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 14, 2018
Rethinking Advising for Community College Students
Tiffany Pennamon, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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Citing advising as "the cornerstone of student support," a new study suggests that community colleges restructure their advising through such policies as a "guided pathways" model where academic planning and advising are required for all students and built into registration. 

Sharing Courses? Google It
Mark Lieberman, Inside Higher Ed
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Three liberal arts colleges in Michigan have teamed up for a pilot course-sharing program that makes use of Google hardware. The results could be transformative, participants say.
Maine’s LIFT Act Would Help Low-Income Students Succeed
Carrie Welton, The Center for Law and Social Policy 
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Today, Feb. 14, Maine's legislature will hear testimony on the Leveraging Investments in Families for Tomorrow (LIFT) Act and how it would allow the state to use existing public benefit funding to support low-wage students' achievement of a degree or certificate. 

The LIFT Act recognizes the many barriers preventing low-income students from completing postsecondary education. These challenges include unmet financial need, food and housing insecurity, and parenting responsibilities. By combining public benefits with targeted counseling, comprehensive financial aid, and advising, the LIFT Act could improve students' prospects of degree completion. 
Trump’s Budget Impact on Pell
Community College Daily
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The Trump administration's budget plan for fiscal year 2019 continues to emphasize workforce development-especially through apprenticeships-and would allow students to use Pell grants for certain short-term programs.

Winners and Losers in Work-Study Plan
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed 
Finding New Meaning After an Olympic Career
Linda Flanagan, The Atlantic
Study: DACA Increased Educational Attainment
Elizabeth Redden, Inside Higher Ed
Richmond Community College Pathways Help County ‘Grow Its Own’ Workforce
Christine S. Carroll, Richmond County Daily Journal
Blog: Stackable Credentials Are Worth the Effort
Tim Harmon, The Center for Law and Social Policy 
Success and Pain in ‘Tell Them We Are Rising’
Jamie Merisotis, Lumina Foundation
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