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 16, 2018
A New Study Shows What’s Possible for Improving Two-Year College Outcomes
Angela Rachidi, American Enterprise Institute
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For many students, the existing community college approach is not working. Reforms modeled after CUNY Start and CUNY ASAP could help change that, according to a new study conducted by MDRC.
Community Colleges Try New ‘Pathway’ to Student Success
Karin Fischer, EdSource
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California's community colleges are embarking on their most far-reaching reform to date in an effort to improve historically low rates of student graduation and transfers to four-year colleges and universities. 

Known as “Guided Pathways,” the new model emphasizes wholesale change rather than a piecemeal approach to student success. The effort asks colleges to change virtually every aspect of how they educate students, from the way they advise to their strategies for remediation and even how they schedule classes.

What’s in Store for Ed Tech? An Annual Report for Leaders Lays It Out
Beth McMurtrie, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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This year's NMC Horizon Report says that fostering a culture of innovation and cross-institutional collaboration will become priorities in higher education. This includes the use of cutting-edge technologies like mixed reality, as well as the sharing of digital courseware and other resources among institutions.

The report, from EDUCAUSE, identifies key trends, challenges, and developments in ed tech that are likely to impact teaching and learning in the next five years. The report also includes examples of institutions that are already leading the way.
Enrollment Is Down at Teacher Colleges. So They're Trying to Change
Madeline Will, Education Week
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Colleges of education are in a Catch-22: They’re needed more than ever to produce well-trained teachers as school districts struggle to fill certain positions. But fewer and fewer people are enrolling in their programs.

To address this challenge, colleges of education are repositioning themselves. They're changing their curricula to better prepare candidates, most of whom are white, to teach a diverse student population. They're also emphasizing student teaching and developing closer partnerships with school districts. 

Small Businesses Say Worker Shortage Is Biggest Challenge
Ramona Schindelheim, WorkingNation
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Small businesses are the engines that run America. They make up 99.9 percent of the 5.83 million companies in the country, employ nearly half of all workers, and, in July, hired more new employees than they have in any month in a dozen years.

Small business owners say they'd like to expand their payrolls even more if only they could find enough qualified people. Like their bigger counterparts, small businesses contend finding skilled workers is their biggest challenge to thriving and growing.
Student Spending on Course Materials Plummets
Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed
The Common Application Launches New Transfer App
LaMont Jones, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Texas Report Tackles Dual-Credit Outcomes
Dian Schaffhauser, T.H.E. Journal
Commentary: Statewide Solutions to the Employment Crisis
Tim Cook and Katie Culp, Inside INdiana Business (Indiana)
Amid Court Challenges, Here’s What Will Happen If DACA Ends
Nicole Prchal Svajlenka, Center for American Progress
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