Top stories in higher ed for Thursday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
August 2, 2018
Reading, Writing, and Arguing: Can a Summer of Big Questions Push Students to College?
Matt Krupnick, The Hechinger Report
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Roosevelt Montás, who spoke no English when he arrived in New York City at age 12 from the Dominican Republic, leads Columbia University’s Freedom and Citizenship summer program for New York City high school students. It’s aimed at introducing promising minority, immigrant, and low-income New York City teens to an intense, high-brow college life that few in their families or neighborhoods have experienced.

Unlike programs at other colleges and universities, the curriculum focuses on major Western philosophical thinkers and writers via a “great books” program that Montás, who directs Columbia’s Center for the Core Curriculum, considers critical to students’ intellectual development. Montás believes core studies create a more equal playing field for underrepresented students by exposing them to big questions about human experience that they might not encounter otherwise.

How One College Is Raising Part-Time Student Retention
Autumn A. Arnett, Education Dive
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Bunker Hill Community College in Boston, Massachusetts, has added a new twist in its approach to learning communities: part-time students.

While the learning community model can be found at numerous colleges and universities across the country, Bunker Hill has adapted it in an unusual fashion, especially in the choice to emphasize serving part-time students. The college’s leaders believe they have developed an affordable way to improve the low retention rates of their part-time students—by offering some key elements of a traditional college experience to students who often don’t get to enjoy those resources.

Helping College Student-Parents in Houston
Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed
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Like millions of students across the country, Kylie Moss, a 21-year-old mechanical engineering major at the University of Houston, is also a parent. And on-campus childcare providers like the one at the university enable Moss and students like her to go to college and hopefully complete her studies and earn a degree.

On-campus childcare isn't just convenient for Moss and many other student-parents; it's also affordable. More than 70 percent of the university's student-parents are enrolled in some form of childcare program subsidized through tuition assistance, the majority of which is from the federal Child Care Access Means Parents in School program (CCAMPIS).

The program provides grants to colleges that support childcare on campus and helps about 5,000 student-parents nationwide, although that number is expected to increase with increased funding.

Why Silicon Valley Is Teaming Up With San Quentin to Train Young People to Code
Jessica Guynn and Megan Diskin, USA Today
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Inside an aging brick facility surrounded by a chain-link fence and agricultural fields, 14 young people convicted of violent crimes are trying to program a better future for themselves.

For the past two months, they’ve been learning to write code through The Last Mile, a first-of-its-kind pilot program at the Ventura Youth Correctional Facility in Camarillo, California. Participants are looking to break the streets-to-prison cycle by picking up new skills like JavaScript, HTML, and CSS that can lead to high-paying jobs after they’re released.

As part of the program, they are mentored by an unlikely crew: inmates at San Quentin State Prison who righted their own lives by learning to code. Now, once or twice a month, they coach young people to do the same over Skype.

What Is Career and Technical Education, Anyway?
Catherine Gewertz, Education Week
Mentor-Connect Helps Improve Technician Education Programs
Madeline Patton, AACC 21st Century Center
Cracking the Code on First-Gen College Student Success
Nicole Freeling, University of California
Report: Gainful Employment Repeal Would Cost $4.7B
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
Perkins Bill Is in the Books
Matthew Dembicki, Community College Daily
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