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.
June 17, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
One Surprising Barrier to College Success: Dense Higher Education Lingo
Andy Johnston, The Hechinger Report
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Cluttered with confusing terminology, densely worded academic documents are a surprisingly significant barrier to students—especially students who don’t have college counselors to help them or parents with higher educations.

Some colleges are taking steps to address this issue. Starting this past academic year, the University of Georgia produced a handbook (there’s also an online version) using simple and clear English that was mailed to more than 400 incoming freshmen who were the first in their families to go to college. Also translated into Spanish, Korean and Chinese, it includes a glossary of academic terms and acronyms that might be unfamiliar to most new students.

The Secret Is Out: The Potential for Apprenticeship Programming at Community Colleges
The EvoLLLution
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For students, apprenticeships provide an opportunity to gain relevant work skills and training for future jobs. For community colleges, apprenticeship programming creates ways to support the community, tighten relationships with employers and industry, and open up new revenue streams in a challenging environment. 

In this interview, Rebecca Lake of Harper College reflects on the value of Registered Apprenticeship (RA) offerings and what it takes to build and scale successful apprenticeship programs.
How UTEP's President Made the University Into a National Research Institute and a Model for Educating First-Generation Students
Alfredo Corchado, The Dallas Morning News
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Diana Natalicio, president of the University of Texas at El Paso, is preparing to step down from her long-time position when she retires this summer. But the lessons she leaves will be far-reaching for generations to come.

Over the past four decades, including 31 years as president, Natalicio has shown how education can transform a community from one with an inferiority complex—crippled by low wages and few opportunities—into one that believes in itself and succeeds.
Jamie Merisotis
Over-Enrolled, Virginia Tech Offers Some New Students Financial Incentives to Wait
Abigail Clukey, NPR
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Emmanuel Mahgerefteh has wanted to attend Virginia Tech for as long as he can remember. After applying early to the engineering school, he was thrilled to get accepted. But an email he received two weeks ago has led him and his family to re-evaluate his plans for next fall.

Last month, Virginia Tech offered about 1,500 incoming in-state freshmen financial incentives to delay enrollment after the school over-enrolled by more than a thousand students. Nearly 8,000 students accepted offers from an admission cycle of 30,000-plus applicants.

Georgetown CEW Report: Manufacturing Labor Force Upskilling and Downsizing
LaMont Jones, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
This Economy Is Not Aging Gracefully
Eduardo Porter, The New York Times
Opinion: Skills Growth Will Move Needle on Economy
Garrett McInnis, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal
Moving From Predictive to Prescriptive AI
Ellen Ullman, eCampus News
Greenwich Coaches Help Student Reach Academic Heights
Robert Marchant, U.S. News & World Report
What Does the Future of Work Look Like for Women?
Rasheeda Childress, Associations Now
Meeting of HBCU Groups Explores Opportunities
LaMont Jones, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Blog: Making the JOBS Act Work
Mary Alice McCarthy and Livia Lam, The Hill
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