Top stories in higher ed for Wednesday
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, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
Teaching the Ivory Tower New Tricks
Eric Cortellessa, Washington Monthly Magazine
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One of the biggest challenges facing higher education is the need to not just enroll more students, but keep them. Only around 40 percent of the students who enroll in college each year graduate in four years. (For students of modest means, the odds are even worse.)

With such a high number of dropouts, institutions are under increasing pressure to help students persist until they earn a diploma. It turns out that the emergence of Big Data can help. 

Jamie Merisotis
Governor, State Officials Travel Missouri to Promote Fast Track Scholarship for Adults
Joshua Conway, KSMU
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Missouri Governor Mike Parson and state officials are trying to get the word out about a new grant to help adults without a college degree go back to school. State officials have been hitting the road this week to talk about the Fast Track Workforce Incentive Grant.

The grant allows Missourians ages 25 and older to get credentials in fields labeled “high need” for the state’s economy. This includes education and health care. The grant also helps individuals with some college credit who never finished their degree or credential.

Jamie Merisotis
Second Chances: Lockhart Inmates Graduate From Community College
Lara Korte, Austin American-Statesman
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Tears and cheers filled the gymnasium last week at the Lockhart Correctional Facility as more than 100 family members, friends, and officers celebrated the graduation of 14 women from Austin Community College’s certified production technician program.

For the inmates, the day was not just a recognition of the hundreds of hours they put into learning  a trade, but   a celebration of second chances.

The class is the first of its kind to use money from a nonprofit that helps direct state and federal training dollars to educate offenders in Texas. The group, Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area, also connects the women with employers offering front-line manufacturing technician jobs.  

Jamie Merisotis
Easing ‘Public Charge’ Concerns in California
Matthew Dembicki, Community College Daily
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The chancellor of the California community college system is trying to ease concerns among immigrant students who are worried that receiving or applying for any student aid might impact their legal status in light of a new federal immigration rule that takes effect in October.

In simple terms, the answer is no, says California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley. For immigrant students, those educational benefits—including tuition assistance—will not be factored into so-called “public charge” rules changes.

College Board Overhauls ‘Adversity Index’
Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed
Opinion: The Pervasive and Crippling Fear of College
Christian Ortiz, The Hechinger Report
Veterans Turn Sights to 90-10 Rule
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
Commentary: UCF, Valencia Provide Future Full of Possibility Downtown
Thad Seymour and Sandy Shugart, Orlando Sentinel
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