Top stories in higher ed for Tuesday
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, 2019
Streamlining the Transfer Process
Marjorie Valbrun, Inside Higher Ed
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Virginia’s largest community college and a prominent public research university have co-partnered with an educational management and student support service provider to improve academic outcomes for transfer students.

The partnership between Northern Virginia Community College, George Mason University, and InsideTrack, a company that helps higher ed institutions increase student enrollment and graduation rates, is part of a larger strategy to improve and streamline the process for students who want to transfer from NOVA to George Mason.

Jamie Merisotis
Big Businesses Are Helping Workers Reach Their Educational Goals
Jeff Ryder, WorkingNation
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For many workers, full-time employment can be an impediment to higher education. The twin challenges of time and expense often combine to stifle personal and professional growth. Fortunately, many companies now see the benefit of investing in their workers’ educational goals. Employees get valuable credentials, and employers get the skilled workforce they need. 

Recently, the temporary staffing agency ManpowerGroup began offering a General Education Diploma (GED) program to more than 30,000 workers at no personal cost. The program provides online prep courses, unlimited practice tests, and personal support so that employees can earn their diploma within weeks.

Jamie Merisotis
The Strategies Behind Rapid Enrollment Growth
Kelly Field, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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A few years ago, the University of the Cumberlands was a small residential college for low-income students from Appalachia. Then the 2008 recession hit, bringing widespread job losses to the region.

The lost income left applicants needier than ever, forcing the Christian college in Kentucky to discount tuition even more deeply than it always had. The future didn’t look much brighter, with forecasts predicting a decline in the number of high-school graduates nationwide.

To survive, Cumberlands, like many of its private-college peers, would have to find a way to raise new revenue.

A Lot of Swirling in Michigan
Matthew Dembicki, Community College Daily
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A new report on recent four-year college graduates in Michigan shows that a significant portion of them attended a community college on their way toward a bachelor's degree. And though a substantial number of students started at a community college before transferring to a four-year institution, many also took summer courses or concurrent courses at community colleges.

The U.S. Labor Shortage, Explained
Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox
What Challenges Does Georgia’s Largest University Face?
Eric Stirgus, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Essay: Unintentionally Fostering Inequality
Clara M. Lovett, Inside Higher Ed
What European Countries Sacrifice for Free College
Jason D. Delisle and Preston Cooper, American Enterprise Institute
Fight Over For-Profit Colleges’ Funding Centers on Veterans
Jesse Naranjo and Michelle Hackman, The Wall Street Journal
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Top stories in higher ed for Tuesday
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, 2019
Streamlining the Transfer Process
Marjorie Valbrun, Inside Higher Ed
SHARE:  Facebook Twitter

Virginia’s largest community college and a prominent public research university have co-partnered with an educational management and student support service provider to improve academic outcomes for transfer students.

The partnership between Northern Virginia Community College, George Mason University, and InsideTrack, a company that helps higher ed institutions increase student enrollment and graduation rates, is part of a larger strategy to improve and streamline the process for students who want to transfer from NOVA to George Mason.

Jamie Merisotis
Big Businesses Are Helping Workers Reach Their Educational Goals
Jeff Ryder, WorkingNation
SHARE:  Facebook Twitter

For many workers, full-time employment can be an impediment to higher education. The twin challenges of time and expense often combine to stifle personal and professional growth. Fortunately, many companies now see the benefit of investing in their workers’ educational goals. Employees get valuable credentials, and employers get the skilled workforce they need. 

Recently, the temporary staffing agency ManpowerGroup began offering a General Education Diploma (GED) program to more than 30,000 workers at no personal cost. The program provides online prep courses, unlimited practice tests, and personal support so that employees can earn their diploma within weeks.

Jamie Merisotis
The Strategies Behind Rapid Enrollment Growth
Kelly Field, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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A few years ago, the University of the Cumberlands was a small residential college for low-income students from Appalachia. Then the 2008 recession hit, bringing widespread job losses to the region.

The lost income left applicants needier than ever, forcing the Christian college in Kentucky to discount tuition even more deeply than it always had. The future didn’t look much brighter, with forecasts predicting a decline in the number of high-school graduates nationwide.

To survive, Cumberlands, like many of its private-college peers, would have to find a way to raise new revenue.

A Lot of Swirling in Michigan
Matthew Dembicki, Community College Daily
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A new report on recent four-year college graduates in Michigan shows that a significant portion of them attended a community college on their way toward a bachelor's degree. And though a substantial number of students started at a community college before transferring to a four-year institution, many also took summer courses or concurrent courses at community colleges.

The U.S. Labor Shortage, Explained
Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox
What Challenges Does Georgia’s Largest University Face?
Eric Stirgus, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Essay: Unintentionally Fostering Inequality
Clara M. Lovett, Inside Higher Ed
What European Countries Sacrifice for Free College
Jason D. Delisle and Preston Cooper, American Enterprise Institute
Fight Over For-Profit Colleges’ Funding Centers on Veterans
Jesse Naranjo and Michelle Hackman, The Wall Street Journal
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