Top stories in higher ed for Tuesday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
April 16, 2019
Personalized Outreach to Students Boosts Summer Enrollment
Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed
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Some Ohio community colleges have found that adding a personal touch to email messages and other correspondence sent to students has helped increase attendance in summer courses.

The colleges are part of an ongoing study project to encourage students to take summer courses in the hopes of helping them complete college. The Encouraging Additional Summer Enrollment, or EASE, study is being conducted by MDRC.
Jamie Merisotis
Pitching for Change: Early-Stage Companies Seek Social Impact, Investors
Tracy Chen, Medium
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A two-day event in San Francisco is giving more than a dozen early-stage companies the opportunity to meet with potential investors to pitch their products in a "Demo Day" of new ideas and services to advance educational attainment. 

The companies presented a wide range of digital tools, educational platforms, career training programs, and other solutions designed to connect underserved students with the information, resources, and support they need to obtain in-demand skills and quality credentials. 

Jamie Merisotis
A Big DEAL for Little Rhode Island
Meghan Hughes and Julian Alssid, The EvoLLLution
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Rhode Island is now home to one of the most significant experiments to align education and workforce development. The key players in this experiment: Infosys and the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI).

The collaboration involves the creation of the Digital Economy Aspirations Labs (DEAL) and a space for CCRI students to learn, to be curious, to explore, and to have access to new technology and new ways of working with that technology. The effort is expected to transform how employers perceive community colleges and set a model for the nation. 

How One Small College Helps Its Students Find 'Purposeful Work'
Natalie Schwartz, Education Dive
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In 2013, Bates College launched an effort called Purposeful Work to help the institution's some 2,000 students pinpoint their strengths and use them to shape career trajectories.

In this interview, Bates President Clayton Spencer discusses the connection between finding purpose in work and the college experience, as well as the future of the liberal arts. 
This Coding Boot Camp Is Free—as Long as You Pay Later
Caroyln Said, San Francisco Chronicle
Reimagining the Student Onboarding Experience Through Collaboration
Jason Krall and Liz McClintock, eCampus News
Rethinking Federal Lending to Parents
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
Degrees Help Grads With Job Goals
Stacey Hewitt, Odessa American
Study Planned on First-Generation Students
Ellie Ashford, Community College Daily
AACC Annual Convention Shines a Spotlight on the Value of Community Colleges
Tiffany Pennamon, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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