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 19, 2018
Fixing Accreditation: The Third Rail of Higher Education Reform
Emily Bouck, The Hill
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Students expect they will receive tangible value from their college experience and successful outcomes in exchange for rising college costs. Rather than focusing on outcomes that matter, our national accreditation policy is one of mandates, compliance and nannying colleges and universities. We should instead focus accreditors on the urgent business of ensuring institutions produce results that will strengthen our economy, our workforce, and our national readiness.

Moving Beyond College Completion
Emma Whitford, Inside Higher Ed
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Since its creation in 2000, Lumina Foundation has focused almost entirely on college completion. But the foundation has now added racial justice and equity as a priority.

Lumina announced June 12 that it will provide $625,000 in grants to 19 colleges and universities with the goal of improving race relations on campus. The grants, part of Lumina's recently created Fund for Racial Justice and Equity, will fund efforts such as those at The University of California, Los Angeles. The school is using its grant to support the development of a mobile app that will allow students to crowdsource information about the campus climate in real time.

Another grant recipient, the University of New Mexico, plans to create racial justice and bias strategies that will be integrated into the curriculum.
What States Can Learn From Virginia’s FastForward Into the Future of Work
Taylor Maag, Jobs for the Future
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Nate Humphrey isn't just physically strong-he's strong willed. At 37 years old, Humphrey is one of many Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC) students who have benefited from FastForward-a new program in Virginia that offers fast and fiscally responsible pathways to employment.

As a soldier, Humphrey served seven grueling combat deployments, including time in Iraq and Afghanistan. After coming home, he needed a quick route to employment and knew he had to re-skill to start a new career path.  

Putting the Pieces in Place: Launching a Competency-Based Program
The EvoLLLution
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Demand for competency-based education is growing nationwide, as employers and students look for more concrete mechanisms to earn and display specific skills and capabilities. These programs are characterized by personalization, adaptability, and a focus on subject mastery rather than seat-time.

In this interview, Laurie Dodge of Brandman University, shares insight on launching competency-based education programs at her institution.
Why Aren’t More Men Working?
N. Gregory Mankiw, The New York Times
Education Leaders: Work Needed to Improve Degree Attainment Outcomes
Tiffany Pennamon, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Report Shows Florida Latinos Bridging Education Gap
Lloyd Dunkelberger, The Daily Commercial
Behind the Latino College Degree Gap
Jill Barshay, The Hechinger Report
Letters to the Editor: Prison Education Programs Benefit Everyone
DeRionne Pollard, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Commentary: How Colleges Can Make American Indian Students Feel at Home
Cheryl Crazy Bull, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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