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 8, 2018
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Even With Help, Olympic Athletes Struggle to Balance Their Sports With College
Jon Marcus, The Hechinger Report/NPR
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Olympic athletes and hopefuls may comprise only a tiny handful of the nontraditional-age adults trying to get a college degree. But their struggles with finding the money and time to do it offer a surprising, high-performance illustration of the challenges legions of older students share in common.

The Real Future of Work
Danny Vinik, Politico
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Over the past two decades, the U.S. labor market has undergone a quiet transformation, as companies increasingly forgo full-time employees and fill positions with independent contractors, on-call workers, or temps—what economists have called “alternative work arrangements” or the “contingent workforce.” Most Americans still work in traditional jobs, but these new arrangements are growing—and the pace appears to be picking up.

Ivy Tech Hopes to Double Degree Output, Increase Enrollment
Hayleigh Colombo, Indianapolis Business Journal
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The new Ivy Tech Community College strategic plan has launched and it includes a target of 50,000 certifications, certificates, and degrees a year in areas aligned with the needs of Indiana's workforce.
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Filling America's 6 Million Job Vacancies
Lolade Fadulu, The Atlantic
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Real-time data on the labor market promise to finally help employers and job-seekers make better decisions. Will it work?

CTE Pathways That Start in High School
Ellie Ashford, Community College Daily
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Guided pathways offer clear, structured programs of study for students to follow through to graduation and into the workforce. And for many institutions with guided pathways, the work begins with high school students.

Are Prospective Students About to Disappear?
Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed
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A new book says most colleges—and the vast majority of nonelite institutions—are about to face severe shortage of potential students.
Opinion: New Year, Same College Graduate Skills Gap
Krista Tuomi and Paul Jeffries, The Hill
New Book on Breakaway Learners Puts the Focus on At-Risk Students
Linda Van Doren, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Adapting to Non-Traditional Students Creates Impetus to Innovate Traditional Models
Melissa Vito, Kasey Urquidez, and Vincent J. Del Casino Jr., The EvoLLLution
Today’s College Students Aren’t Who You Think
Melissa Korn and Kathryn Tam, The Wall Street Journal
More Community Colleges Are Hiring Chief Diversity Officers
Tiffany Pennamon, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
U. of Illinois Extends Tuition Freeze to Stem Enrollment Slide
Lee Gardner, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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