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 15, 2018
A Pipeline for Future Educators
AACC 21st Century Center
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A partnership between Polk State College and Polk County Public Schools (PCPS) in Florida will lead to a pathway from high school to college to employment for aspiring educators. This new pathway program also addresses the statewide teacher shortage.

The Establishing Leaders in Teacher Education (ELITE) program enables students to earn associate degrees while in high school and seamlessly transition into Polk State’s Education baccalaureate program. Graduates will be immediately eligible to teach with Polk County Public Schools.

Salt Lake Community College's Promise Initiative Extends 'Life-Altering' Tuition and Fee Waivers
Marjorie Cortez, Deseret News
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The Salt Lake Community College Promise initiative is inching closer to the dream of a free community college experience for Utah students who agree to take a full academic load and meet income guidelines.

Now in its third year, the program helps make college more affordable and accessible by waiving tuition and fees of qualifying resident students. The program fills in where federal financial aid falls short.
More Pressure on Accreditors in Changing Higher Ed Landscape
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
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When Grand Canyon University's accreditor, the Higher Learning Commission, said in 2017 that it would adopt new guidelines governing outsourcing of various university functions, Grand Canyon jumped at an opportunity to pursue a corporate restructuring that allowed it to operate as a nonprofit entity. The change also meant fewer federal regulatory burdens for the company.

The role of college oversight bodies is in the spotlight as more large for-profit institutions look to reclassify as nonprofits.
Ready-to-Work Cyber-Security Employees
Madeline Patton, Community College Daily
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Since graduating from Illinois Central College in December 2017 with associate degrees in secure software development, Khabran Peters and Branson Moreno have been working full time as software developers at ISHPI Information Technologies. It is the cyber-services company where they began working as apprentices in 2016.

Seamless continuity between what the students learn in the classroom and the skills that companies expect of employees is built into the apprenticeship program developed by the Community Initiative Center of Excellence for Secure Software in Greater Peoria. The high level of collaboration between the employers and the college is another hallmark of the effort, particularly the employers' development of "core" courses.

Can This Tiny Career College Really Become ‘America’s Workforce Partner’?
Goldie Blumenstyk, The Chronicle of Higher Education
A New Law Just Built a Bridge Over America’s Skills Gap
Raja Krishnamoorthi and Jennifer Ryan Crozier, The Hill
Workforce Development in Alabama
Reshad Hudson, CBS42
The STEM Advantage
American Association of Community Colleges
Streaming Textbooks: Changing the Game
Dale Dawes and Janelle L. Williams, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Making (Internet) Connections
Kristen Huyck, AACC 21st Century Center
UW to Partner With the State to Create Scholarships
Tennessee Watson, Wyoming Public Radio
Drivers of the Rising Price of a College Education
Midwestern Higher Education Compact
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