Top stories in higher ed for Friday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
July 6, 2018
FAMU’s IGNITE Boosts Transfer Student Population
Tiffany Pennamon, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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Florida A&M University is on track to increase its transfer student enrollment to 1,100 by 2020 through new partnerships with Florida College Systems (FCS) schools and community colleges this year.

Starting in the fall, FAMU’s transfer student program, IGNITE, will partner with Florida State College at Jacksonville, Florida Gateway College, and Pasco-Hernando State College, providing incoming students with the opportunity to reduce their cost of attending a four-year university and streamline their time to degree completion.
Fresh Ideas to Help Adult Learners Succeed
Goldie Blumenstyk, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Most colleges still get it wrong when it comes to recruiting adult students. Rather than offering them another chance, says University of Louisville's Matt Bergman, "we've got to flip that and say, 'Give us another chance.'"

Colleges and universities are taking note, making themselves more accessible to adult learners with programs, services, and support. Some offer credit-based assessments of students' prior learning; others are making it easier for adults to use public-benefits programs while they attend college. And some are creating programs that provide evening child care for students who also are parents. 

More High School Grads Than Ever Are Going to College, But 1 in 5 Will Quit
Jon Marcus, The Hechinger Report
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The proportion of high school graduates going on to college has been rising, but the proportion who stay once they get there is flat or down, new federal data show. 

"It’s not just about getting them in the door. It’s about making sure they come back from one year to the next,” says Eboni Zamani-Gallaher of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Education. “That’s the conundrum we still haven’t gotten figured out yet.”

New realities are conspiring to address this challenge. For instance, legislatures and governors in many states are tying university budgets to such things as retention. At least 32 states now make funding contingent on success rates, including the number of degrees awarded and student progress toward degrees.

Acting Locally, Thinking Globally. Cisco’s Solution to the Skills Gap
Ramona Schindelheim, WorkingNation
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California-based tech giant Cisco has turned a local need for a skilled workforce into a powerful learning platform with a global reach. More than eight million students have trained online or in person through the Cisco Networking Academy, learning networking, programming, security, and more. 

The program is having an impact: 1.6 million men and women who received training through the Networking Academy say they’ve gotten better jobs because of it.
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Brain Drain Leaves New Mexico Behind
Amy Linn, Santa Fe New Mexican
House Forms Panel Linked to Low-Income Students
The Chronicle (North Carolina)
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