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 26, 2019
How Learning Communities Can Keep Higher Ed’s Most At-Risk Students on Track
Katherine Mangan, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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As a high school student, Nicholas Coronado always sat in the last row to avoid bullies and keep his teacher from calling on him. He repeated that behavior at San Jacinto College. The placement test that left him clinging to the lowest rung of the remedial ladder just made him discouraged.

Before long, Coronado was resenting the work and thinking about dropping out. Things changed when he became involved with a learning community that offered academic support, mentoring, and career guidance to students who struggle with basic academic skills.
Jamie Merisotis
‘College Was Just Another Foreign Word. Then It Became a Dream for Every Student in My School’
Karoline Jimenez, The Hechinger Report
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For first-generation students, the dream of going to college is often complicated with financial and emotional challenges. Guidance counselors can help, but public high schools across the country struggle with staggering ratios of students to guidance counselors. 

Karoline Jimenez knows this reality firsthand. Jimenez was fortunate. She found a support network to guide her through the complex process of applying to college thanks to a peer college counseling program that started up at her Brooklyn high school. She continued to pay it forward as a college coach while attending Borough of Manhattan Community College. 

Jamie Merisotis
Building a Career, One Academic Step at a Time
John Hanc, The New York Times
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The educational path that led Candice Retas from an interest in studying music and the arts to a career in nursing was never planned; it just unfolded.

Actually, it was one credential, one academic building block at a time.

This step-by-step accumulation of credentials—two-year degree, certification, bachelor’s degree—is part of what many in higher education view as an important trend, one that can lead to careers in STEM professions hungry for skilled workers and open doors for older and lower-income students.

Alamo Promise Free Tuition Program Good Investment
San Antonio Express-News
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The Alamo Colleges District’s plan to provide tuition-free community college courses to graduating high school seniors could be a game changer for students in Bexar County, Texas. It also could provide a major boost to the economy of a community where only 33 percent of adults have an associate degree or higher.

Dubbed the Alamo Promise, the program has the potential to significantly increase the college-going rate, elevate the education level of the workforce, reduce generational poverty, and allow for social mobility among those being held back by income stagnation.
Workforce Training at Its Core
Tabitha Whissemore, Community College Daily
States Are Leading the Way on the Future of Work
Alastair Fitzpayne, The Aspen Institute
Struggling Community College Students Could Get a Helping Hand
Laura Waxmann, San Francisco Examiner (California)
Opinion: We Need to Fund Community Colleges
Melissa Cribbins, Coos Bay World (Oregon)
Opinion: New School Funding Approach Needed to Prepare Students for Jobs
Doug Maibach, Port Huron Times Herald (Michigan)
Early Departures
Jeremy Bauer-Wolf, Inside Higher Ed
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