Top stories in higher ed for Thursday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
December 20, 2018
Beyond Just Dual Enrollment
Ellie Ashford, Community College Daily
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While dual-enrollment programs have soared in recent years, many community colleges also are taking on additional collaborative initiatives with K-12 school systems, such as career workshops, outreach to high school staff, summer camps, and more.

Hillsborough Community College in Florida, for example, augments its large dual-enrollment program with FUSE, a pathways program that connects high school students to HCC and to the University of South Florida.

How to Help Teen Parents Succeed in College
Julia Schmalz, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Nicole Lynn Lewis knows what it's like to feel as if you don't belong on a campus. As a teenage mom at the College of William & Mary, she balanced the challenges of academe with rearing an infant daughter. Lewis was lucky. She finished her degree. Now she's helping other teen parents succeed in college through the nonprofit organization she founded, Generation Hope.

The effort provides teen parents with up to $2,400 per year in tuition assistance, one-on-one mentoring, and case management. Additionally, scholars receive an increased network of support from the extended family that the program provides to them and to their young children. The support stays with students until they earn their two or four-year degree.

DeVos Outlines ‘Rethinking’ of Higher Education
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
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In a meeting with college presidents and association officials yesterday, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos outlined her vision to revamp the way in which higher education operates and whom it serves. 

DeVos wants more flexibility for accreditors to approve emerging models, such as distance learning, instead of what she called a current “all or nothing” approach. DeVos also called for clearer delineations between the roles of accreditors, state licensing agencies, and the federal government.

The plan presented on Wednesday is part of a broad framework that will guide an upcoming rule-making process set to begin in January.

A New Framework for Quality Assurance and Accountability in Higher Education
Ben Miller, Center for American Progress
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A newly released framework from the Center for American Progress and Higher Learning Advocates outlines a set of principles for rethinking the federal government’s system for ensuring quality in the nation’s higher education system and providing students with the skills, knowledge, and credentials needed to fully participate in our economy and society.

By focusing on what a federal role should strive to achieve, the framework provides a vehicle for evaluating whether potential federal changes would result in improved outcomes for students, taxpayers, and institutions. 

General Education Can Wait, Says an Online-Learning Leader. Here’s Why.
Goldie Blumenstyk, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Completion Rates Rise Again
Community College Daily
Reverse-Transfer Policies May Particularly Help Underrepresented Groups
LaMont Jones, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Affordability and Value: The Governance Lens
Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges/Gallup
Rethinking Higher Education
U.S. Department of Education
Completing College
National Student Clearinghouse Research Center
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