees Could Improve Transitions into the Labor Market

An interview with Karen Elzey of Workcred

May 25, 2020
There’s a growing interest in embedding industry- recognized certifications into college and university degree programs. Workcred is working on a Lumina- supported project with the goal of improving students’ transition from college to the labor market.
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Federal Policy
Lumina Public Comment regarding the Distance Education Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM)

RE: Docket ID ED–2018–OPE–0076

May 7, 2020
Lumina's public comment regarding the Distance Education Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to amend the general, establishing eligibility, maintaining eligibility, and losing eligibility sections of the Institutional Eligibility regulations issued under the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), related to distance education and innovation.
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Student Veterans
How College Enrollment Contracts Limit Students’ Rights

VA Urged to End Restrictive Higher-Ed Enrollment Contracts

April 27, 2020
When students go to college, they are confronted with a flurry of paperwork—applications, financial aid forms, housing forms, and so on—all of which seems pretty routine. Increasingly, however, some schools have been including an additional form hidden in that stack of innocuous documents that is quite unlike the others: an enrollment contract.
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Research and Evaluation
Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis, Part II

A New Survey of College and University Presidents

April 27, 2020
A new survey from Inside Higher Ed highlights the top concerns of college leaders in the face of the coronavirus: Among their worries: the impact of the pandemic on vulnerable students, uncertainty about the future, flexibility on regulatory limitations regarding remote learning, and potential budgetary challenges.   
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Credentials
Kentucky’s Progress Toward Postsecondary & Adult Education Strategic Agenda Goals
April 24, 2020
Kentucky is on track to reach its 60x30 educational attainment goal. In 2018-19, the total number of undergraduate degrees and credentials (public and AIKCU) increased 3.5% over the prior year. An average annual increase of 1.7% is needed.
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Work and Learning
COVID-19 Work and Education Survey
April 23, 2020
When faced with an economic crisis, Americans historically turn to education as a way to meet the challenge and prepare for the future. But COVID-19 has disrupted scenario, says a survey from Strada Education Network. So far, the number of people who intend to pursue more education or training as a path forward has not…
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Student Supports
Hungry to Win

A First Look at Food and Housing Insecurity Among Student-Athletes

April 23, 2020
A new survey from The Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice documents incidents of food and housing insecurity, even homelessness, among student-athletes. Two-year college athletes are more likely to experience food insecurity and homelessness than athletes at four-year colleges and universities, the survey says. More than 3,506 student-athletes participated in the survey.
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Work and Learning
Virtual Internship Statistics and Trends 

A 2020 COVID-19 Impact Report

April 21, 2020
A survey of current college students unveils how employers are altering their internship programs in light of the global pandemic. This report from Yello suggests that 35 percent of students who had already accepted a 2020 summer internship learned that it will now be canceled, while 24 percent were informed that their internship is going…
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Student Supports
Should Colleges Invest in Machine Learning?

Comparing the Predictive Powers of Early Momentum Metrics and Machine Learning for Community College Credential Completion

April 21, 2020
A study from the Community College Research Center compares the out-of-sample predictive power of early momentum metrics with that of metrics from machine-learning-based models that employ approximately 500 predictors for community college credential completion.
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