Top stories in higher ed for Monday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
December 11, 2017
Investing in Tomorrow's Talent
PBS, The Tavis Smiley Show
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Lumina President and CEO Jamie Merisotis discusses making higher education available and affordable to all, the changing nature of work, talent development, competency-based learning, and more on this episode of The Tavis Smiley show.
Photo: Gillian Jones
For Foster Care Kids, College Degrees Are Elusive
Teresa Wiltz, Stateline
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Alexis Barries has bounced from foster home to group home. She dreams of becoming an attorney, and even started college at age 16.  Eight years and five community colleges later, the Californian is still a freshman. At a time when many parents help their children navigate every twist and turn of their academic lives, former and current foster youth have a particularly difficult path. 

Some states are stepping up efforts to give them more guidance and support.

Online-Only California Community College to Target 'Stranded Workers'
Louis Freedberg, EdSource
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Gov. Jerry Brown is pushing California’s 114-campus community college system to create one more college: a new fully online institution to reach older California workers who have some or no college education. 

How the GOP Tax Bill Would Affect Community Colleges
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The tax overhaul making its way though Congress includes some provisions that worry Jose Adames, president of El Centro College, a community college in Dallas. NPR's Scott Simon asks him why.
Workforce Endeavors for 2018
Community College Daily
Easing the Transition From Education to Employment
Joseph Hong, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Officials Push to Close Talent Gap: Career Ed Part of State Goal
Kali Katerberg, The Daily Mining Gazette (Michigan)
Analysis: Twin Focus on Making and Keeping College Grads
Jeff Amy, Associated Press (Mississippi)
Blog: Higher Education: A Key to the Bronx Renaissance
Jose Luis Cruz, The Huffington Post
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