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 16, 2018
You Could Earn a Brand New Kind of Degree From Georgia Colleges Soon
Scott Berson, Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
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Students of every age will soon be able to earn an entirely new type of degree from Georgia colleges. The new college credential, called the "nexus" degree, emphasizes the connections between traditional college learning, hands-on experience, and industry knowledge taught by managers or professionals in specific job fields.
Today’s Teachers With Tomorrow’s Skills: NC3 Connects the Knowledge Network
Matt Parke, WorkingNation
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To meet the demand for skilled labor, career and technical education providers need well-trained teachers. The Train-the-Trainer program from the National Coalition of Certification Centers is a collaborative effort designed to share knowledge and skills on the latest technologies.

She Believes in Teen Parents and Helps Them Stay in School
David Karas, The Christian Science Monitor
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When Nicole Lewis gained acceptance to several colleges, she also was on her way to becoming a mother. Lewis persevered to earn her degree, but the journey was not without challenges. 

Lewis is now helping other young parents achieve the same success she did with resources and support offered through Generation Hope. 

Photo: Billy Calzada
A&M-San Antonio Teaching Parents of First-Generation Students
Silvia Foster-Frau, San Antonio Express-News
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Margie Martinez was disoriented as she drove onto the Texas A&M-San Antonio campus recently—unsure where to park or what building to walk into. It was a literal reflection of how she feels about her son being the first in the family to enroll in college.

A new program called Family First aims to bolster her confidence and knowledge by demystifying the college experience for parents of first-generation students.

For Experiential Learning Programs to Thrive, They Must Bridge K-12 and Higher Ed (and the Workforce)
Sean Gallagher, EdSurge
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The notion of “lifelong learning” is inherently experiential. Rather than thinking about experiential learning predominantly as a “college-to-career” model, it is time to consider it across educational sectors and life stages, and develop the types of partnerships, foundational research and experiments, and cultural shifts that will be required to understand how it works, how to do it best, and how to scale it, from K-to-grey.
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Who's Missing From America's Colleges? Rural High School Graduates
Jon Marcus and Matt Krupnick, The Hechinger Report/NPR
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When Dustin Gordon's high school invited juniors and seniors to meet with recruiters from colleges and universities, only a handful of students showed up. In the sparsely settled agricultural countryside of southern Iowa, "there's just no motivation for people to go" to college, says Gordon.

Indeed, the high school graduates who head off to campus in the lowest proportions in America are the ones from rural places.

N.C. Governor Touts Importance of Workforce Training
Laurie Clowers, Community College Daily
Opinion: Dallas ISD Has a Plan to Create the College-Educated STEM Workforce Dallas Lacks
Michael Hinojosa and Jennifer Ryan Crozier, The Dallas Morning News
A College Designed for Adults
Goldie Blumenstyk, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Trump’s Budget Proposes More Than $200 Billion in Cuts to Students
Marcella Bombardieri, Colleen Campbell, Antoinette Flores, Sara Garcia, CJ Libassi, and Ben Miller, Center for American Progress
The Student-Loan Problem That Won’t Go Away
Josh Mitchell, The Wall Street Journal
Scramble for Aid Money in Budget Deal
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
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