Top stories in higher ed for Wednesday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
February 13, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
Facing a Critical Shortage of Drivers, the Trucking Industry Is Changing
Frank Morris, NPR
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Trucking companies have had a difficult time hiring drivers willing to hit the road for long hauls. Now the United States is speeding toward a critical shortage of truck drivers in the next few years.

In response, the industry is trying to become more inclusive as it seeks to alleviate that shortage of drivers. Some companies are upping pay, making the job more flexible, and offering bonuses for signing on, referring people, or just staying with a company. Others are providing free online college tuition for drivers. 

Colleges Seek More Male Students
Ellie Ashford, Community College Daily
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The U.S. economy continues to recover from the Great Recession in important ways; notably, the national unemployment rate has decreased from a high of 10 percent in late 2009 to 4 percent as of July 2018.

However, a closer look reveals that most rural communities have not fully recovered. Lagging educational attainment, particularly among men, is a significant impediment to prosperity in rural communities. Community colleges are key players in reversing this trend but must help their male students overcome significant logistical, academic, and personal hurdles. 

Two new reports from the Association of Community College Trustees recommend strategies for urban and rural community colleges to support males’ postsecondary attainment.
How to Get Students to Fill Out the FAFSA? Enlist Instagram Influencers
Terry Nguyen, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Despite the possibility of free money, some prospective and current college students don't fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.

The process can be confusing and lengthy. But in a social-media-savvy move, the U.S. Department of Education has teamed up with Instagram influencers and college bloggers to prompt more students to apply, with the hashtag #ButFirstFAFSA.
Jamie Merisotis
Cultural Connections at Tribal Colleges
Matthew Dembicki, Community College Daily
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A focus on Native American culture, values, and a sense of belonging at tribal colleges is a strong draw for many of their students, according to a new study from the Center for Community College Student Engagement. That’s important because such relationships cultivate engaged students, who are then more likely to stay in college.

How California Wants to Help Ex-Offenders Get Jobs at Community Colleges
Adolfo Guzman-Lopez, Southern California Public Radio
Opinion: The Importance of Staying in College
Mark Heckler, Chicago Tribune
Going Back to School After 50
Caroline Preston, The Hechinger Report
What Challenges to Success Do Community College Students Face?
Revealing Institutional Strengths and Challenges
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