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 19, 2018
In the Summer of 2016, These Four Native Students Looked Toward College. Here’s Where They Are Now.
Kelly Field, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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The odds are daunting. Less than a quarter of Native students who began a bachelor's program in 2009 graduated on time; just over 40 percent finished in six years, federal data show. 

Single parents like Charnelle Bear Medicine face additional challenges. Just 8 percent of single mothers graduate with an associate or bachelor’s degree within six years, compared to 49 percent of female students who are not mothers, according to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research.

In 2019, Let’s Bring the Community Back to College.
Mordecai I. Brownlee, EdSurge
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Community colleges have long served the United States by providing access to career and technical training, as well as quality education in the liberal arts, mathematics, and sciences.

Many families, however, aren’t familiar with the higher-ed landscape and the opportunities that community college can open up for their children. In 2019, improving the way we connect K-12 to higher education—and bringing families into the conversation about college and career pathways—will be key issues to tackle.

What We Can Learn From One Family That Took Tennessee's Free College Offer
Emily Siner, Nashville Public Radio
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Jim Bare never used to spend his Friday nights working on math. Now, he does it willingly—often with the rest of his family. In September, Bare, 65, signed up for his first semester of Volunteer State Community College under the Tennessee Reconnect program. His daughter also enrolled there. So did her husband. And her mom.

For them, college this fall has been a family affair. 

Although their decision to sign up as a family may be uncommon, their individual stories—why they're going back, what their difficulties are—represent many of the nearly 15,000 adult students who enrolled this fall as part of Tennessee Reconnect, which guarantees free tuition at community college. And they reveal the challenges for the program that's trying to make a major change in the state's workforce.

CE for the 21st-Century: Meeting Learning Needs for the Millennial Generation
The EvoLLLution
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As millennials age into their careers, it's critical for continuing education divisions to learn what makes this generation tick. In this interview, Amy Chester of Georgetown University shares her insights on the expectations and needs of millennials and how CE divisions can adapt to serving them.  

South Metro Economy Improving With Focus on Job Training, Education
Leon Stafford, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Blog: American Talent Initiative Publishes First Public Report on Progress
Elizabeth Davidson Pisacreta, Emily Schwartz, and Martin Kurzweil, Ithaka S+R
A ‘Hidden Curriculum’ for Latino Students
Peter Monaghan, The Chronicle of Higher Education
The ‘First Step’ in a Second Chance
Matthew Dembicki, Community College Daily
Essay: The Transformative Effects of Prison Education
Michael G. Scales, Inside Higher Ed
Blog: Perkins V: Expanding Opportunities for Work-Based Learning
Claus von Zastrow, Education Commission of the States
The Great Divide: Many Ohio Towns Left Behind Despite Strengthening Economy
Mark Ferenchik and Mark Williams, The Columbus Dispatch
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