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Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
January 15, 2019
The (Missed) Potential of Transfer Students at Elite Colleges
Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed
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A new report from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation finds that the more competitive colleges are in admissions, the less likely they are to admit transfer students from community colleges. And indeed most of those admitted as transfers to competitive colleges are coming from other four-year institutions, not community colleges, the report says.

This is despite evidence in the report that community college students who enroll do succeed and are more likely than those admitted as freshmen to be from underrepresented minority groups, from low-income backgrounds, or to be veterans of the U.S. military. 

Providing a New Lease on Life
David Liebler, AACC 21st Century Center
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Restorative justice at its finest. That's how officials at Shasta College describe a local program aimed at changing lives.

Created in 2013 by Shasta County and Shasta College, the Shasta Technical Education Program-United Partnership (STEP UP) is designed to give formerly incarcerated individuals the kind of educational opportunities that result in employment.

STEP UP provides six different educational and training programs: business and office administration, automotive technology, heavy equipment operation and maintenance, welding and wildfire fighting. The programs are the result of an earlier economic survey that examined the local job market and potential employment opportunities. 

Building Bridges
Heather Boerner, Community College Daily
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Like many community colleges across the country, South Texas College is making the connection between a growing immigrant and refugee population and regional skills gaps. In response, the college has created an integrated career pathway program that teaches English within the context of what students are interested in: jobs to support their families and the region's economy.

Students in Rural America Ask, ‘What Is a University Without a History Major?’
Mitch Smith, The New York Times
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Chancellor Bernie Patterson's message to the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point campus was blunt: To remain solvent and relevant, his 125-year-old university needed to reinvent itself. Some long-standing liberal arts degrees, including those in history, French and German, would be eliminated. Career-focused programs would become a key investment. 

Patterson's plan comes as Stevens Point and many other public universities in rural America face a crisis. Such colleges have served as anchors for their regions, educating generations of residents. Now student enrollment has plummeted, money from states has dropped and demographic trends promise even worse days ahead. 

Is AI a Game-Changer for Higher Ed?
Elmore Alexander, eCampus News
Can MOOCs Predict the Future of Online Education?
Jonathan Shaw, Harvard Magazine
Editorial: Got Apprenticeship?
The Daily Sentinel
Opinion: More IT Jobs Than There Are IT Workers
Ali Bokhari, San Antonio Express-News
Report Outlines Extent of Student Hunger
Dustin Luca, Gloucester Daily Times
Essay: An Overlooked Solution for Diversifying STEM
Adrianna Kezar and Elizabeth Holcombe, Inside Higher Ed
Blog: Locked Out?
Matt Reed, Confessions of a Community College Dean
Commentary: Revisiting Remedial Education in Nevada
Thom Reilly, Las Vegas Review-Journal
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