Top stories in higher ed for Monday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
February 5, 2018
Why the State Is Talking Up Technical Colleges to High School Counselors
Emily Siner, Nashville Public Radio
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Tennessee has put a spotlight on its community colleges in recent years, making these higher education institutions the focus of programs like Tennessee Promise. Now, state officials are trying to give technical colleges the same boost—and they're starting by trying to win over high school guidance counselors.

A Program Helps Low-Income Parents Graduate at Twice the Rate of Other Community College Students
Meredith Kolodner, The Hechinger Report
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Low-income parents in an Arkansas program called the Arkansas Career Pathways Initiative (CPI) are earning college degrees and certificates at twice the rate of other community college students, a new report shows.
January Jobs Report: Economy Adds 200K Jobs, But There’s Opportunity to Close Skills Gap
Ramona Schindelheim, WorkingNation
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The headlines for job and wage growth are positive, but long-term unemployment is still a concerning statistic. On the upside: There is still time to get people reskilled for jobs in the new economy.

Why Transfer Mission Matters
Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed
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With President Trump and others saying community colleges should focus only on vocational programs, some educators note the key role the institutions play in getting students on the road to bachelor's degrees.
Millions of Americans Are Living in Higher-Education Deserts, Report Says
Danielle Douglas-Gabriel, The Washington Post
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Despite the indelible image of some fresh-faced 18-year-old heading out of state for college, the truth is nearly 40 percent of students attend a school less than 50 miles from home. For students who work full time or have children—a growing segment of the college population—proximity to a physical campus or at least high-speed Internet access can be critical to pursuing higher education.

Closing the Skills Gap Through Work-Based Learning
Ellie Ashford, Community College Daily
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If business and industry are able to address the shortage of “middle-skills” jobs, collaboration with community colleges is necessary to ensure new employees have the right skills.

Leaders from the corporate education world outlined their needs and how they are working with community colleges during a recent session at the American Association of Community Colleges’ (AACC) annual Workforce Development Institute.
Viewpoint: A Lesson From Amazon: Invest More in UNCC
Philip L. Dubois, The Charlotte Observer
Pell Grants Are Now a Middle-Class Benefit
Preston Cooper, American Enterprise Institute
Culturally Relevant Pedagogy Can Meet the Needs of Nontraditional College Students
Kemuel Benyehudah, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Blog: State Policy Trends Have Implications for Higher Education
Lynn Sommerville, Associaton of Governing Boards
Higher Education Accountability
Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
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