Top stories in higher ed for Wednesday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
April 25, 2018
For Rural Colleges, Good Vocational Teachers Are Hard to Find
Matt Krupnick, The Hechinger Report/PBS NewsHour
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Rural colleges have always had difficulty attracting instructors in most disciplines, but the outlook is particularly bleak in vocational programs. Nurses or electricians can make far more in the private sector than a college can pay them to teach, and being in remote locations with fewer experienced workers to tap as instructors doesn’t help.

That leads to a skilled worker shortage and trouble for the schools and local businesses.

Maybe Not So 'High Impact'?
Marjorie Valbrun, Inside Higher Ed
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“High-impact” educational practices widely promoted and adopted to improve learning by college and university students and increase graduation rates have not led to those expected outcomes, according to new research in The Journal of Higher Education.

 
Will Paying Off Small Bills Keep Seniors in School? Iowa State Officials Giving It a Shot.
Kathy A. Bolten, Des Moines Register
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Unexpected financial hardships can often derail college students from completing their degree. Iowa State University's new completion grant program aims to help these students stay enrolled and get to graduation by providing funds to cover modest financial shortfalls. 
Campus Food Pantries Proliferate
Associated Press
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For a growing number of colleges and universities, free food pantries are becoming nearly as common as the campus bookstore.  

Earlier this year, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced plans to require food pantries at all 64 institutions in the State University of New York system. In California, Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown in 2017 signed a law allocating $7.5 million to fight campus hunger-not only for pantries, but also for other approaches, such as helping with access to public benefits programs.

Early Hands-On Experiences Key to Producing Talented Workers, Experts Say
Hayleigh Colombo, Indianapolis Business Journal
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