Top stories in higher ed for Tuesday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
June 26, 2018
Higher Education Leaders Form Alliance to Meet Workforce Needs
Lauren Anderson, BizTimes
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When Foxconn Technology Group announced plans to build a factory in southeastern Wisconsin, the region's colleges were quick to pledge their willingness to add curricula, develop new programs, and customize training to meet the Taiwanese technology manufacturer's needs. 

Wisconsin's higher education leaders are now taking their work to strengthen the state's talent pipeline one step further with the creation of the Higher Education Regional Alliance, or HERA. Among the group's initial goals: raising the region's college completion rate; increasing program innovation, growth, and alignment; and connecting employers with the talent coming out of Wisconsin's colleges and universities.
Maine High Schoolers Take Crash Course on Rigors of College Life
Rachel Ohm, Portland Press Herald
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For 16-year-old Emily Glidden, summer days are usually filled with babysitting and spending time with friends. Last week, however, the senior at Winslow High School spent almost every waking hour studying at Thomas College. 

The Jobs for Maine's Graduates Summer Academy offers rising high school students like Gidden an opportunity to take a one-week intensive college course while also giving them a feel for the academic and financial rigors of campus life. Participants live in a dorm and eat on campus, at no cost. The idea is to raise aspirations and help students, many of whom will be the first in their family to attend college, successfully transition into postsecondary education and successful careers. 

The Single Best Way to Help Older Students? ‘Colleges Shouldn’t Make Adults Do Scavenger Hunts’
Goldie Blumenstyk, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Adult learners have unique needs and special academic challenges when it comes to going to or back to college and completing a postsecondary credential. 

Speaking from his own experience, Mike Krause, executive director of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, says colleges should help veterans, for example, “just enough.” They appreciate peer mentorship, but “veterans don’t need coddling."

First-Generation College Students More Engaged Than Peers
Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed
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New research from Campus Labs, a higher education data collection and software company, challenges perceptions about first-generation college students, showing strong academic engagement and commitment to college. But the group lagged behind their peers in social comfort and resiliency.
Defining and Delivering on Quality in Higher Education
Debra Humphreys, Medium
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Quality in postsecondary education, a growing concern for students and families, is getting a fresh look on several fronts, including in discussions around a proposed overhaul of the Higher Education Act (HEA) and in several state-level discussions.

Quality was a relatively minor issue 10 years ago when the HEA was reauthorized. But the public debate is now rife with ideas for improving quality assurance, reducing regulatory burden, and more directly and transparently connecting education and workforce outcomes.
Kokomo Company to Launch 'Earn & Learn' Programs
Alex Brown, Inside INdiana Business
Feedback on Summer Pell Program
David Baime, Community College Daily
Merging Education, Labor Departments Likely to Impact Higher Ed
LaMont Jones, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Commentary: Why We Should Spare the Education Department—for Now
Brian Rosenberg, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Ivy Tech Helps Steelworkers Learn While They Earn
Donna Kiesling, The Post-Tribune
Commentary: College Presidents Must Be Loud and Clear in Support of Immigration
David Oxtoby and Nancy Cantor, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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