Top stories in higher ed for Thursday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
July 19, 2018
Who Lives in Education Deserts?
Ben Myers, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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For most college students, place matters. And closer is often better. Studying close to home, family, and community can be even more vital for the roughly one in four undergraduate students who are considered nontraditional—those who are older, have child-care duties, work full time, or attend college part time.

Many students, however, live in “education deserts,” where there are few, if any, college choices near by. What would it take to make sure distance doesn’t prevent students from obtaining a college degree? Experts say that easier transfer requirements, partnerships between public colleges and selective colleges in underserved areas, more-aggressive rural recruitment, and even shuttle services could help ease the burden on desertbound students.

St. John's College Teaching Students to 'Learn How to Learn'
James Paterson, Education Dive
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College is supposed to help young people prepare for the future. But as headlines warn that automation and technology may change—or end—work as we know it, parents, students, and universities are grappling with a new question: How do you educate a new generation for a world we can’t even imagine?

St. John's College thinks it has an answer. The institution offers students a unique liberal arts experience at its two campuses in Maryland and New Mexico that reminds some of a bygone era. Via strict adherence to its own curated curriculum and teaching methods, the emphasis is on creative and critical thinking and helping students learn how to learn.
A New Two-Year College in Chicago
Emma Whitford, Inside Higher Ed
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A new private two-year college will open its doors on the west side of Chicago this fall with the goal of preparing Latino students with limited English and no high school diploma for middle-income positions.

Founded by the Instituto del Progreso Latino, Instituto College will welcome its first class of about 24 students into a pilot nursing program. Eventually, the new college hopes to train students in five additional subject areas: health-care leadership, production and operations, manufacturing management, networking technology, and organizational leadership.
First Class in Second Chance Pell Program
Sam Bonacci, Community College Daily
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Twenty-two inmates at the Massachusetts Correctional Institute received their small business management certificate last month from Mount Wachusett Community College (MWCC). Their achievement is the result of a national pilot program designed to provide education as a means of reducing recidivism and easing the transition out of prison. 

MWCC is one of 65 colleges and universities participating in the Second Chance Pell Pilot Program. 

This Is What Work Will Look Like in 2100
Jarod Lindzon, Fast Company
Kenzie Academy Scores $4.2 Million, Plans to Expand School
Anthony Schoettle, Indianapolis Business Journal
Commentary: How School Choice Is About to Fundamentally Change
Mark A. Elgart & Belle S. Wheelan, Education Week
Essay: Connecting Across the Community College and Ivy League Divide
Ross Gittell and Julie Johnson, Inside Higher Ed
Should Colleges Be More Open With Students About Employment Odds?
Maureen Downey, Atlanta Journal Constitution
Autonomy of Traditional Accrediting Bodies 'Waning'
Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
Essay: The Case for Assessment
Matthew DeSantis, Inside Higher Ed
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