Brief: SAP Requirements Create Barriers to Underserved Students

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SAP Requirements Create Barriers to Underserved Students “The brief examines how current SAP policies can be confusing for many students, such as those who are new to college and arrive academically underprepared, do not receive proper advising, or face unexpected life challenges. Institutions can create their own SAP requirements, but at minimum students must maintain…

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MarketWatch: Debt cancellation got all the attention, but this Biden proposal could impact student-loan borrowers more, critics and advocates say

 “When President Joe Biden announced in August that his administration planned to cancel $10,000 in federal student debt for most borrowers, Allison Daurio felt some relief. Under the White House’s debt forgiveness plan, Daurio , 29 would see about one-quarter of her student loan balance wiped away. But as she read more closely through the…

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I&O Masterpiece

This is an I&O piece written by Mad Cool. She is writing this Insights & Outlooks piece to remind you to add her as a user mcool, do not send me an email to confirm my user profile. Please add me as a team member but I am not a team member I am a…

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Born of Necessity, Emergency Student Aid Should Become Standard Operating Procedure

HLA Insights and Outlooks Born of necessity, emergency student aid should become standard operating procedure David Helene

In the wake of two years that have upended the financial and educational well-being of millions of students, emergency aid has become a watchword of the day for many higher education institutions. Once thought of as “point solutions” used by a relatively small number of colleges and universities, cash assistance programs are now increasingly commonplace…

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Embedding Equity within Indiana’s Educational Attainment Goals

HLA Insights and Outlooks Embedding Equity within Indiana's educational attainment goals Commissioner Teresa Lubbers

In early 2020, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education released its fourth strategic plan, Reaching Higher in a State of Change, which provides a vision and a blueprint focused on pathways for student success from the recent high school graduate to the returning adult—ensuring greater economic opportunity and a stronger Indiana. The Commission identified three…

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The Two-Faced Promise of Higher Education

HLA Insights and Outlooks The two-faced promise of higher education Anthony P. Carnevale and Jeff Strohl

The four-year college degree has long been the gold standard and the surest gateway to economic opportunity in the United States. But while the four-year degree provides access to the entry-level work and graduate education that lead, in turn, to the best-paying jobs, it starkly divides Americans by race. Often lauded as the great equalizer,…

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Q&A With Nicole Lynn Lewis, Founder & CEO of Generation Hope

book cover of Pregnant Girl, a story of teen motherhood, college, and creating a better future for young families by Nicole Lynn Lewis, founder of Generation Hope

Nicole Lynn Lewis is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Generation Hope, which works to surround motivated teen parents and their children with mentors, emotional support, and financial resources they need to succeed in higher ed, as well as supporting their children through school. Nicole, a former teen parent who worked while pursuing her…

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Reimagining Higher Ed for Equity and Student Parent Success

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“Was higher ed designed for minority students?”   A student asked this question during a Temple University “Sociology of Education” class I spoke to this fall about parenting college students.   My answer? “No.” The first college in the United States, Harvard University (then Harvard College), was founded in 1636, and its legacy and history are bound…

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Promoting Equity for Black Lives in Postsecondary Education

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It has been inspiring and hopeful to see higher education leaders, including those who lead large community college systems, speaking out about systemic racism against the Black community and the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and several other African Americans who became the latest victims of our country’s original sin. Some college…

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