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.
August 1, 2018
Moving on Up? Study Finds Middle-Skill Jobs Are Not Created Equal
Matt Parke, WorkingNation
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For decades, middle-skill work offered strong economic opportunities without requiring a four-year college degree. But it’s hard for many middle-skill workers to get ahead today.

A new report finds that, contrary to conventional wisdom, different middle-skill jobs offer considerable differences in advancement potential and financial stability.  

Debates Differ on Completion Incentives
Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed
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A growing number of states are experimenting with different ways to encourage students to take more credits. In California, for example, the Legislature's recently passed budget is offering one of the largest incentives seen across the country. The new program, known as the Student Success Completion Grant, enables qualified community college students to receive a grant of up to $4,000 a year if they take 15 units or more. 

Other states, including Indiana and Nevada, are using financial incentives as part of their completion strategies. 
For Many College Students, Hunger 'Makes It Hard to Focus'
Michelle Andrews, NPR
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As students enter college this fall, many will hunger for more than knowledge. Up to half of college students in recent published studies say they either are not getting enough to eat or are worried about it.

Advocates in the education community have drawn attention to the problem in recent years, and the food pantries that have sprung up at hundreds of schools are perhaps the most visible sign. Some schools also have instituted the Swipe Out Hunger program, which allows students to donate their unused meal plan vouchers, or "swipes," to other students to use at campus dining halls or food pantries.

That's a start, say analysts studying the challenge of campus hunger, but more systemwide solutions are needed.

This Was a Car Dealership for Nearly a Century. Now It Will Be a College Classroom.
Rob Jennings, NJ.com
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Like many parts of the country, Sussex County, New Jersey, is handicapped by lack of a skilled workforce. A rural community college in Newton is taking steps to change that by launching a second campus where a historic car dealership once operated. 

Within three years, Sussex County Community College plans to offer classes for five technical programs—automotive, diesel, machine tool, welding, and culinary—that will draw an estimated 300 students to the new campus.
ODU Engineering Dean Pushes for Diversity to Combat Looming Talent Shortage
Trevor Metcalfe, The Hampton Roads Business Journal
Blog: Career-Ready High Schools
Tom Vander Ark, Vander Ark on Innovation
Opinion: How to Help Adult Students Succeed
Darcy Richardson, Education Dive
DeVos Delays Decision on Troubled Accreditor ACICS
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
Potential Merger of Two New Jersey Colleges Signals Growing Trend
Tiffany Pennamon, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Education Dept.'s Deregulation Push Gets Mixed Reviews
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
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