Top stories in higher ed for Monday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
January 22, 2018
Education Innovators Competing for $50,000 in Prizes
John Duong, Lumina Foundation
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Lumina Foundation's $50,000 Education Innovation Prize is set for March 27 in New York. The challenge is focused on generating innovative ideas that can help U.S. adults with little to no college experience earn degrees, certificates, and other high-quality credentials. 

Challenge participants have until March 2 to submit their ideas.
New Initiative Seeks to Unite Native-Serving Institutions
Joseph Hong, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) has launched a new consortium to help Native-Serving Institutions (NSIs) build networks, tailor strategies to a population that is vastly underserved, and speak with a strong and common voice on legislative and policy matters. 

New, MIT-Based Program Proposes Transforming Physicists, Engineers Into Teachers
Jon Marcus, The Hechinger Report
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Based at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Woodrow Wilson Academy of Teaching and Learning is a pioneering approach that takes people with experience in high-demand fields such as engineering, physics, math, languages, biology and neuroscience, and transforms them into teachers. The candidates’ previous experience and skills help speed them through the process.
A Path for Everyone
Dennis Pierce, Community College Daily
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Chris Hansen is one of nine re-entry navigators for the state of Washington, tasked with helping inmates get the job training and employment they need to be productive citizens upon their release. The navigator positions were established by the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges with a grant from the Department of Corrections.

In creating these positions, the state board recognized the critical role that community colleges play in preparing nontraditional students for successful careers.

Washington Lawmakers Propose College Pilot Program to Accommodate Homeless Students
Enrique Perez De La Rosa, KUOW
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Going to college can be hard, but it’s especially difficult for students experiencing homelessness. Under a new program being considered by Washington lawmakers, state colleges may offer laundry facilities, showers, and meals to homeless students, along with short-term housing on college property or help them pay for a place to live.

Tapping Apprenticeships to Address the Skills Gap
Tabitha Whissemore, Community College Daily
Tennessee on Track to Meet Education Goals
Brian Graves. Cleveland Daily Banner
Goal-Oriented Nevada Higher Education System Gets New Focus
Natalie Bruzda, Las Vegas Review-Journal
Federal Shutdown Won’t Cause Chaos in Higher Ed — Unless It Drags On
Eric Kelderman, The Chronicle of Higher Education
New Bid to Overhaul College Admissions
Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed
Connecting Low-Income Students to Good Jobs and Careers
The Center for Law and Social Policy
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