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 8, 2018
West Michigan Industries Can't Find Skilled Workers, Economist Says
Monica Scott, MLive
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Despite Michigan's ongoing statewide push to end its skilled trades talent gap, industry leaders are struggling to find enough workers with training in particular techniques, machines, or software interfaces.

In response, many West Michigan industries are partnering with community colleges on training programs. For example, Grand Rapids Community College worked with 411 employers on non-degree programs this year, including job training programs in which certificates are earned.

Textbook Costs Drop as Nearly Half of Colleges Use OpenStax
Monica Levitan, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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Many of today's college students are single parents, first-generation college students, and working adults. With these obligations comes a financial responsibility.

OpenStax, a nonprofit initiative started by Rice University in 2012, wants to relieve some of that financial responsibility by providing free textbooks and digital resources. More than 2.2 million students and nearly half of U.S. colleges are using the service this year to save about $177 million.
What Students Want Colleges to Know About How They Learn
Sydney Johnson, EdSurge
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Even the best instructors may not be able to reach every student. And often that’s because there is a disconnect between what students expect from college teaching and what actually ends up happening in the classroom.

Three members from EdSurge Independent, a student-run group that meets weekly to discuss ideas around higher education and technology, joined EdSurge Live recently to share what they wish faculty knew about students today and what they believe can be done to fuse instructional gaps.
The Link Between Completion and Loan Repayment
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
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Many students who leave college with debt feel the burden of paying back their student loans long after their last class or visit to campus. But students who never actually complete a degree or postsecondary certificate bear that burden for much longer.

A report released today by Third Way finds that students who complete a degree or certificate are 20 percentage points more likely to begin paying down their loan principal than noncompleters in each year after leaving campus.

How to Make Our Institutions More Accessible
Angel B. Perez, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Remedying Remedial Education
Cathrael Kazin, The EvoLLLution
Commentary: Colorado Schools Need a New Vision
Donna Lynne and Bob Rankin, The Denver Post
Opening Credits: An Introduction to PLA Policies
Education Commission of the States
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