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 24, 2019
UCF DirectConnect Consortium Boosts Bachelor’s Degree Attainment
LaMont Jones, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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Victor Rodriguez has gone from a subpar high school grade average to acceptance at one of America’s top graduate schools. He credits his achievement in part to a program created by the University of Central Florida (UCF) that helps minority, first-generation, and other underrepresented transfer students earn a bachelor’s degree.

DirectConnect to UCF guarantees admission to students from partner community colleges who obtain an associate of arts or an articulated associate of science degree. The effort has helped thousands of students such as Rodriguez earn bachelor's degrees while also changing the racial and ethnic makeup of UCF's student body. 

Jamie Merisotis
There’s a New Pipeline to White-Collar Jobs. It Starts With Apprenticeships.
Steven Johnson, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Rebecca Lake, dean of workforce and economic development at Harper College in Palatine, Illinois, has been getting lots of calls. The latest involves a lengthy chat with a technical college in Kansas. Administrators there, like the others, want to know how they can join the two-year colleges that are exploring apprenticeships, including in white-collar fields.

Lake, and the Chicago area generally, are at the forefront of a small but growing movement that is changing how some students enter white-collar jobs. Apprenticeships, most often concentrated in manual trades like construction and manufacturing, are nothing new. But some companies are starting them in professions that traditionally require four-year degrees.

Jamie Merisotis
As College Enrollment Falls, Recruiters Descend on a State That Still Has Lots of Applicants
Matt Krupnick, The Hechinger Report
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Busloads of boisterous high school students from across the Los Angeles basin poured into the Pasadena Convention Center recently, where higher education institutions from around the world were poised to pitch them.

While most colleges and universities are scrambling for students, there are so many high school graduates in California that the state doesn’t have enough room for them in its public and private colleges and universities. In 2016, California exported 40,000 first-time college students to institutions elsewhere, according to the Public Policy Institute of California.

What Would Change With Test-Only Admissions?
Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed
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These days there is much discussion about colleges going test-optional in admissions, and relying primarily on high school grades for evaluating applicants' academic potential. But what if colleges went in the other direction—and made decisions only on the basis of SAT or ACT scores?

The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce decided to conduct what it calls a "thought experiment" on such a system. And that experiment found that the use of test scores alone would result in a significantly different student body—more white and more wealthy—than is admitted now. 

Non-Degree Certificates Buy High Value
Anne Ball, Voice of America
Opinion: Figuring Out Ohio's Workforce Puzzle Is Critical
Lisa Gray, Crain's Cleveland Business
Higher Education Still Gateway to Future
Paul Brooks, Times Herald-Record
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