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 30, 2018
A California Community College Adopts a New York Model That Doubled Graduation Rates
Mikhail Zinshteyn, EdSource
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California is betting that a $3 million investment to borrow a New York City model that doubled graduation rates will be the spark its community colleges need to dramatically improve student outcomes.

The investment was inspired by the Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP). Developed by the City University of New York in 2007, the program emphasizes extra financial aid and heavy student counseling on classes to take, as well financial and career planning. 
In One Generation, a Farmworker Family Grows College Ambitions
Tennessee Watson, NPR
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Angel Benavides, 14, has missed the beginning of the school year for as long as he can remember. Both his parents are farmworkers, with schedules that revolve around harvest time for potatoes, corn, beans, and beets.

Benavides is fortunate. He doesn't have to work in the fields. Instead, he's been able to focus on college thanks to the Migrant Education Program and the educational resources and support it provides to help migrant students overcome the challenges of mobility, cultural and language barriers, social isolation, and other difficulties associated with a migratory lifestyle. 

America’s Best and Worst Colleges for Vocational Certificates
Paul Glastris, Washington Monthly
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Vocational certificates offer a pathway to better career opportunities for millions of working-class Americans. This year, in its 2018 College Guide and Rankings, Washington Monthly magazine provides a first-ever ranking of America's best and worst colleges for vocational credential programs. 

Application Essays Can Help Students Get Into College. Could They Also Predict Their Success?
Sydney Johnson, EdSurge
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In higher education, predictive analytics often draw from data that an institution has readily available about its students: grades, attendance, online school-related activity, and even historical and demographic information.

But East Carolina University is trying to incorporate unstructured data—in particular, college admission essays—to predict how likely a student will persist and graduate on time.
Will Big Brands Disrupt Higher Education?
Daniel Pianko and Carol D'Amico, TechCrunch
Higher Ed ‘Deserts’: Who Lives in Them, And Why it Matters
Emily Richmond, Education Writers Association
Essay: Killing Colleges in Massachusetts
Richard Ekman, Inside Higher Ed
Study Outlines Challenges for Low-Income Working Students
LaMont Jones, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Take Two! SAT Retaking and College Enrollment Gaps
National Bureau of Economic Research
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