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.
April 4, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
A Drive for Success, a Compulsion for Caring
Bob Caylor, Focus Magazine
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Entrepreneur Helen Adeosun is a scholar and a striver, but she's spent plenty of time in the trenches. The daughter of Nigerian immigrants, Adeosun has degrees from Notre Dame and Harvard, along with wealth of work experience: as a babysitter, a nanny, a teacher, a social worker, and a home-health aide. 

All of that learning has served her well as the co-founder and CEO of CareAcademy, a Massachusetts-based firm that produces instruction for home caregivers and makes it available on mobile phones or computer tablets.

The CareAcademy lessons offer a smoother, individualized way for caregivers to meet credential requirements. The on-demand curriculum also makes training easier for employers, many of whom face a dual crunch: hiring and retaining employees in a high-turnover field at the same time an aging population propels a growing demand for their services.

Jamie Merisotis
The Student Success Movement’s Next Push: Career Services
Higher Learning Advocates
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Last month, the University Innovation Alliance (UIA) announced its next scale project involving a cohort of seven institutions teaming up to close the gap between college and the workforce.

Bridget Burns, executive director of the UIA, offers insight on the effort's student success accomplishments to date and next steps for the future.

Jamie Merisotis
Pop-Up Pantries Aim to Reduce Food Insecurity for College Students
Brandis Friedman, PBS NewsHour
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Food pantries are popping up more and more in a surprising new location: colleges and universities.  

Nationwide, research shows 25 percent of community college students experience food insecurity, compared to 20 percent of students at four-year schools.

And the rates of food insecurity are higher for Black and Hispanic students, at 57 percent and 40 percent, respectively. When the Greater Chicago Food Depository saw this growing need, it decided to partner with all seven City Colleges to offer pop-up pantries. 

Jamie Merisotis
Making Sense of the Rising Completion Rates Across Postsecondary Institutions
The EvoLLLution
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From financial challenges to credit transfer policies, a number of variables can determine whether a student will persist through a postsecondary degree program and graduate within a reasonable timeline.

In this interview, Doug Shapiro of the National Student Clearinghouse reflects on recent findings from his group's annual report and how this information can be leveraged both by institutions and policymakers.

Doing More With Data
Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed
Experts: Collaboration Needed to Diversify Tech Workforce
LaMont Jones, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Policy Toolkit for Today’s Students
Higher Learning Advocates
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