Top stories in higher ed for Thursday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
January 10, 2019
Retirees to Embrace Campus Life
Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed
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The future residents of a new housing at Arizona State University won't be typical college students. They'll be people in their 60s, 70s, and up.

The housing complex on the university's Tempe campus will be a retirement community with a twist: The residents will be able to take classes, make use of campus facilities such as the library with university-issued ID cards, and immerse themselves in university life as much, or as little, as they like. They'll also be encouraged to mentor and build relationships with younger students.

The School for College Dropouts
Adrienne Day, NationSwell
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A promising degree-completion model called College Unbound is designed to help adults with some college credit but no degree get back on track and graduate. Many of the learners that College Unbound caters to are underrepresented, nontraditional college students who have full-time, low-wage jobs.

In this interview, the founder of College Unbound, Dennis Littky, discusses how the school supports adult students, why a bachelor of arts degree still matters, and how to get credit for one's "life" work.

This New Program Aims to Train the Growing Freelance Workforce
Yuki Noguchi, NPR
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New York City is testing a new model of workforce training for the future.

In October, the city partnered with the Freelancers Union to open the first freelance-focused workforce training program of its kind in the country. Called Freelancers Hub, the effort is a communal co-working space that offers classes, tax and legal advice, all at no cost, to the city's growing population of freelance workers. Its goal: to equip this population with the skills they need to thrive.

This Scholarship Program Gives Students More Than Money
Fred de Sam Lazaro, PBS NewsHour
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The success of college scholarship recipients across the country varies widely. A program in Minnesota boasts a four-year graduation rate one and a half times better than the national average. Recipients of Wallen Education Partners come from the most economically disadvantaged families in Minnesota, and most are first-generation college students.

The college-completion effort combines multiple sources of financial aid with dedicated advisors, mentoring, networking, and comprehensive support for scholars throughout their college experience and beyond.

Getting the Word Out About SNAP Benefits
Matthew Debicki, Community College Daily
Turning Second Chances Into Real Jobs
Hilary Potkewitz, Crain's New York Business
New Innovation Director Plots Tech-Jobs Strategy
Thomas Breen, New Haven Independent
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