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 28, 2018
An Innovative Fix for Rural Higher Education Deserts
Anne Kim, Washington Monthly
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Geography is a barrier to higher education for tens of millions of rural Americans. A few states, however, are pioneering a leaner, cheaper approach that relies on technology to create oases of learning in higher education deserts. 

Called “higher education centers” or “virtual colleges,” these innovative institutions provide physical infrastructure for existing colleges and universities to offer online and in-person instruction in places where no brick-and-mortar higher education institutions exist. In some areas, they also offer occupational training in line with the needs of local businesses and act as pop-up satellite campuses, community colleges, and training agencies rolled into one.
For Some Ex-Gang Members, Hope Beyond the Street Corner
Sophia Eppolito, The Boston Globe
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John Miguel Pereira was 12 when he started getting into trouble with the law. He spent 12½ years in adult prisons, from age 17 to 33. Now, for the first time, Pereira is able to call himself a “free man" thanks to Boston Uncornered.

Created by College Bound Dorchester, the effort helps gang-involved young people work toward a college degree. The initiative has graduated 72 percent of students in its two-and-a-half-year existence. This year, 44 of its 66 participants graduating with a GED will go on to college. In comparison, less than 1 percent of gang-involved youth in the country go to college.

Billions in Federal Financial Aid Is Going to Students Who Aren’t Graduating
Jon Marcus, The Hechinger Report/PBS NewsHour
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Only half of U.S. students at four-year universities and colleges who got Pell Grants in 2011 graduated within six years. That compares to nearly 60 percent of all students.

The generally low success rate reflects the special challenges that face low-income college students. It also shows the impact of their concentration in the institutions least equipped to help them succeed, while wealthier students predominate at elite private and public flagship universities that have significantly more resources.

Several policy organizations have urged that institutions be held more accountable for the success of their students who get Pell Grants.

Still Rising: First-Generation College Students a Decade Later
Emily Hanford, APM Reports
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Mario Martinez wanted something more for himself in 2008. At the time, he was installing wood floors in fancy houses. He would wake before sunrise and sometimes work until 11 p.m. For Martinez, a better future meant a college degree.

APM Reports revisits Martinez 10 years later to find out if he believes he made the right choice. Today, he has a degree from Liberty University and is working toward an MBA at the University of Maryland.

Out of the Amazon Jobs Race, Cities Talk Education, Talent
Dakota Pawlicki and Jesse O’Connell, Medium
Colorado Connects Career-Seekers With Contemporary Coaches
Donna Bryson, U.S. News & World Report
State's Labor Challenges Are Many
Matt Pilon, Hartford Business (Connecticut)
Public May Not Trust Higher Ed, But Employers Do
Jeremy Bauer-Wolf, Inside Higher Ed
Students Faced With Questions About Future After College
Cameron Montemay, The News-Press Now
Building Community for Part-Time Students
Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed
San Diego Universities Brace for Hyper-Connected Generation Z
Gary Robbins, The San Diego Union-Tribune
Transforming Colleges—and Students’ Lives
Madeline Patton, Community College Daily
Fulfilling the American Dream: Liberal Education and the Future of Work
Association of American Colleges & Universities
Networks for School Improvement: A Review of the Literature
The Center for Public Research and Leadership at Columbia University
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