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 8, 2018
Michigan Colleges Find Success With Pathways
Ellie Ashford, Community College Daily
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Community colleges in Michigan are making significant progress in redesigning programs and services to help students succeed through the implementation of career pathways.

PBS Documentary Examines History of HBCUs: ‘Tell Them We Are Rising’
Tiffany Pennamon, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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Director Stanley Nelson's forthcoming film, "Grounded in History, Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities," sheds light on HBCUs and their work to affirm black students' identities, culture, and intellectual possibilities. The documentary will premiere on "Independent Lens" on PBS, Feb. 19 at 9 p.m. EST.
The Impact of Parents' Education Levels
Grace Bird, Inside Higher Ed
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First-generation college students are less likely to persist and graduate than are children of college-educated parents, a national study finds.

The Adult Student: The Population Colleges — and the Nation — Can’t Afford to Ignore
The Chronicle of Higher Education
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America's adult students have long been an afterthought in higher education. But demographic changes and economic pressures will soon require institutions to expand their horizons in order to survive or thrive. 

In this report from The Chronicle of Higher Education, veteran education reporter Goldie Blumenstyk explores the growing imperative for colleges to support the adult-student movement.
Eyeing Pell and State Funding
Matthew Dembicki, Community College Daily
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DeRionne Pollard, who was the first in her family to attend college, held three part-time jobs and relied on food stamps while attending school. And though federal student aid was available, her father struggled to complete the application for federal aid.

Today, Pollard is president of Montgomery College (MC) in Maryland, and she advocates for many of her students who face those same challenges, as well as new ones.

Mayor Unveils New Workforce Development Strategy
Ayana Jones, The Philadelphia Tribune
Essential Skills Legislation Passes House Education Committee
Jacqueline Pitts, The Lane Report (Kentucky)
Understanding College Affordability
Sandy Baum, Urban Institute
Senator Introduces Bill to Boost Tutoring Services
Andrew Clark, Santa Clarita Valley Signal
Budget Deal Would Add Money, But Not Restore DACA
Andrew Kreighbaum and Elizabeth Redden, Inside Higher Ed
Supporting Post-Traditional Students Drives Broad and Significant Benefits
Louis Soares and Jonathan Gagliardi, The EvoLLLution
ASU Online: Extending Access to Higher Ed
Tom Vander Ark, Getting Smart
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