Top stories in higher ed for Friday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
February 9, 2018
How One University Connects Students and Mentors With Surprising Success
Beckie Supiano, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Western Governors University educates tens of thousands of students online, but the share of its alumni who say they had a mentor in college is twice the national rate.
Dropping the D
Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed
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Transfer rates at North Carolina's Stanly Community College increased after the institution made the simple grading change of no longer awarding D grades.
National College Access Network Launches FAFSA Completion Tracker
Tiffany Pennamon, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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The National College Access Network has launched its #FormYourFuture FAFSA Tracker, giving states a week-by-week snapshot of rankings in their progress to achieve a 100-percent benchmark of high school seniors completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

Forging Pathways to Good Jobs Without a BA: Assessing the Value of Sub-Baccalaureate Credentials
Neil Ridley, The EvoLLLution
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Associate's degrees and non-credit credentials such as certificates and certifications can provide earners with pathways into good jobs in emerging spaces, and there's ample opportunity for postsecondary institutions to benefit from this trend.
Photo: Joe Johnston
Cal Poly Announces Major Effort to Attract More Low-Income Students, Boost Diversity
Lucas Clark, The Tribune
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A new grant program at Cal Poly aims to provide a jolt of financial aid to first-generation and low-income students who were accepted to the university but need financial help. The program will assist at least 2,500 students by 2023, while also boosting diversity at the predominantly white school.

Opinion: Boost Detroit’s Talent Pipeline
Ashley Johnson, The Detroit News
Kenney's Ambitious Workforce Plan Calls on Business to Do Its Part
Alison Burdo, Philadelphia Business Journal
Blog: Using Data and Research to Promote Youth Success
Rachel Pfeifer, Bridging Research and Practice
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