Top stories in higher ed for Tuesday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
January 16, 2018
New Program Teaches Welding to Women in Southern Indiana Prison
Kate Springer, WDRB
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Some female inmates at the Madison Correctional Facility in Indiana are learning new work skills, and sparking hope for a better future. The women are part of a program that teaches the basics of welding, an in-demand trade that could mean a high-paying job.

UWM Has One of the Worst Black, White Achievement Gaps in the U.S. Here’s What the University Is Doing About It
Karen Herzog, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) has struggled for years to change the trajectory of students who don't make it to graduation. Only 21 percent of African-Americans who enroll full time at UWM graduate in six years. The number for white students is 24 percentage points higher.

Officials at UWM are trying to close this gap with support networks that address academics, teaching approaches, emergency funding, and more. 
Transfer Under One Roof
Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed
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While policy makers push vocational education as an alternative to the bachelor’s degree, Utah Valley University does both as a dual-role community college and university that enrolls 37,000 students.
Photo: Ty Wright
Relationships Are Central to the Student Experience. Can Colleges Engineer Them?
Beckie Supiano, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Having a mentor can help students academically, and is even linked to their later well-being. Such connections can’t be forced—but they can be encouraged.

Closing the Gap Through Diversity: Liz Lewis of Takeda Pharmaceuticals
Ramona Schindelheim, WorkingNation
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Businesses around the globe are all facing the same issue: finding enough people to fill the highly skilled roles available. Through mentorship and STEM education, Liz Lewis of Takeda Pharmaceuticals is trying to close gender gaps and inspire women to take on leadership roles in the vital industry of life sciences.
UNH Grant Hopes to Address Lack of Manufacturing Workforce
Paul Briand, Foster's Daily Democrat
Opinion: Higher Education, Economic Development Are Tied Together
Morris Foster and Larry Filer, The Virginian-Pilot
Schools to Train Adults in Manufacturing
Paul Tennant, The Eagle-Tribune
College Freshmen Reflect on GEAR UP Program
Meghan Mangrum, Chattanooga Times Free Press
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