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 6, 2017
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A First-Generation College Grad Helps Others Get Their Degrees
Nicole Wallace, The Chronicle of Philanthropy
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Like many first-generation college students, Alexandra Bernadotte struggled with the transition to college. Her first year at Dartmouth was tough, but she stuck it out. The challenges Bernadotte faced planted a seed for what she wanted to do: start an organization to ensure other first-generation college students wouldn’t struggle as she had.

Summer Camps Bring STEM to a Wider Audience
Ben Gose, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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A generation ago, summer science camps at universities were largely filled by students from affluent families. Today they draw underrepresented high-school women and minorities into rewarding careers. Federal and private grants help keep fees from being an obstacle. And colleges identify standout students for recruiting. 

Guided Pathways at Community Colleges: From Theory to Practice
Thomas R. Bailey, Association of American Colleges & Universities
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Guided Pathways bring structure and cohesion to the college experience, mapping out students' path to graduation. Thomas Bailey, director of the Community College Research Center, writes about the guided pathways model in the new issue of Diversity & Democracy

Cultivating Rural Talent through Apprenticeship
Ivy Love, New America
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Federal and state policies that attend to rural health, education, and economic needs while supporting apprenticeship have the potential to revitalize struggling rural communities.

A Tale of Two Recoveries a Decade Since the Recession
Mike Maciag, Governing the States and Localities
Sununu: State Needs to Retain More Health Care Workers
John Doyle, Foster's Daily Democrat (New Hampshire)
Measuring Student Outcomes in Community Colleges
Kent Philippe, Community College Daily
Easing the Transition From Soldier to Scholar
James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal 
Obsession of the Year: Focus on Adult Learners
Shalina Chatlani, Education Dive
Opinion: Why Applying to College Is So Confusing
Rebecca Zwick, The New York Times
A Cengage Buffet
Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed
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