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.
January 12, 2018
A Homegrown Approach to Student Success
Jill Williams, Community College Daily
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At New River Community College in Virginia, student support has changed from a purely invitational model to one of intentional engagement. Instead of waiting for students to ask for help, the school reaches out to students when data, generated by faculty and staff, indicate they need support. 

Turning a Football Field Into a Farm: How the ‘Urban Work College’ Could Lower College Costs
Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge
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President Michael Sorrell took over Paul Quinn College in 2007, when it nearly lost its accreditation. He immediately cut the football program and turned the field into a farm. Sorrell has focused on building a new model for higher education, one that mixes work-readiness with expanding minds, and at a price that more students can afford.
In New Budget Proposal, California Higher Ed Gets Modest Funding and a Big Online College
Eric Kelderman, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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A new online community college program for California working adults is a key centerpiece of Gov. Jerry Brown's recently unveiled budget proposal. The effort is meant to provide flexibility for an estimated 2.5 million adults who want to improve their job skills by earning certificates or other nondegree credentials. The online courses will use a competency-based approach that advances students based on their knowledge, not on time spent in the classroom.
Caution on Expanding Community College 4-Year Degrees
Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed
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Despite enthusiasm for four-year degrees offered by California community colleges, a state report calls for more time before expanding the programs. The study also cites questions about whether offering bachelor’s degrees detracts from community colleges’ core mission and whether those institutions would be better off expanding their collaboration with the state’s public universities.

Governor: Workforce Development Will Define Indiana
Scott L. Miley, The Herald Bulletin
7 Facts About the STEM Workforce
Nikki Graf, Richard Fry, and Cary Funk, Pew Research Center
Modeling Student Success
Walter Hudson, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
'Dreamers’ Deserve a Solution, Texas Higher Education Chief Says
Ralph K.M. Haurwitz, Austin American-Statesman
Following Through on A Promise
Aneurin Canham-Clyne, New Haven Independent (Connecticut)
Blog: What’s Working: The Power of Networks
Allan Golston, The Huffington Post
Expanding Opportunities Through Middle-Skills Education
U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee
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