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 7, 2017
Aligning Postsecondary Education With Real Life for Adult Student Success
American Council on Education
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A new paper from the American Council on Education outlines a series of recommendations and reforms to help higher education leaders and policymakers meet the needs of post-traditional learners. Among the paper's proposals: improving data, developing more robust or integrated financial aid and employment policies, and tailoring academic programs in ways that strengthen how adults learners are served. 

What MIT Researchers and Coal Miners Are Teaching Each Other About the Future of Work
Robin Young, WBUR
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A chance encounter at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology between an alum from Kentucky and an MIT researcher has led to a unique partnership. It's focused on the future of work in a part of the country where the coal industry has been hemorrhaging jobs.

New York’s Free-College Program Comes With a Big Catch: Students Who Fall Off Track Risk Losing Their Scholarships
Monica Disare, Chalkbeat New York
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With thousands of college students about to finish their first semester under New York State’s Excelsior Scholarship Program, advocates, critics, and researchers will be looking closely at one crucial question: How did they do?
From the Streets to the Classroom
Allura Garis, Community College Daily
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After tirelessly going back and forth between jail and treatment, Erwin Trejo arrived at the San Diego Rescue Mission (SDRM). The charity in downtown San Diego provides emergency shelter, hot meals, transitional housing, recovery counseling, and adult education.

San Diego Continuing Education (SDCE)—which is part of the San Diego Community College District (SDCCD)—and SDRM launched a partnership last year to provide SDRM clients with free basic skills courses and career training. For Trejo, these offerings became the support system he needed to ultimately change his path. 

First Boston. Next, the World
Matt Parke, Working Nation
Opinion: Achieve60AZ and the Imperative to Boost Attainment
Julie Pastrick and Rich Nickel, Arizona Daily Sun (Arizona)
Student Success Is Key to Montana's Future Economy
John E. Cech, Independent Record 
Lumina Foundation to Award $2.5 Million in Grants for “Addressing Hate”
Tiffany Pennamon, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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