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From Pews To Classes, A New Push For Higher Ed In Church

Damita Rhodie was on her way to a bachelor’s degree when she fell in love, got married, had kids, divorced, and ended up with no bachelor’s degree and no time to get one. It’s a story so common that policymakers struggle mightily to overcome it in their efforts to increase the proportion of Americans with degrees.

Yet enrollment has been going down, not up. Rhodie bucked that trend. A rare exception, she has now returned to college for a degree in social work. And her motivation came from a source as persuasive as it was unexpected: the pastor at her church.