Top stories in higher ed for Wednesday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
April 11, 2018
The Next SNHU?
Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed
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With the help of education company Pearson, Maryville University is planning a rapid expansion of its online arm. Maryville Online will begin 10 new online undergraduate degrees this fall, 14 master's, and nine doctoral degrees.

The motivation behind the expansion of Maryville Online is to broaden educational opportunities for working adults while also increasing enrollment.
FOCUS for First-Generation Students
Marcie Molloy, AACC 21st Century Center
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Chesapeake College in Maryland is working to boost success rates for first-generation male students. The First-Generation student Opportunity for Career and Ultimate Success (FOCUS) program provides these students with intense exposure to academic support and career exploration activities during the first year in college, helping them either graduate or transfer to a four-year institution.

Students also develop a sense of brotherhood through the program as they learn to hold each other accountable.

Photo: Michael Stravato
As College Costs Rise, Some Texas Students Go Hungry. Will Food Scholarships Help?
Shannon Najmabadi, The Texas Tribune
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At colleges across Texas and the nation, concern has quietly mounted about a new trend: students, particularly those coming from low-income families, are going hungry. Many struggle academically as a result. Houston Community College hopes giving them healthy food will change that. 

The institution is among the first to offer a large-scale “food scholarship” program to its students—one developed specifically to help reduce students’ dropout rates.

What Works? Evidence-Based Training Programs Do
Matt Parke, WorkingNation
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Jonathan Silva, Shannon Brennan, and Taiheem Went are three individuals whose lives were changed by the non-profit organization Per Scholas and a manufacturing apprenticeship from Trident Technical College and Cummins Inc. 

Their pathways to in-demand careers in cybersecurity, information technology, and advanced manufacturing may be different, but they are united by a common thread. Each subject is gaining new skills without going the traditional route of a four-year college. 
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