Top stories in higher ed for Wednesday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
June 27, 2018
Elevating College Completion
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A gap between those who enroll in higher education and those who graduate has been persistent, even as our economy shifts and increasingly makes a credential beyond high school a necessity, rather than a luxury, in the workforce. 

A new report from American Enterprise Institute and Third Way examines the current college comple­tion landscape, the major drivers of graduation rates, and the best levers for increasing completion both at individual institutions and systemwide.

From Community College to a Selective University
Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed
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Many community college students with high grade point averages aren't transferring to four-year institutions. According to the Aspen Institute's College Excellence Program, each year more than 50,000 community college students are prepared to do well at a four-year university but fail to transfer. And 15,000 of those students have earned at least a 3.7 GPA and could transfer to selective universities. 

There are several obstacles blocking even high-achieving community college students from transferring to a four-year institution. One is financial. Another issue: some community colleges aren't adequately advising students on what they need to do to be prepared for transfer.
Robots or Job Training: Manufacturers Grapple With How to Improve Their Economic Fortunes
Ben Casselman, The New York Times
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Mike Steffel never went to college, instead finding low-paying factory jobs. Now he is an apprentice toolmaker, sponsored by his employer, APT Manufacturing Solutions, in a two-year certificate program.

Steffel's training as a toolmaker is a skill that could ultimately earn him more than $70,000 a year with overtime. And the skills he is gaining are less easily replaced by robots.

APT views the training and the financial assistance it provides to cover the cost of college courses for its employees as a strategic investment and key to making the company more productive. 

Building a Foundation of Success: Lessons From Columbia College Chicago Online
The EvoLLLution
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Establishing or reshaping institutional perceptions around online education, and gaining faculty buy-in from the outset, is key to building a foundation on which an online platform can successfully meet real-time industry needs. 

In this interview, Stanley Wearden and Robert Green of Columbia College Chicago discuss the lessons they've learned in developing Columbia's brand-new online program directed at lifelong learners. 
Hard-Pressed by Soft Skills, CIOs Face Talent Challenge
Gary Beach, The Wall Street Journal
Investing in Career Education
AACC 21st Century Center
Should Working Learners Get a Tax Break?
Goldie Blumenstyk, The Chronicle of Higher Education
A Seat at the Table for KIPP Alumni
Tiffany Pennamon, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Blog: Performance-Based Funding Is Here to Stay
MacGregor Obergfell, New America
The Talent Blind Spot
The American Talent Initiative
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