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 11, 2020
Jamie Merisotis
Despite Geographic Barriers and Skepticism, This Rural Tennessee College Is Helping Revive Its County
Kirk Carapezza, WGBH
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The University of Tennessee Martin is tucked in the buckle of the Bible Belt, in a little nowhere city of 10,543—about one third the population of Natick, Massachusetts. On Main Street, freight trains clatter and screech. Bound for someplace else, they cut through the economically weak city, which was once much stronger as a maker of things.

Despite appearances, students, administrators, and local leaders here in the heart of Trump country are finding salvation in higher education—and technology. Full-time freshman enrollment at UT Martin is up—nearly 25 percent—over the past three years.

Jamie Merisotis
How Some California School Districts Invest in Counseling—and Achieve Results
Carolyn Jones, EdSource
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As a senior at Mission High School in San Francisco, Geovanna Veloz has always wanted to be a nurse. What she didn’t know was how to get there.

Her parents couldn’t help much. They speak limited English, work long hours, and don’t have much experience with education. 

Veloz was in luck. San Francisco Unified is among dozens of districts across California that has invested in counseling in recent years, hiring more staff to guide students through the college and career process. For many districts, the investment has paid off with higher graduation and college-going rates.

Jamie Merisotis
Community Colleges Bring Dreams Within Reach
Jon Fansmith and Jonathan Turk, dotEDU
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Now more than ever, community colleges play a vital role in today's postsecondary space. Helping students earn credentials and degrees, community college leaders must constantly adapt to a changing workforce and find new ways to meet the needs of students, employers, and local communities.

Former Montgomery County Community College President Karen Stout, now president and CEO of Achieving the Dream, talks about the challenges facing a new generation of community colleges in this podcast. 

Jamie Merisotis
El Paso County Jail Inmates Learn to Reinvent Themselves Graduating From PPCC Program
Debbie Kelley, Colorado Springs Gazette
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Under a new program from Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC), assailants, robbers, thieves, drug dealers, and abusers in county jail are learning how they can redefine their lives.

Unlike life skills training offered at other jails around the nation, the 12-week program focuses on inmates developing a detailed, executable plan for their lives after incarceration, one that looks and feels different from what’s been their status quo.

Twenty-four individuals have completed the program and earned certificates; another 55 people filled out enrollment forms for Career Boost, a noncredit workforce training program through PPCC. And a few have started a welding program.

A Vision for One Workforce
Matthew Dembicki, Community College Daily
Essay: Community College Transfer: Everyone Benefits
Michael Thurston, Inside Higher Ed
New Strategies Recommended to Promote Equity in Student Assessment
Pearl Stewart, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
A New Decade for Assessment: Embedding Equity Into Assessment Praxis
National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment
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