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.
July 2, 2018
San Jacinto College Students Get Free Online Textbooks and ‘Aid Like a Paycheck’
Tiffany Pennamon, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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San Jacinto College's efforts around student success are going beyond the traditional means of access, affordability, and completion. 

Through the Pasadena, Texas-based school’s Open Educational Resources (OER) program and the “Aid like a Paycheck” initiative, San Jac students have saved nearly $1.5 million in textbook costs. The college also has reduced student loan default rates and increased student retention each semester.
College Transparency Act Builds Momentum
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
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Senator John Cornyn last week quietly signed on to a bill that would overturn the ban on a federal postsecondary student-level data system.

Advocates for the College Transparency Act say the Texas Republican’s support doesn’t just mean one more co-sponsor for the legislation. The decision by Cornyn, the second-ranking GOP senator, also suggests the kind of bipartisan support that could make stronger federal data inevitable.

Delta College Fast Start™ Programs Ensure Local Talent Is Not for Export
Matt Parke, WorkingNation
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When The Dow Chemical Company needs workers at its Michigan Operations plants in Midland, it doesn't have to wait long to find skilled homegrown talent for available job openings thanks to a partnership with Delta College and Great Lakes Bay Michigan Works.

The school's Chemical Process Fast Start™ training program takes qualified students like Trevor Engwis and Spencer Mulder through an accelerated 13-week training that matches exactly what they would see on the manufacturing floor. Fast Start programs begin and end based on needs of the employer and culminate in a job interview for graduates. 

Abundant Data on Campuses Should Be Refined and Shared
James Paterson, Education Dive
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College and university departments, once protective of their data, are learning how to share information across silos and improve student outcomes in the process. 

At Coppin State University in Baltimore, for example, silos prevented staff members from making informed decisions that could support student success. The university turned to Blackboard Analytics to “democratize” its data, and now a central dashboard makes all public information available to all employees.
Las Vegas Summit Highlights Need for Workplace Learning
Bailey Schulz, Las Vegas Review-Journal
SNU Program Helps Adult Students Finish Their Degrees
Michaela Marx Wheatley, The Oklahoman
Boosting Career Readiness in Dallas
Tom Vander Ark, Forbes
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