Top stories in higher ed for Tuesday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
August 7, 2018
The Ultimate College Teaming Up in Houston
Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed
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Colleges across the country are designing academic and career pathways, improving student transfers between institutions, or reforming how they provide remedial education—all to improve student outcomes and increase graduation rates.

In Houston, some of the region's two- and four-year institutions have taken those efforts one step further. They are partnering to create pathways across sectors as a way to improve graduation rates not just at individual colleges but throughout the entire metropolitan area.
Oklahoma City Community College Providing Food, Mentors for Students
Kathryn McNutt,
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Students returning to classes at Oklahoma City Community College this month will find a new support service: a food pantry for hungry students.

Workers are transforming a classroom in the Transportation and Technology hallway into the food pantry. The service is part of the school's strategy to boost student success. Studies show that when students are hungry, their educational attainment is significantly affected.

Battle Over Immigration Rattles Community Colleges
Scott James, The New York Times
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Skyline College's Dream Center in San Bruno, California, is one of about 40 such centers in California that assist students without legal status, helping them navigate the complexities of admissions and classes and connecting them with financial aid. 

The centers are part of an endeavor in the nation’s higher education system to help undocumented students attend classes and attain degrees. And while many of these programs have existed for years, there are concerns about pushback as the Trump administration has shifted to a “zero tolerance” policy on illegal immigration.

This is leading many colleges to develop policies, with California in the forefront, designed to thwart possible interference by the federal government.

HBCUs and PBIs Usher in New Era of Cybersecurity
Tiffany Pennamon, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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Security analyst, systems administrator or cybersecurity engineer are just a few names of the approximately 350,000 cybersecurity jobs that went unfilled last year. That number of job openings is expected to reach 3.5 million by 2021, according to a report by Cybersecurity Ventures.

As a high demand for skilled laborers in cybersecurity and information technology continues—and concerns surge about the nation’s national security—Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are stepping up to train their students for the jobs of the future.
Education a Key to Meeting Topeka’s Future Needs
Phil Anderson, The Topeka Capital-Journal
Paying for College Through Future Pay
Ashley Sloboda, The Journal Gazette
'Making Education Work for the Poor'
Emma Whitford, Inside Higher Ed
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