Top stories in higher ed for Friday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
April 20, 2018
Photo: Vivian Shih
100 Top Colleges Vow to Enroll More Low-Income Students
Elissa Nadworny, NPR
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Research shows that just 3 percent of high-achieving, low-income students attend America's most selective colleges. It's not that these students just aren't there; every year tens of thousands of top students who don't come from wealthy families never even apply to elite colleges.

Universities are taking note, banding together in an initiative to recruit and graduate 50,000 more low-income students by 2025. Four college presidents discuss what it will take to get there.

Adults Reconnect in Tenn.
Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed
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Tennessee is expanding its tuition-free scholarship program beyond traditional-age college students with Tennessee Reconnect and gets a larger than anticipated response from adult workers. 

Tennessee isn't alone in trying to eliminate tuition for adult learners. The State Higher Education Executive Officers Association, with support from Lumina Foundation, is helping five other states develop pilot Promise programs aimed at adult students.
Rockwell and ManpowerGroup Collaborate to Train Veterans for High-Tech Jobs
Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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In the U.S. Air Force, Chris Morin worked on a team that had the keys to nuclear weapons. But in the civilian world, his technical skills didn’t get as much respect.

That changed recently when Morin and 22 other U.S. military veterans enrolled in a program that aims to get veterans into high-skill technical jobs where there's a serious worker shortage.
Second Chance Cities: Local Efforts to Promote Re-Entry Success
Betsy Pearl and Lea Hunter, Center for American Progress
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More than 625,000 Americans are released annually from prison, and nearly 11 million more cycle through local jails. But for many formerly incarcerated individuals, a past mistake can create a lifetime of barriers to opportunity.

Through a range of evidence-based approaches, including those that focus on supportive services, vocational training, and career preparation, mayors in various cities are taking crucial steps toward ensuring that all justice-involved residents get a second chance. 

Summit Explores Higher Education Governance Models
Jessica Dyer, Albuquerque Journal
What We Are Learning About Guided Pathways
Community College Research Center
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