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 15, 2017
Dropout Rates Remain High at Tennessee Colleges, Especially Among Black Students, Report Says
Jason Gonzales, The Tennessean
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Even as Tennessee is being praised for opening college doors through Tennessee Promise and other programs, there are signs that some of higher education's biggest and most persistent hurdles still keep many students from succeeding. 
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In the Race to Help Latino Students, One California County Pulls Ahead
Jessica Mendoza, The Christian Science Monitor
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The push to provide direct assistance to high school seniors applying for college is one small slice of Riverside County’s efforts to help students prepare for, enroll in, and ultimately graduate from college. Since 2014, the county has also expanded student access to college counselors, improved parent engagement and bilingual services, and helped students fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

As a result, graduation rates, college enrollment, and FAFSA completion are up across the county. 

The New Lifelong Learner — an Education to Match America’s Economic Needs
Mark Dorman, The Hechinger Report
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To succeed in the jobs of the future, the workers of tomorrow will need to become lifelong learners, says Mark Dorman, president of the international and professional divisions of McGraw-Hill Education. At the same time, employers and prospective employees must get more comfortable with alternative credentialing like specialized certifications, micro-degrees, and digital badges. 
Eight Strategies for Integrating Apprenticeship and College
Iris Palmer, New America
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Apprenticeship is a highly effective strategy for equipping individuals with valuable knowledge, skills, and work experience. But so far, American apprenticeship has not grown to scale. Part of the reason for this disparity is the failure of apprenticeship to connect to the higher education system.

A new policy paper from New America offers eight recommendations for making the link. 

The Data-Enabled Executive: Using Analytics for Student Success and Sustainability
American Council on Education
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A report from the American Council on Education identifies the structural, cultural and technical obstacles inhibiting higher education leaders from becoming "data-enabled executives" who prioritize a culture of data analysis that helps move the needle for students and the campus overall.

Is Higher Education Really Losing the Public?
Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed
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New public opinion data suggest that despite significant concerns about prices, most Americans (and many Republicans) believe a postsecondary education is essential. 
Commentary: West Virginia Must Invest in Vo-Tech Education
Andrew Robinson, Charleston Gazette-Mail
This Woman’s Approach to Mentoring in San Jose Won a Prize
Han Zhao, The Christian Science Monitor
CCSF Looks to Expand Support for Undocumented Students
Laura Waxmann, San Francisco Examiner
Opinion: Kids Need Our Support to Get Into College
Lisa Falkenberg, Houston Chronicle 
Blog: Big Data on Campus
Jonathan S. Gagliardi and Philip Wilkinson, Higher Education Today
Who Are Student Loan Defaulters?
Center for American Progress
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