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Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
July 13, 2018
Mixing and Matching Cal State Online Courses for Free
Mark Lieberman, Inside Higher Ed
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Many institutions allow residential students to dabble in online courses as they work through their schedule of face-to-face classes. The California State University System takes that offering one step further, presenting full-time students at all of the system’s 23 institutions with the option to enroll for free in one online course per semester at another Cal State institution.
Study: States Are Getting Smarter About Data-Driven Policy
Matt Parke, WorkingNation
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Data-driven and evidence-based policies could become the standard for states looking to allocate resources wisely and create better outcomes for residents.

This type of thinking resulted in Colorado partnering with the Markle Foundation to promote Skillful, a resource for employers and job seekers to identify translatable skills for workers without college degrees. Nineteen other states embrace the program through the Skillful State Network, which allows them to share their results, strengthen local workforce pipelines, and increase skills-based hiring practices.

Access Woes Persist for Students of Lesser Means
Jeremy Bauer-Wolf, Inside Higher Ed
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While institutions have focused on enrolling more high school graduates and seeing them through to commencement, new federal data suggest that students from lower socioeconomic classes still struggle to enroll in college and graduate.

Setting the Agenda for Tennessee’s HBCUs
Tiffany Pennamon, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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Brittany L. Mosby says she is in the role of her dreams as the nation’s first director of HBCU Success for the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.

Serving as an advocate for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and equity and inclusion in higher education, Mosby’s office will promote improved transfer pathways from community colleges to larger institutions, as well as encourage dual-enrollment opportunities for students and articulation agreements and partnerships between Tennessee’s HBCUs and local community colleges.
Blog: Top Higher Ed Stories for the 2018-19 Academic Year
Noel Gallagher, The Educated Reporter
Universities Share Tech-Enhanced Advising Strategies
Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed
Blog: 10 Ways to Make the College Experience Better for All Students
Rachel Pleasants McDonnell, Jobs for the Future
HBCU Leaders Push to Make their Campuses More LGBTQ Inclusive
Sarah Wood, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Commentary: Now More Than Ever, We Need Diversity in Admissions
Mark G. Yudof and Rachel F. Moran, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Getting Repayment Rates Right
Center for American Progress
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