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 22, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
New Effort Focuses on Increasing Community College Success for Women Students
Jamal Watson, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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A new initiative called Community College Women Succeed aims to help adult women learners make it to and through college. The effort is the result of a partnership between Achieving the Dream and the Biden Foundation. 

Single mothers in college will be a key focus of the new initiative. According to the Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR), only 8 percent of single mothers who start college earn an associate or bachelor's degree within six years because of struggles in juggling work, school, and parenting. The initiative will work directly with these students and advocates to determine how to create effective support systems to raise graduation rates.

Earning More Credentials
Matthew Dembicki, Community College Daily
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Many students earning two- and four-year degrees already have a prior credential, whether a certificate, associate degree, or baccalaureate, according to a new National Student Clearinghouse Research Center study. 

The report also says students are increasingly earning more than one credential.
House Committee Plans Hearings on Higher Ed
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
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Lawmakers on the House Education and Labor Committee announced Thursday that they are planning a series of bipartisan hearings as part of an effort to reauthorize the Higher Education Act.

The five hearings will focus on the cost of college, accountability for institutions, degree completion, the role of community colleges and minority-serving institutions, and innovation.
Jamie Merisotis
California’s Black Students Lag in College Completion Despite Some Gains
Larry Gordon, EdSource
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Growing racial equity gaps obstruct the promise of educational opportunity for Black students in California and diminish the economic potential of the entire state, says a new report from the Campaign for College Opportunity.

The study offers a number of recommendations for improvement, including the creation of a strategy that enables Black students who started college but didn't finish to return and earn a degree.

What Higher Ed Can Learn From the Newspaper Industry
Scott Carlson, The Chronicle of Higher Education
How Apprenticeships Bridge the Skills Gap
Adrienne Selko, IndustryWeek
In His Father’s Footsteps
Amanda Waldroupe, Oregon Business
Building a Fast Track to College
Education Reform Now and the Alliance for Excellent Education
State of Higher Education for Black Californians
Campaign for College Opportunity
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