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 27, 2018
‘Opportunity for All’ Should Be a Reality, Not Just a Bumper Sticker
Dakota Pawlicki, Medium
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The recent Talent Hubs convening in Denver, Colorado, brought together more than 200 business and education leaders from nearly 70 communities across the country to discuss what's working in education and training after high school, including efforts to close equity gaps, map pathways, and provide non-scholarship financial supports.
A Second Chance for the Incarcerated
Christal Albrecht and Daniel J. Phelan, Community College Daily
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More than 600,000 people are released from state and federal prisons each year. Most do not have the training needed to avoid reoffending or to obtain solid, living-wage jobs. 

Community colleges have an important role to play in not only providing people in prison with an education but removing obstacles that lower enrollment.

Can Homer Attract Veterans to College?
Kirk Carapezza, On Campus Radio
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By 2020, more than five million post-9/11 military members are expected to transition to civilian life. Many will go back to college, hoping to earn a degree as adult learners. Today, only 4 percent of undergraduates in this country are veterans. To engage them, Vermont's flagship campus is turning to an unlikely, ancient Greek source: Homer.
The Truth About Test-Optional Policies: ‘There’s Not Just One Truth’
Eric Hoover, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Are test-optional policies a good idea? A new report bolsters the case that such policies, in tandem with other strategies, can help colleges enhance diversity without jeopardizing academic quality.

An 'Infinite' Plan for Higher Ed: Q&A With ASU President Michael Crow
Emily Tate, EdScoop
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Michael Crow, president of Arizona State University (ASU), has earned a reputation in higher education as something of a visionary when it comes to technology and innovation. In this interview, Crow discusses ASU's holistic approach to inventing a new kind of university.
What Community College Leaders Think About Enrollment, Completion, Presidential Pipeline and More
Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed
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Enrollment concerns and finances remain the biggest challenges community college presidents say they face.

And those challenges have two-year college leaders not only concerned for their students and institutions but worried about the future of the community college presidency as the sector faces increasing pressures to improve work-force outcomes and completion,
Commentary: Five Lessons From the Amazon HQ2 Frenzy
Aaron Renn, Governing States and Localities 
Food Insecurity: Colleges Step Up When Federal Funds, Social Programs Fall Short
Joelle Fredman, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
New Program Targets First-Gen College Students
Ashley Hiruko, Lynden Tribune
Defining Access: How Test-Optional Works
National Association for College Admission Counseling
College and Career Readiness
George W. Bush Institute
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