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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 29, 2019
Stackable Credentialing: Redefining the Modern Community College
The EvoLLLution
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Stackable credentials can provide students with a promising pathway to earn competitive wages while progressing toward high-quality education outcomes.

Sandra Kurtiniti, president of the Community College of Baltimore County, reflects on how stackable credentialing models support the mission of community colleges, as well as her institution's work to create stackable programming. 

Jamie Merisotis
Car Mechanic Shifts Gears, Becomes a Doctor at Age 47 and Helps Address Shortage of Black Doctors
Michael K. McIntyre, The Plain Dealer
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Carl Allamby became an expert diagnostician after spending his childhood ducking his head under the hoods of Chevys and Fords with the older guys in his East Cleveland neighborhood. If a car whined and growled while turning, or if it squeaked on startup, he could run through a checklist in his head, zero in on the problem, and fix it.

Today, after graduating from medical school at age 47, the car mechanic is now a people mechanic as an emergency medicine resident at Cleveland Clinic Akron General hospital. He’s done more than rebuild his own career: He has narrowed, by one, the huge gap in Black doctors in this country, particularly Black male doctors.

Jamie Merisotis
Five Years Since Starbucks Offered to Help Baristas Attend College, How Many Have Graduated?
Rebecca Koenig, EdSurge
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It’s been five years since the launch of the Starbucks College Achievement Plan, an initiative that combines scholarship and reimbursement funds to help baristas, store managers, and other employees earn their first bachelor’s degrees at minimal personal cost. 

Having learned what works and what doesn’t for this group of adult learners, officials at both the coffee company and Arizona State University say they remain optimistic they’ll fill the venti-sized goal they originally set for themselves: reaching 25,000 graduates by 2025.

Tribal Colleges Struggle to Connect
Sara Weissman, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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A couple of weeks ago, the Wi-Fi in the Arizona home of Shawn Nez kept flickering on and off. Nez is in Pima County, home to the capitol of the Tohono O’odham Nation. He graduated from the local tribal college, Tohono O’odham Community College, in 2016, before transferring to Navajo Technical University.

The halting Wi-Fi Nez describes isn’t uncommon in tribal lands—and it’s a long-standing challenge for tribal colleges and universities. Internet connectivity issues put a strain on students, preventing them from completing class assignments and keeping in touch with faculty. 

Transcript Revolution
Greta Anderson, Inside Higher Ed
Rethinking Remedial Education in the Nation’s Community Colleges
Tiffany Pennamon, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Affordability Principles for Reauthorizing the Higher Education Act
Colleen Campbell and Ben Miller, Center for American Progress
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