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.
December 12, 2018
Students Have Plenty of Credential Options But Lack Information on Value, Quality
Natalie Schwartz, Education Dive
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Certificates, badges, and other short-term credentials can be a way for learners to upskill faster than they would be able to with a traditional degree program. But a better way is needed for employers and students to determine if a program prepares participants for the workforce.

Credential Engine, which maintains a database of credentials offered in the United States, has been working to make this process easier by pushing more programs to publish their student outcomes data online. So far, about 200 organizations have done so.

Report: Is Guaranteed Admissions Effective in Developing Diverse Class?
Monica Levitan, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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In a recent study published by the American Educational Research Association, researchers evaluated whether admissions certainty for Texas high school graduates has different effects on high- and low-income students.

The report examined Texas’ college admissions policy, the Top Ten Percent (TTP) Plan, to determine whether guaranteed admissions in Texas can help reduce college undermatching (failing to enroll at highly selective colleges) and overmatching (the practice of low-achieving students enrolling at selective colleges) of incoming freshmen and transfer students from different income levels in the college applications process.

Businesses Are Working With Students to Better Bridge Classrooms With Careers
Cheryl A. Oldham, The 74
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Across America, employers are struggling to find skilled talent to fill critical jobs. With more than 6.3 million job openings and almost 40 percent of employers indicating they don’t have the capacity to take on new business, it is clear that the American education system is impacting the business community’s ability to grow, innovate, and compete.

How U. of Michigan Appealed to Low-Income Students With a Colorful Invitation—and a Promise of Aid
Chris Quintana, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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What if getting low-income students to apply to a highly selective college was as simple as telling them the doors were open?

A new working paper suggests that, along with the promise of financial aid, might be the case. The paper describes an experiment to reach out to potential applicants to the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. Among other things, the researchers found that after telling high-achieving, low-income students they should apply to the institution, many of them did.

TAACCCT Projects Continue to Yield Success
Matthew Dembicki, Community College Daily
Bright Futures Mentor Aids Students in Achieving Success
Helaine R. Williams, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Strong Gains From CUNY's ASAP Model in Ohio
Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed
Career Readiness Skills a Top Priority
Jerry Arellano, San Antonio Express-News
Panel to CGS: Holistic Admissions Strategy Aids Grad Student Diversity
LaMont Jones, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Commentary: Teaching the Students We Have, Not the Students We Wish We Had
Sara Goldrick-Rab and Jesse Stommel, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Impact of Targeted Tuition-Free Programs
Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed
More Than a Promise
AACC 21st Century Center
Defining Student Success Data
The Higher Learning Commission
Closing the Gap
National Bureau of Economic Research
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