Top stories in higher ed for Friday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
December 7, 2018
SNHU’s New Program Reimagines the Concept of College
Robert Lerose, eCampus News
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Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) is redefining the traditional concept of college as the middle ground between high school and the workplace. In a merger with LRNG, a non-profit that serves disadvantaged youth populations, SNHU will work with cities and employers to develop innovative learning and workforce solutions.

The ambitious effort will reach out to both pre-college and older learners, offer opportunities to youth from low-income backgrounds to become more engaged with their studies, and help them transition into rewarding careers. LRNG was chosen, in part, because of its groundbreaking platforms that use micro-credentials, badges, and playlists as part of the learning sequences.

Service Year’s Impact on Talent Development of Opportunity Youth Is Undeniable
Kristin Falzon, WorkingNation
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Service year programs offer young people the opportunity to gain real-world skills while holding paid, full-time jobs that help make a difference in their communities. 

Amanda Young is a prime example. After graduating from West Virginia University, Young had trouble jump-starting her career. On the brink of homelessness after the restaurant she was working at closed, she found out about the AmeriCorps VISTA program. Young went on to do two service years at an adult literacy nonprofit in West Virginia.

Young now leads her own AmeriCorps VISTA program at West Virginia University that focuses on community development, the opioid crisis, food insecurity, disaster preparedness, and combating poverty across the state.

Report Proposes Recommendations to Assist Adult Students
Monica Levitan, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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A looming deficit of more than two million workers with degrees or certificates by 2025 threatens California's ability to meet its economic needs. As California attempts to close this projected gap, policymakers are looking to adult learners as a critical part of the solution.

A new report from California Competes: Higher Education for a Strong Economy outlines five strategies that it says will create better pathways for adults to earn their college degree and simultaneously fuel the state's economy.

Students Taking More Credit Courses and Introductory Math Faring Well
Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed
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Colleges in Nevada have found a strong correlation between the success of students in college-level, introductory math courses and the number of credits they take in their first year of college.

Students who took 15 or more credits completed the math courses at higher rates than their peers who took fewer credits, according to Nevada higher education officials.

The study's findings, based on data from 2013-16, were presented earlier this week during the national convention of Complete College America (CCA). The group has been a longtime advocate of the 15 to Finish initiative and corequisite remediation, which places students who in the past may have been placed in traditional remedial courses in regular college-level math and English courses instead and provides them with additional academic or social support.

Amazon Mania Revealed These Three Things About Higher Ed
Lindsay Ellis, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Higher Education Intertwined With Nebraska's Economic Growth
Chris Dunker and Don Walton, Lincoln Journal Star 
Video: STEM Careers: Why Soft Skills Matter
Brent Orrell, American Enterprise Institute
Mayor Briley Launches Initiative to Help Build a Better Workforce
Meg Garner, Nashville Business Journal (Tennessee)
Back to College, Part Two: A Policy Prescription to Support Adults Returning to College
California Competes: Higher Education for a Strong Economy
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