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 6, 2018
Middle-Class Families Increasingly Look to Community Colleges
Kyle Spencer, The New York Times
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Community colleges have long catered to low-income students who dream of becoming the first in their families to earn a college degree. But as middle- and upper-middle-class families face college prices in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, more of them are looking for ways to spend less for quality education.

More Aid for Student Parents
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
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Older students, transfers, veterans, and student parents make up a growing proportion of today's college-going population. That latter group now comprises one in four college students.

But support from the federal government for low-income student parents has lagged, even as their numbers have grown. The omnibus spending package passed last month reversed that, marking the first new federal investment in student parents since Congress authorized the Child Care Access Means Parents in School program (CCAMPIS) in 1998.
Post-Traditional Perspectives: Understanding the Needs of Adult Learners
Laurie Quinn, The EvoLLLution
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For many adult learners, prior student loan debt and affordability stand in their way of accessing higher education. Colleges and universities can address these obstacles by recognizing transfer credits, out-of-classroom learning, and previous credentials.
Photo: Noah Berger
A Grand Plan for Public Higher Ed Is Aging. Can It Be Reinvented?
Karin Fischer, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Many observers say it's impossible to fix California's higher-education challenges without fixing its 60-year-old master plan. Some of the issues, particularly around governance, are baked into the plan itself. And the challenges facing the state, like access and completion, are so big and thorny that they can't be tackled without crafting a comprehensive, far-reaching new master plan.

Tired of Your Cubicle? Try a Trade
Kerry Hannon, The New York Times
Investing in an Automated Future
Mariel Tishma, Chief Learning Officer
Survey: D.C. Workers Don’t Feel Prepared for Artificial Intelligence
Arriana McLymore, Washington Business Journal
Blog: What If We Connected Education to the Needs of Our Economies?
Efosa Ojomo, Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation
Commentary: Businesses Can Make Sure Growth Helps Workers
Jamie Dimon, The Wall Street Journal
Blog: Fostering Data and Technology Convergence in the Talent Marketplace
Jason A. Tyszko and Amber Garrison Duncan, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
Knocking Down Walls to Improve Student Success
Steve Quis, Community College Daily
Emergency Grant Program Helps Concord Art Student Stay in School
Jessica Lilly, West Virginia Public Broadcasting
Goodwill Working to Help Dropouts
Alena Tugend, The New York Times
California Governor’s Community College Funding Proposal Creates Controversy
Sammy G. Allen, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Blog: Too Few Students Are Finishing College. Let’s Fix That
Nancy Zimpher, Rockefeller Institute of Government
Young Workers Deserve Better Training
Angela Hanks, MarketWatch
Editorial: Dreamers' Dreams
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
Opinion: The Value of Higher Education
Debbie Ford, The Journal Times
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