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.
February 7, 2019
A Deeper Community Connection
Carol Spalding, Community College Daily
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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College in North Carolina has a new community partner in helping unemployed and underemployed people. The college is working with Cornerstone Church to connect with people within the congregation through a network of volunteer ambassadors.

The ambassador program trains church staff and parishioners to provide information about Rowan-Cabarrus to church and community members. The college's R3 (ReFocus, ReTrain, ReEmploy) team follows up to assist with specific program details and services, such as career coaching, adult basic education, job search assistance, and digital literacy. 
Report Urges Increased College Support for ‘Invisible’ Native Students
LaMont Jones, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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A new guide from the American Indian College Fund describes the current state of higher education for Native American students and the corrective steps that colleges and universities can take to improve access, inclusion, and equity. 

Although 30.3 percent of the U.S. population over the age of 25 has a bachelor's degree, that's the case for only 14 percent of Native American and Alaska Natives in that age range, according to U.S. Census statistics. 

Paving a Path to College
Joel Bahr, University of California
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College wasn’t always a given for Jeffrey Hayes. After attending poorly performing public schools in South Los Angeles, he never expected his education to go beyond high school.

That all changed when his parents, both immigrants, heard about the UCLA Community School. In this new environment, Hayes found a community invested in his academic success and his future.

The UCLA Community School is a unique partnership with the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). The goal is to improve the academic achievement of students who face barriers to college, with a focus on serving communities that have been historically underrepresented within higher education. 

America Lets Too Much Young Talent Go to Waste
Noah Smith, Bloomberg
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The United States is filled with talented people, too many of whom are hidden, overlooked, and left behind, writes Noah Smith in an opinion piece for Bloomberg.

Smith, a former assistant professor of finance at Stony Brook University, says more must be done to identify and nurture talented low-income and minority children. This includes universal testing, interventions that nudge low-income students to aim higher after high school, more financial aid in the form of grants, not loans, and mentoring efforts involving community members.
PBS Charlotte Tackles the Skills Gap
Amy Burkett, NC Chamber
Early College Credit Linked to Success, Savings for Indiana Students
Tiffany Pennamon, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Adult Education Comes of Age
Beth Hawkins, EducationNext
Are Three-Year Degree Programs the Answer?
Laura Ascione, eCampus News
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