Top stories in higher ed for Monday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
January 7, 2019
How Educational Opportunity Programs Graduate First-Generation College Students
Wayne D'Orio, The Hechinger Report
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Educational Opportunity Programs, a feature of university systems in several states across the country, have shown that a carefully structured combination of demanding academics and intensive supports can launch vulnerable students to success during their first year in college. Students then often go on to graduate at higher rates than their peers.

Charter ‘Career Academy’ Would Combine High School, College
Holly Ramer, Associated Press
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By the time he graduates from Spaulding High School in June, P.J. Perkins will already have interviewed with a local aerospace manufacturing company. And the ink will barely be dry on his diploma when he collects a college certificate a few days later.

Perkins and 10 others are part of a pilot program that New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu wants to expand statewide. Students spend their mornings at the high school before heading across the street to Great Bay Community College, where they are earning certificates in advanced composites manufacturing at no cost to their families. In early June, they will have job interviews with Safran Aerospace Composites, a subsidiary of a company that makes aircraft engines and satellite propulsion systems.

Thinking Outside the Box on Block Scheduling
Wayne Wheeler, Community College Daily
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The block model for academic scheduling is an age-old idea that has recently found international appeal.

Notably, only a handful of mostly private, small liberal arts colleges and universities in the United States currently use the block model, including Cornell College (Iowa), Colorado College, Tusculum University (Tennessee), and University of Montana Western. But a recent Australian version may provide new inspiration and spur more out-of-the-box innovation here in America as U.S. higher education institutions-including community colleges-evolve and continue to seek promising practices that can increase student retention, success, and completion.

Function Follows Form: How Two Colleges Redesigned the Classroom for Active Learning
Devin Murphy and Grace Gardner, EdSurge
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Although a wealth of research suggests that active learning increases student engagement and improves academic outcomes, many college campuses struggle to get faculty to shift away from traditional, sage-on-a-stage style teaching practices. But some institutions are gaining traction using a novel approach: leveraging the expertise of facilities and information technology staff to support the redesign of classroom learning experiences.

Opinion: Prerequisite for Brain Power Is Brain Development
Bill Crawford, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal
CUNY Researchers to Study Community College to Four-Year Institution Transfer
Monica Levitan, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Overhauling Rules for Higher Ed
Andrew Kreighbaum and Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed
'Complete 2 Compete' Helps Mississippi's Adults Finish College Degrees
Dillon Mulan, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal
Opinion: To Sustain the Texas Miracle, Legislators Must Reform School Funding
Dale Petroskey and Chris Nielsen, Dallas Morning News
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