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 9, 2018
Report: Most Transfer Students Leave College Without Two-Year Degree
Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed
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A new report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center shows that only 60,000 students out of more than one million who started their educations at two-year institutions transferred to another college after receiving a certificate or associate's degree.

The report also found that more than 350,000 community college students transferred to another institution without getting a degree.

To improve these outcomes, the research suggests that hundreds of thousands of community college transfer students could benefit from reverse transfer programs that help them complete associate's degrees they've earned.
AI Can Now Tell Your Boss What Skills You Lack—and How You Can Get Them
Elizabeth Woyk, MIT Technology Review
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Here’s the conundrum with corporate online learning: there are so many classes available from sites such as Coursera, edX, and Udacity that companies don’t know what content to offer their employees. And once companies do choose a learning program, it’s tough for them to figure out what skills their employees pick up and to what degree they’ve mastered them. They need an objective metric to evaluate proficiency.

A new AI-powered tool developed by Coursera aims to be that metric. 

What Can Graduates Expect If They Earn EVSC's New Work Ethic Certificate?
Megan Erbacher, Evansville Courier & Press
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Evansville Vanderburgh School Corp. seniors can now earn a new certificate that guarantees them eight job interviews post-graduation or eligibility for a college scholarship.

The goal of the district’s new Governor's Work Ethic Certificate—a customized version of the Indiana Governor’s Work Ethic Certificate—is to help seniors identify, develop, and demonstrate necessary skills to be successful whether they go to college or start a career.

Report Details Wide Latino, White College-Attainment Gaps in Colorado
LaMont Jones, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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Colorado is the second most-educated state in the nation. Fifty-six percent of adults have a high-quality certificate, associate's degree, bachelor's degree, or higher. Yet, Latinos are not sharing equally in the good fortune.

According to a new report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, only 19 percent of Latinos who enrolled in a Colorado public college earn a bachelor's degree compared to 39 percent of Whites.  
Entrepreneur Strives to Enable, Not Disrupt, Higher Ed
Doug Lederman and Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed
California Groups Call for 2030 Attainment Goal
Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed
Lawmakers Hear About Need for a Skilled Workforce
Kevin Tustin, The Delaware County Daily Times
Meaningful Transparency
Doug Lederman, Academic Minute
Rocky Mountain Divide: Lifting Latinos and Closing Equity Gaps in Colorado
Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce
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