Top stories in higher ed for Tuesday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
December 12, 2017
Four Ways to Increase the Value of Short-Term Credentials: A Guide for Community Colleges
Jobs for the Future
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More people—from recent high school graduates to middle-aged workers—are pursuing alternative educational credentials as a way to acquire specialized job skills and knowledge. But ironically, employers often do not understand the value of these credentials, and as a result, do not factor them into hiring and promotion decisions.

A new report from Jobs for the Future sets out to explore the causes of this disconnect and offer community colleges some solutions that would better align their credentials with labor market need. 

House Republicans Got This Right: Colleges Should Tell Students How Much Bang Their Buck Will Buy
Anthony P. Carnevale, The Washington Post
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A new approach introduced last week by the House Republican leadership, the PROSPER Act, is a step in the right direction to bring transparency to higher education, and help consumers make better decisions about postsecondary programs.
Bringing Microcredential Providers in From the Cold
Clifford Adelman, Inside Higher Ed
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The alternative credentials universe grows every day, but how much do we know about it? Very little, argues Cliff Adelman, who proposes constructive ways to lift the fog.
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The Verification Trap
Eric Hoover, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Elaine Williams, a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth U. who has been homeless, was repeatedly required to produce a variety of obscure documents to get financial aid. "Every year it felt like I took two steps forward and got pushed three steps back," she says.

The verification component of the federal-aid process isn’t meant to hinder low-income students, but that’s often what it does. 

The Gift of Tech
Gabriel Horwitz, Forbes
Baby Steps on ‘Unit Records’ in House
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
Opinion: The Formula for a Stronger Southside Virginia Economy
Tiffany Franks and Connie Nyholm, GoDanRiver
Blog: Apprenticeships or College? How About Both?
Catherine Gewertz, High School & Beyond
Colleges Offer Campus Programs for Low-Income Students
Farran Powell, U.S. News & World Report
Ivy Tech Pilot Program Helping Low-Income Students
Ashley Sloboda, Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
Charting a New Path to Success
Paul Bradley, Community College Week
Essay: Note to Congress: Create Incentives, Not Taxes
Catharine B. Hill, Inside Higher Ed
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