Top stories in higher ed for Friday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
January 5, 2018
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In Rural Maine, a University Eliminates Most Fs in an Effort to Increase Graduation Rates
Robbie Feinberg, The Hechinger Report
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University officials at the University of Maine at Presque Isle are hoping to improve their institution and upgrade Northern Maine’s workforce with a new competency-based learning initiative. Before students can move on to the next level, and eventually receive a diploma, they must first show that they’ve mastered specific skills or knowledge.

Cal State Must Improve Online Education Across Campuses, Study Urges
Larry Gordon, EdSource
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To help boost graduation rates, the Cal State system needs to make it easier for students to take online classes offered by CSU campuses, a state Legislative Analyst report says. The study notes that many Cal State students find it difficult to even learn about the availability of such classes systemwide and also face technological hurdles in accessing and using the computer-based learning programs. 
New York Governor Proposes Legislation to End Hunger at All Public State Schools
Tiffany Pennamon, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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New York is stepping up efforts to eliminate food insecurity among college students with a proposed initiative requiring all public campuses to have a physical food pantry or other “stigma-free” arrangements for students to receive food. 
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The Intersection of College and Industry
Mary S. Graham, Community College Daily
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Persistent poverty and high unemployment rates across the Mid-South underscore the importance of and need for institutions to “intersect” with business and industry as a way to provide a solution for the shortfall in skilled workers.

Educational Road Bumps in 2017
Reginald Stuart, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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Looking back on 2017, higher education appears to have been on a bumpy, roller coaster back seat ride. This assessment comes from a wide range of higher education executives, who collectively express hopes for a better 2018.
Louisiana Businesses Benefit From Custom Workforce Training Programs
Louisiana Economic Development, The Business Journals
Views: College Degrees That Lead to Jobs
Derionne Pollard, AACC 21st Century Center
Michigan CC Masters Student Transfer Processes
Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
Barnes & Noble Develops Degree-Planning Tool
Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed
Idaho Governor to Push for Higher Education Changes
Kimberlee Kruesi, Associated Press
Life as a First-Generation College Student
Rose Aguilar and Laura Flynn, KALW
Who Is Studying Online (and Where)
Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed
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