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 19, 2018
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What Adult Learners Really Need (Hint: It's Not Just Job Skills)
Anya Kamenetz, NPR
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Adult learners say they thrive on the same programs that all college students do: small seminars, capstone projects, internships, and a broad liberal arts curriculum.

New Report Sheds Light on Higher Ed’s Innovation Challenges
Tina Nazerian, EdSurge
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A new report explores the drivers and barriers to innovation at U.S. higher education institutions. Based on a survey of more than 100 U.S. academic administrators, the study reveals what an innovative culture looks like and how colleges and universities define and employ innovation.
States Use Direct Mail, Money, to Get More of Their Residents Back to College
Kelly Field, The Hechinger Report/U.S. News & World Report
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Nationwide, there are more than 35 million adults over 25 with some college credits, but no degree. The push to reach these dropouts by Mississippi and other states, including Indiana and Tennessee, reflects a growing recognition that there just aren't enough students coming out of U.S. high schools to produce the number of college graduates the nation needs.
The Good and Bad News in College Attainment Trends
Ben Miller, Center for American Progress
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Completing college is one of the best paths to lifelong economic success in this country. The good news: Millions more Americans have achieved this milestone over the last decade and Latino young adults are making impressive strides to close the gap with their white peers. 

Despite these improvements, America still ranks 10th in the world in the share of young adults who have finished college. Equity gaps are a major reason for this result, says the Center for American Progress.

Apprentice Program Serves Youth and Business
Mark Klaas, Auburn Reporter (Washington State)
Opinion: Education Is the Key to Idaho’s Future
A.J. Balukoff, Idaho State Journal
Opinion: To Succeed in Tomorrow’s Workforce, Today’s Students Need Equity-Driven Policy
José Luis Cruz and Michelle Asha Cooper, The Hechinger Report
Money Left on the Table
Center for Community College Leadership and Research
The State of Innovation in Higher Education: A Survey of Academic Administrators
The Learning House, Inc. and the Online Learning Consortium
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