Top stories in higher ed for Monday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
April 2, 2018
Make Your Institution More Than a College, This President Says. Make It a Movement.
Goldie Blumenstyk, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Colleges need to respond to the challenges around them, says Michael J. Sorrell, president of Paul Quinn College, in Dallas. Sorrell is credited with drastically improving his school's facilities and retention rates, as well as turning its football field into an urban farm. 

Paul Quinn College also is a work college, with a new curriculum in which students solve issues they face in the real world. 
Silicon Valley Aims Its Tech at Helping Low-Income Kids Get Beyond High School
Jon Marcus, The Hechinger Report
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It's a few months before she'll graduate from Newark Memorial High School and Allison Dinsmore doesn't have a plan for what will happen after that. She says she didn't have relatives with college degrees to nudge her toward college. 

Some local entrepreneurs, backed by advisors from nearby Stanford University and elsewhere, think technology can help low-income, first-generation and racial and ethnic minority high school students by giving them a message they rarely hear: They can go to college.

Ivy League Degree: Now What?
Laura Pappano, The Hechinger Report
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Low-income students who are the first in their families to go to college now represent about 15 percent of top college enrollments. Many feel an acute pressure to succeed. Many are conflicted about whether to go for a platinum paycheck or save the world. More broadly, many are struggling to navigate one of the most difficult transitions in a modern, developed society: moving from one socioeconomic class to another.

Florida Expands Education Opportunities for Prisoners
Shawn Mulcahy, WFSU Public Media
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In an overinflated job market, finding work is difficult. For people who have served time in prison, it can be nearly impossible.

But a bill signed by Florida Gov. Rick Scott could better prepare prisoners for the job market by allowing the Florida Department of Corrections to partner with local school districts and the Florida College system to provide some prisoners with vocational training and postsecondary education.
Iowa’s Employment Problem: Too Many Jobs, Not Enough People
Shayndi Raice and Eric Morath, The Wall Street Journal
Tampa Is Learning Its Way Out of the Gap
Janelle Irwin, Tampa Bay Business Journal
Are Waiting Lists Out of Control?
Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed
Bill Aims to Help More Low-Income Georgians Pay for College
Eric Stirgus, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Colleges Have Spent Big Money on Innovation Centers. Do They Work?
Julian Wyllie, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Native Alaskans in STEM Program Work to Make Lives Better
Susan Milligan, U.S. News & World Report
The Future Is in Skilled Labor
Dana Fowle, WAGA (Georgia)
Blog: The Department of Deregulation
Jared Cameron Bass, Amy Laitinen and Clare McCann, New America
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