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 11, 2018
Inside the Campaign to Help Feed Hungry College Students
Kei-Sygh Thomas, The 74
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Rachel Sumekh, founder and CEO of Swipe Out Hunger, believes that a basic need like access to food should not stand in the way of students and their diplomas. The nonprofit works closely with colleges to implement meal-sharing programs, serving over 1.4 million meals to food-insecure students on 36 campuses.

Chamber Calls for Better Alignment of Degrees, Jobs
Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed
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In his annual address on the top challenges facing the business sector, Tom Donohue, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, called for "bold education reform" and for college degree programs to be more relevant for available jobs.
Notre Dame Researchers Work to Decrease Community College Drop-Outs
Jennifer Weingart, WFYI
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Mentorship support may vastly improve the chances of community college students completing an associate's degree, according to researchers at the University of Notre Dame.
Pomp and Circumstance: Tennessee Prisoners Earn Degrees Behind Bars
Stephanie Carson, Public News Service
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More than 20 male prisoners in Tennessee recently celebrated the completion of the associate degrees they earned while behind bars. It's the first such group to receive the honor in more than 20 years.

The inmates will graduate at the Turney Center Industrial Complex as part of a program with Nashville State Community College that's coordinated by the Tennessee Higher Education Initiative. 

 

Report: Students Need More Data on Potential Earnings of Graduate Programs
Joelle Fredman, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
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