Top stories in higher ed for Tuesday
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, 2019
‘The Record of Everything You’ve Forgotten’?
Greg Toppo, Inside Higher Ed
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This spring at Western Michigan University, nearly 23,000 students, including almost 18,000 undergraduates, are taking part in the WMU Signature Designated Experiences. In addition to attending class, students agree to participate in as many as 12 out-of-class “designated experiences” in one of nine pathways. Students will be required to reflect on the experiences in writing, and all of it will make its way into students’ academic transcripts.

Efforts to capture the effects of such learning are not new, but the past four years have seen a resurgence of interest in the idea, as well as an acknowledgment that institutions must capture students' “learning outcomes” in both formal and informal settings.
Pima Community College on Verge of Building Boom to Amp Up Workforce Training
David Wichner Arizona Daily Star
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As in many parts of the country, Arizona businesses can't find enough qualified workers. Pima Community College has responded by boosting its technology-focused workforce-development programs, refining course offerings, and investing millions of dollars in new, state-of-the art equipment to train and prepare students for future jobs.

Now, Pima is on the verge of a building boom, as it looks to make more space for high-demand programs like aviation maintenance and more than double its pipeline of trained tech workers.

Can Data Make You a Better Teacher?
Beth McMurtrie, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Terri L. Renner had long wondered what made some of her students succeed more than others. Renner, a senior lecturer in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University at Bloomington, turned to a resource that was hiding in plain sight: the trove of data points that her institution collects about its students.

Renner is not alone. Colleges and universities across the country are trying new ways to help faculty members use research and analytics to shape what they do in the classroom.

Students Who Beat Steep Odds Credit Washington Educators Who Wouldn’t Give Up on Them
Katherine Long, The Seattle Times
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Every year, Washington's 34 community and technical colleges honor students who have overcome impossible odds to earn their degrees. The nominees were addicted to drugs or alcohol, grew up in dysfunctional families, and survived traumas like shootings and abusive relationships. Some were military veterans suffering from PTSD, and others were high-school dropouts. Many ended up homeless, living on the streets or in their cars.

Their stories share one thing in common: They all used a two-year college as a springboard to a better life. 

Correction: A Feb. 4 article about a new website to track college spending  incorrectly identified the creator of the site as the American Council on Education. The correct attribution is the American Council of Trustees and Alumni.   
What Employers Want
Dennis Pierce, Community College Daily
Trying Anew to Jump-Start Overhaul of Higher Ed Law
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
Google Helps Veterans Find Work
Theresa Collington, WorkingNation
Fighting Food Insecurity on College Campuses
Joseph P. Williams, U.S. News & World Report
Wake Tech Initiative Will Spread to All North Carolina Community Colleges
Seth Thomas Gulledge, Triangle Business Journal
Blog: How to Create a Successful Mentorship Program
Jacquelyn Lekhraj and Gerri Thomas, Education Week
Community Colleges Rise to the Challenge of Supporting Diverse Learners
Celeste Schwartz, EdTech Magazine: Focus on Higher Education
Expanding Economic Opportunity for More Americans
The Aspen Institute Economic Strategy Group
2019 Skills for Good Jobs Agenda
National Skills Coalition
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