Top stories in higher ed for Monday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
August 6, 2018
California’s Online Community College Will Break New Ground in Higher Ed
Nico Savidge, EdSource
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California's new online community college will represent a new vision for higher education when it launches next year. 

The fully online institution draws from a variety of sources, including public universities' online degree programs, corporate worker training initiatives, and programs at for-profit colleges. California plans to blend these existing influences to create something without precedent: a statewide, online-only public college focused on short, career-oriented certificates.

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Colleges and Universities Woo Once-Overlooked Transfer Students
Alina Tugend, The New York Times
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Transfer students—whose challenges have often been ignored in higher education—are feeling a surge in popularity as colleges and universities are increasingly wooing them.

For example, more and more universities now have articulation agreements with community colleges that explain and align credits needed for a specific academic program or degree. They also are offering "success coaches" and advisers who concentrate largely on easing the way for transfer students and creating clearer and more transparent information online. And some institutions are providing full-tuition scholarships for transfer students, something not available in the past.

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The iGen Shift: Colleges Are Changing to Reach the Next Generation
Laura Pappano, The New York Times
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The next generation of students is driving changes in the way schools serve and educate them.

They are forcing course makeovers, spurring increased investments in mental health—from more counselors and wellness messages to campaigns drawing students to nature (hug a tree, take a break to look at insects)—and pushing academics to be more hands-on and job-relevant.

Program Gives Prisoners a Second Chance Through College
Briana Vannozzi, NJTV News
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"Student" isn’t a title that Rutgers University undergraduate Boris Franklin envisioned for himself. He’s working toward a psychology degree after serving an 11-year stint in prison for a deadly drug deal.

The New Jersey Scholarship and Transformative Education in Prisons Consortium (NJ-STEP) is responsible for putting Franklin on this current path. The effort helps incarcerated New Jersey residents gain college credits while in prison and assists in their transition to college life upon release into the community.

Recent Graduates Lack Soft Skills, New Study Reports
Sarah Wood, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Essay: College Readiness Courses and Workforce Development
Elisabeth Barnett, Jennifer Zinth, and John Squires, Inside Higher Ed
Florida Students Get Boost From Bright Futures Changes
Lloyd Dunkelberger, Daily Commercial
First Group Graduates From College's Equity Institute
Kera Wanielista, Skagit Valley Herald 
NDNU a Place to ‘Do Good and Do Well’ for Bay Area Students
Tiffany Pennamon, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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