Top stories in higher ed for Monday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
August 20, 2018
Helping Florida Rise to 55
Carol Probstfeld, SRQ Magazine
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Florida's greatest economic resource is a population educated to match the state's workforce needs. 

To meet this challenge and develop potential solutions, the State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota, is partnering with the Florida College System and the state's Higher Education Coordinating Council for the Rise to 55 initiative. The goal is to raise the number of Florida residents who have completed some form of postsecondary education-industry certifications, two-year and four-year degrees-from 47 percent to 55 percent by 2025. A key component of Rise to 55 is getting individuals with some college classes to return and complete their higher education.
'Real World': Higher Ed Adding Practical Experience to Curriculum
Lenore Sabota, Bloomington Pantagraph
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Several colleges in Illinois are placing greater emphasis on making practical or “real-world” experiences part of their curriculum. Eureka College is designing new courses for a “capabilities-based curriculum” that will give students a mastery of specific skills sought by employers, including communication and the ability to work as a team.

At Bloomington's Illinois Wesleyan University,  a new "signature experience" is being emphasized. As part of the effort, students must complete a project with real-world application before graduation. 

For Students Teetering on the Edge Financially, Micro-Grants Help Them Finish College
Emrys Eller, The Hechinger Report
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Every semester, thousands of students drop out of college because they are a few hundred dollars short of being able to pay their bills. Many are only a few credits shy of graduation. Most are already working one or more jobs to keep up with their college costs.

Colleges like the University of North Carolina-Charlotte are stepping up with completion grants—usually around $1,000—to help many of these students over the finish line. The funds provide both a financial and emotional safety net for students. As a result, 95 percent of completion-grant recipients at UNC-Charlotte stay on track to graduation.

NYU’s Free Medical-School Tuition Could Funnel More Doctors to Primary Care
Adam Harris, The Atlantic
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The United States is on pace to have a shortage of up to 120,000 physicians by 2030. Reducing medical students' debt might help fix that. 

New York University's School of Medicine is trying to be that resolution by giving all new, future, and current students a full-tuition scholarship, financial need and merit aside. This means wealthy students and low-income students alike will receive it. 

The plan also will allow students to chase less-lucrative yet socially important fields of medicine. And if other institutions follow NYU's lead, that may help put a dent in the dearth of diversity in a field in which a little more than 8 percent of physicians are black and less than 7 percent are Latino. 
Mottet Wants CSU-Pueblo to Develop a New Vision
Anthony Mestas, The Pueblo Chieftain
Engage 100: Connecting Students Beyond the Classroom
Amy Farnum-Patronis, Florida State University News
No More Yardsticks for Accountability. Just You Do You.
Scott Carlson, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Going to College Before College
Noelle Fujii, Hawaii Business Magazine
Opinion: Higher Education Is Getting a Reboot for New Students and New Times
Ellen Neufeldt and Ellen Leher, The Virginian-Pilot
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