When a college degree is no longer a ticket to the middle class

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trillion, according to the Federal Reserve, compared with less than $250 billion in 2003. Higher Ed K-12 News Data and research Graduation and dropouts Higher education access Higher education affordability Higher education completion online learning STEM teachersThe labor market value of a college degree has softened, stirring concern that a bachelor’s is no longer a gateway to the middle class. Photo: Kate Flock for The Hechinger Report.

Minnesota has a persistent higher-ed gap: Are new efforts making a difference?

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Though some programs have helped lower dropout rates and improved graduation rates for students of color, the gap in the percentage of students finishing a degree has barely budged across the 30 community colleges in the Minnesota State Colleges and University system. That money was part of more than $4 million that Minnesota State allocated in performance-based funding in 2019 to colleges that exceeded their expected outcomes for all students, and for students of color, in particular.

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OPINION: Why Black student parents are at the epicenter of the student debt crisis — and what we can do about it

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When I graduated with a bachelor’s degree from William & Mary in 2003, I desperately needed a job. Generation Hope scholar alumna Lakeya and her two sons celebrating her graduation from Towson University in May 2019.

Colleges are using big data to track students in an effort to boost graduation rates, but it comes at a cost

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For an absurd example, if dropouts tended to take classes on Thursdays in their first semester at college, but students who completed their degrees didn’t, then you might worry about current students who are currently taking classes on Thursdays. The dropout problem got a lot worse in the 1990s when more people started attending college. Georgia State’s student newspaper, The Signal, devoted a special April 2019 issue to how administrators were monitoring student data.