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Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
April 18, 2018
Clear as Mud: Finding Ways to Improve Upon the College Transcript
Helen Chen and Thomas Black, The EvoLLLution
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Rather than trying to force all learners into a one-size-fits-all college transcript that minimally serves the needs of students, employers, or institutions, new and more flexible approaches must be found to record and convey student learning and skills. 
It Matters a Lot Who Teaches Introductory Courses. Here’s Why.
Beckie Supiano, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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The first professor whom college students encounter in a discipline is likely to play a big role in whether they continue in it.

But on many campuses, teaching introductory courses typically falls to less-experienced instructors. Sometimes the task is assigned to instructors whose very connection to the college is tenuous. A growing body of evidence suggests that this tension could have negative consequences for students. 

Ed Tech and Job Training
Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed
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The tone appears to have changed at ASU+GSV, the booming ed-tech and investment extravaganza held each April by Arizona State University and GSV Capital.

Predictions of doom for hidebound colleges have been less common during sessions at the conference. Instead, attendees are focused on job training and the skills gap and how providers of postsecondary education can better prepare traditional-age students and older adult learners to enter the workforce and then change jobs and careers many times.

Financial Literacy Can Hold Key to College Success
Melissa Fries, EdSource
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There are many reasons low-income students may fail to secure a college degree. This includes attending a school they can't afford or needing to take a job to pay for college while in school. Financial guidance, both leading up to college decisions and once students are on campus, can be a powerful tool to help students choose the right financial fit and stay in college and obtain a degree or credential. 
Getting Ready to Work in Alabama
AACC 21st Century Center
Opinion: A High-Paying Job? Go to App Boot Camp.
Tina Rosenberg, The New York Times
Blog: Work: Opportunity or Penalty?
Mary Gardner Clagett, Jobs for the Future
Supporting the Entry of Older Adult Students Into College Classrooms
Quintana Clark and Levon T. Esters, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Blog: Financial Aid and Adult Students: The Elephant in the Room
Laurie ShoulterKarall, Council for Adult and Experiential Learning 
Minority Groups Still Face College Barriers
Tom James, The Bellingham Herald (Oregon)
California Bill Would Help More Foster Youth Claim Financial Aid
Troy Farah, The Chronicle of Social Change
McPhail Rallies Around College Access
Jamal Watson, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Hard Work and Soft Skills
American Enterprise Institute
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