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 18, 2018
California Students, First in Their Families to Attend College, Mentor Each Other to Succeed
Larry Gordon, EdSource
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Beyond the usual confusion and questions about the first year of college, low-income students who are the first in their families to attend college may arrive on campus with personal fears that they just don't belong and will never fit in.

That's where a mentoring program called Level-Up can help. The effort pairs slightly older students from the same background with younger students. Mentors ease the uncertainty of college life with advice and friendship, while helping freshmen stay on track in school and eventually graduate. 

Selective Colleges Enroll More Low-Income Students
Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed
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Since the American Talent Initiative started two years ago, more than 100 flagship universities, selective liberal arts colleges, and Ivy League institutions have increased enrollment of low- and moderate-income students by nearly 7,300, a modest 3.5 percent, according to a report released Monday.

The initiative started in 2016 with 30 institutions around a collective goal of enrolling and graduating an additional 50,000 low-income students by 2025. Since the initiative began, Pell-eligible enrollment at the universities increased by about 3.5 percent, from 210,250 to 217,541.

The 2018 Chronicle Influencers
The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Some of the biggest news stories of 2018 started on college campuses. This year's 2018 Influence List from The Chronicle of Higher Education highlights the people who played a central role, for better or worse, in those stories and others, including the #MeToo movement, power dynamics in scholarship, and the role of race in admissions.

A Talent for Teaching: UTeach Reveals a Pathway for STEM Majors
Matt Parke, WorkingNation
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Sometimes all it takes to change the course of science and math education is a light bulb moment. UTeach is showing future teachers how they can find this moment within themselves and inspire it in their students.

UTeach grew out of the conviction that public universities have a profound role to play in improving the public education system. The program began at The University of Texas at Austin in 1997 as an innovative way to recruit undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) majors and prepare them to become teachers. Since then, the educational model is turning the tide in the ongoing STEM teacher shortage. 

Scaling Upward
AACC 21st Century Center
Tapping Research Experiences to Improve College Success
Ellie Ashford, Community College Daily
Can We All Agree on Need for More Career-Tech Education?
Maureen Downey, Atlanta Journal Constitution
Opinion: Michigan Must Make Building Talent a Priority
Thomas G. Cutler, Port Huron Times Herald
A 2018 Report on the Progress of the American Talent Initiative in Its First Two Years
Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program, and Ithaka S+R
Blue-Collar Worker Shortages
The Conference Board
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