Top stories in higher ed for Wednesday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
January 24, 2018
Getting a Fresh Start
AACC 21st Century Center
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A Daytona State College program called Fresh Start helps adults prepare to go back to school. Many Fresh Start students are unemployed or underemployed, lacking the skills and confidence needed to get training and jobs that will bring them above poverty level to financial security and economic stability.
School-University Partnership Seeks Ways to Improve Graduation Rates
Linda Jacobson, Education Dive
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Oregon has the fourth lowest high school graduation rate in the country. In 2016, approximately 25.2 percent of students did not graduate.

The University of Oregon’s College of Education has created a partnership with high schools in Oregon to improve these numbers. The program, called the Oregon Research Schools Network (ORSN), aims to teach professional development, offer dual credit to students, and conduct collaborative research.

For Women to Stay in Computer Science, Supportive Environment Is Key
Charlotte Tuggle, WBAA
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Universities are seeing success in recruiting more women to their computer science programs, but making sure they want to stay in the major is a different challenge. 

That’s where student organizations such as Girls Who Code or WOLF PAC come in. Their goal is to connect women in the field and provide a support system.
Photo: Brittany Greeson
The Hope and Hype of the Academic Innovation Center
Beth McMurtrie, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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When students at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University complained of overwork yet felt underprepared to be practicing vets, professors knew they weren’t teaching as effectively as they could be. 

Enter the Hub for Innovation in Learning and Technology. Starting this fall, incoming students will be introduced to a new curriculum that includes three-week course modules, a competency-based approach, team teaching, and flipped classrooms.

Food Pantry Provides Assistance to ICC Students
Pam Adams, The Journal Star
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Increasingly, colleges across the country are recognizing that many students have to make tough choices between buying books, school supplies, housing, and food. 

Illinois Central College (ICC) is no exception. Terri Ingles, coordinator of access services, says she has seen students take books out of backpacks to make room for food from school's food pantry.

ICC began a small, word-of-mouth pantry in 2011 in a virtually hidden corner of the East Peoria campus. Last year, the facility moved to a more visible location and partnered with Midwest Food Bank.
Expert Views of U.S. Accreditation
U.S. Government Accountability Office
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