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January 16, 2019
How ‘Micro-Internships’ Could Make All Types of Students More Employable
Goldie Blumenstyk, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Internships can be a great way for students to experience new fields of interest and the challenges of professional duties. But what about the students whose life circumstances don't allow them the luxury of relocating or taking on the equivalent of a second job, not to mention the students who lack the connections to land one?

Those are the students Jeff Moss had in mind in 2016, when he founded Parker Dewey. It's an online marketplace where employers post descriptions of paid short-term projects they'd like a student or recent graduate to tackle. 

As California Community Colleges Gear Up to Teach Less Remedial Math, One College Shows How It Can Be Done
Mikhail Zinshteyn, EdSource
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College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, California, has been a trailblazer for several years with its policy of placing more students in math classes that count for transfer instead of remedial courses.

The reforms at College of the Canyons reflect what community college officials hope many students will experience this year when the state's 114 community colleges must conform with a new state law known as AB 705. The law, which requires that students be given alternatives to remedial courses, was approved unanimously in 2017 by state lawmakers and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown to ensure more students pass the courses they need to earn degrees and transfer to four-year universities.

Minnesota Has a Persistent Higher-Ed Gap: Are New Efforts Making a Difference?
Kelly Field, The Hechinger Report
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Minnesota ranks among the most educated states in the country, with nearly half of adults aged 25 to 64 holding an associate degree or higher. But that impressive statistic masks severe racial disparities in degree completion: The state has the second largest attainment gap between whites and blacks in the nation.

The state's public colleges are taking a closer look at their longstanding achievement gaps and experimenting with new ways of closing them. Some are revamping remedial education, a major stumbling block for students who are forced to repeat subjects they should have learned in high school. 

Others have started programs that seek to ease the transition into college, creating a sense of community and belonging among students who may not feel welcome there.

Giving a Nudge: How Digital Alerts Can Keep Students on Track
Natalie Schwartz, Education Dive
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College leaders are increasingly looking to nudges as a strategic intervention to buoy student success. So far, the results are promising, with various studies finding they've helped to reduce summer melt, boost enrollment, and increase retention. But experts on nudging warn it isn't a magic bullet, and can even push students out of college if the nudges aren't well-designed.

Alumni Networks Less Helpful Than Advertised
Zac Auter and Stephanie Marken, Gallup
Homeless for the Holidays
Jeremy Bauer-Wolf, Inside Higher Ed
Report Outlines Persistence of Community College Transfer Students
Tiffany Pennamon, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Miami Dade Lays New Paths to Math Success
Florida College Access Network
Commentary: Redoubling Our Commitment to Veteran Student Success
Diane Sedlmeir, University Business Magazine
Indiana Tech Internship Program Builds Workplace Skills
Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
Working Together to Meet Pressing Workforce Needs
Devinder Malhotra, Austin Daily Herald
Takedown of Online Education
Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed
Pathways to Re-Entry: Former Offenders in North Carolina’s Workforce System
Andrew Berger-Gross, North Carolina Department of Commerce
Investing in Futures: Economic and Fiscal Benefits of Postsecondary Education in Prison
Vera Institute of Justice and Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality
Does Online Education Live Up to Its Promise?
Center for Education Policy and Evaluation at George Mason University
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