Top stories in higher ed for Friday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
June 22, 2018
Understanding Campus Climate With an App
Emma Whitford, Inside Higher Ed
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Gauging how students feel on campus is often the job of annual campus climate surveys, but a research and development unit at the University of California, Los Angeles, wants to change that.

The unit, called BruinX and based in UCLA's office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, recently developed and beta tested an app that will send a notification to students' smartphones every two weeks to ask them what they're thinking, how they're feeling, and what they're experiencing on campus. 

Jonathan Feingold, a research fellow at BruinX, hopes the app will provide a more complete picture of UCLA's campus climate. Maintaining a high response rate tops BruinX's list of priorities. To do so, they will use part of a recent grant from Lumina Foundation to create marketing campaigns and incentive structures to keep students responding.
Cleveland-Based Tech Company Helps First-Generation College Students Get Leg Up in Admissions
Mary Kilpatrick,
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A Cleveland-based tech company will partner with the University of Chicago to help students become the first in their families to attend college.

Wisr, which creates online networking platforms for university students and alumni, will contribute to the university's new Empower program. The goal of the effort is to level the admissions playing field, allowing first-generation, low-income students, and students who live in rural areas to use technology and other resources so they can present themselves to the university as well as any other college applicant.

Workforce Development a Priority for Dayton Employers, Educators to Find Skilled Workers
Hannah Poturalski, Dayton Business Journal
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A concerted workforce development effort is underway in Ohio to develop, train, and retain high-skilled laborers to fill a growing job demand in industries such as health care, engineering, manufacturing, and aerospace.

As part of the work, employers and colleges and universities are collaborating together on a variety of new initiatives, training programs, and outreach in and outside the classroom to develop the current and incoming talent pipeline.

How to Boost Completion Rates
Shalina Chatlani, Education Dive
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With the nation's average six-year college completion rate for first-time, full-time students hovering around 59 percent, institutions are constantly searching for best practices and strategies to enhance graduation outcomes. That's especially true when it comes to the growing enrollment of adult nontraditional learners and students from low-income and underserved backgrounds.

Academic interventions and lower tuition are only part of the equation. Experts at the recent 2018 New York Times Higher Ed Leaders Forum say institutions need to think outside the box to provide today's students with the support they need to thrive in college and make it to the finish line. That includes creating greater access to basic goods and services such as food, shelter, and transportation. 
An 'Education and the Workforce' Agency?
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
Employment and Debt of 2008 College Graduates
Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed
Opinion: Teaching Soft Skills Critical for Tomorrow's Workforce
Scott Waller, The Daily Journal (Mississippi)
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Jolanta Juszkiewicz, Community College Daily
Blog: The Hybrid Conundrum
Matt Reed, Confessions of a Community College Dean
Opinion: The Two Biggest Problems With College
David Leonhardt, The New York Times
Commentary: Mayors and the High School Graduation Imperative
Paul Koehler, Governing the States and Localities
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