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 27, 2018
Students Are Dropping Out of College Before Even Starting. Here’s How Educators Are Trying to Stop the Trend.
Nick Anderson, The Washington Post
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"Summer melt," which sidetracks an estimated 10 percent or more of college plans nationwide, hits teenagers from low-income families harder than others. Hurdles aren't just financial. When students finish high school, they lose much of their support network of teachers and mentors. 

To address the challenge, some institutions are turning to automated texts that encourage the educational ambitions of students like Tamia Washington. During high school, Washington received counseling from the D.C. College Access Program and an adviser with the KIPP education network. She says the extensive, multilayered support strengthens her resolve to earn a bachelor's degree.
Bridging NE Ohio's Costly Job-Skills Gap: Pathways to Prosperity
Patrick O'Donnell and Olivera Perkins, The Cleveland Plain Dealer
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A high school diploma isn't helping D'Angelo Cook live the life he wants for himself and his two children. Ken Taylor also faces a frustration. As president of Ohio's main dealer of Caterpillar construction equipment, he can't find enough people with the skills and experience to repair machinery for customers, even when offering an annual salary of $60,000 to $70,000. 

Area businesses, postsecondary institutions, and other organizations in northeast Ohio are investing in programs aimed at lessening the mismatch between workers' skills and employers' demands, as well as playing a key role in fostering awareness among the region's business, educational, and nonprofit communities to make addressing the skills gap a top priority

One Step Closer to Offering a Baccalaureate
Community College Daily
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Some of the largest employers in South Carolina say they need more highly skilled technical workers with advanced degrees, and state lawmakers and college leaders are listening.

Last week, Gov. Henry McMaster participated in a ceremonial signing of legislation allowing the state’s technical colleges to offer an applied baccalaureate in advanced manufacturing technology. The program will prepare graduates to assume technical and managerial leadership positions in the state’s manufacturing sector.

About 20 states currently offer applied baccalaureates through two-year colleges, with several other states in various stages of the approval process.

Education Deserts: Up to 1 in 5 Washington Students Live Far Away From College
Katherine Long, The Seattle Times
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School superintendents in rural Washington are trying to improve the chances that their high-school graduates go to college, but they're up against the state's geography and climate.

According to an analysis by The Chronicle of Higher Education, Washington is one of 11 states where 10.1 to 20 percent of the population lives in an "education desert," where it's at least a 60-minute drive to get to a college campus. The distance from college is key, because most students stay close to home to earn a degree. In 2016, almost 40 percent of first-time, full-time freshmen said their colleges were less than 50 miles from their homes, according a national study of college freshmen.
Editorial: Are We Prepared for Workforce Disruption?
Colorado Springs Business Journal
Rutgers University-New Brunswick Strives to Make Students Feel at Home
Sarah Wood, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Blog: Turning Research Into Action
Melinda Karp, The Mixed Methods Blog
Report: Higher Ed Needs New Financial Incentives
Dan McKay, Albuquerque Journal (New Mexico)
HEPC Presents Eight Changes to Proposed College Funding Model
Jordan Nelson, The Register-Herald (West Virginia)
Opinion: Rewarding Outcomes in Higher Education
Matt Freeman, Idaho State Jounral (Idaho)
Q&A: Blair Milo Goes on the Road to Fill 1 Million Jobs
Lindsey Erdody, Indianapolis Business Journal
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