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 23, 2018
Pre-Employment Training and Affordable Childcare Key to Broadening the Apprenticeship Pipeline
Melissa Johnson and Katie Spiker, National Skills Coalition
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Underrepresented workers without adequate industry experience often need pre-employment or pre-apprenticeship training before they reach the skill level necessary to enter work-based learning programs.

But training alone may not be sufficient to ensure success, according to a new brief by the National Skills Coalition. Pre-apprenticeship programs that provide both training and access to affordable child care can offer an important on-ramp to an apprenticeship pathway for a broad range of workers. 

FedEx to Offer Hub Employees Free Tuition to University of Memphis Online Programs
Jennifer Pignolet, Memphis Commercial Appeal
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FedEx is teaming up with the University of Memphis to offer Memphis-based employees an opportunity to earn a degree, for free, from the school's online program.

The Learning inspired by FedEx (LiFE) program gives about 11,000 employees access to the public university's more than 60 undergraduate and graduate online degree programs, along with academic coaching and round-the-clock tutoring. The partnership will also allow employees who lack a high school diploma to earn a high school-equivalent degree. 
A Private University Matches Public Prices
Rick Seltzer, Inside Higher Ed
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Oglethorpe University staked out new ground Wednesday in the struggle to stand out from the crowd of small private colleges, unveiling a pricing strategy that will match public college tuition rates in every state for members of next year’s freshman class who meet certain benchmarks.

The 1,280-student university in Atlanta calls the strategy the Flagship 50 program. It’s a non-need-based scholarship pegging the tuition some students will pay to sticker prices at flagship public universities in each of the 50 states and Washington, D.C.
FIU Takes a Holistic Approach to Student Success
Tiffany Pennamon, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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Student support is the responsibility of everyone at Florida International University's (FIU). Programs like the multi-year Gateway Project help students make the transition to college life through customized education plans and peer mentoring. Faculty teams have redesigned, and constantly refine, more than 20 gateway courses. Because of the Gateway Project, FIU saw more than 5,000 additional math course completions during the last four years.

Part of FIU’s success with students stems from its enriched advising experience for undergraduates. The school hired more than 80 new academic advisers to improve the adviser-student ratio so that advising is tailored to a student’s needs and moves beyond a transactional interaction focused on merely helping students identify and register for courses.

Opinion: Workforce Development Matches Could Improve
Melissa Trussell, The New Brunswick News
Opinion: What If Santa Fe Had Mentorships for All Students?
Olin Dodson, The Santa Fe New Mexican 
Praise for Trump's Pick for Key Higher Ed Post
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
Broadening the Apprenticeship Pipeline
National Skills Coalition
Approaching a Tipping Point? A History and Prospectus of Funding for the University of California
The Center for Studies in Higher Education at the University of California, Berkeley
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