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 16, 2017
Work-Force Training in an Anti-College Climate
Ashley Smith, Inside Higher Ed
More colleges, particularly those in the two-year sector, are feeling the pressure to prove that their institutions can deliver better work-force outcomes.
Colleges Ponder: Are Remedial Classes the Best Way to Help?
Jessica Mendoza, The Christian Science Monitor
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California State University is the latest institution to move away from non-credit remedial courses in favor of approaches intended to offer more support to struggling students and to allow them to graduate faster.

Finances a Troublesome Subject at Many HBCUs
Reginald Stuart, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
When college leaders across the nation begin rolling out their welcome mats for the coming school year, few are likely to be more anxious about the days ahead than those operating Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

Many HBCUs are facing enrollment challenges (a key source of revenue for these tuition-dependent institutions), employment competition, and shrinking support from local, state, federal, and private funders.
Serving the Students of Community Colleges: How to Build Strong Workforce Development Programs
Louis Serino, Brown Center Chalkboard
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A new publication outlines practical strategies to help community college leaders facilitate strong partnerships between their institutions and local industries.

Photo: Chad Rhym
The Human Cost of College Debt That Becomes “Purgatory”
Meredith Kolodner and Sarah Butrymowicz, The Hechinger Report/Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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DeAngelo Bowie goes to work five days a week at a pet store warehouse and stacks boxes until the work is done. On a good day, he’s out by late in the evening. On a bad day, he won’t leave until the early morning hours.

He’s trying to figure out how to parcel out his meager paycheck to pay back college loans for a degree he never finished.

11 Research Universities Start Aid Initiative
Ashley Smith, Inside Higher Ed
'Dreamers' Deadline Looms for Trump
Rafael Bernal, The Hill
A Focus On Career and Technical Education
Charles Borst, Education Week
Overcoming the Stigma of Yesterday's Voc Ed in Today's CTE
Harry J. Holzer and Sandy Baum, FutureEd
Opinion: Increase State-Level Competition to Hold Down College Costs
Jimmy Sengenberger, The Denver Post (Colorado)