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.
March 4, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
An Oasis in a Food Desert
AACC 21st Century Center
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Food insecurity is a growing concern on college campuses across the country. In North Carolina's Duplin County, which was hit by Hurricane Florence in September 2018, the struggle is particularly acute. 

To help students at James Sprunt Community College (JSCC), the school distributes food supplies through its Spartan's Table food pantry. The college's grant-funded Single Stop office works in partnership with the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina on the food distribution.

More than providing fresh food and supplies, Single Stop connects students with benefits such as Medicaid, SNAP, housing, childcare, and tax preparation assistance. The office also has established free transportation for students throughout the county. 

How Student Expectations Are Driving Digital Transformation
Susan Grajek, The EvoLLLution
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Changing student expectations are a key driver of higher education’s digital transformation. In particular, students want a customer experience that is personalized and seamless. They want a home base for their education, but they want their institution to offer access to a larger higher education marketplace.

Students also want to be at a competitive advantage when they graduate, and that means having job-ready skills and competencies and new and innovative learning opportunities.
University Coalition Adds Career Services to Completion Push
Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed
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A group of 11 large research universities that collaborate on increasing low-income student degree production, dubbed the University Innovation Alliance, is adding undergraduate career readiness for at-risk students to the college completion push.

With initial funding of $2.4 million from the Strada Education Network, the alliance will map processes on each campus and identify where students are encountering roadblocks as they move from college to careers. Career services professionals will lead the project. 
Jamie Merisotis
Experts Say Reauthorized HEA Must Promote Equity
LaMont Jones, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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Institutional accountability and effective federal-state partnerships are keys to improving higher education access and equity, particularly when it comes to students experiencing chronic disparities in terms of race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. 

In keynote remarks for a recent event hosted by the Center for American Progress, Democratic Sen. Patty Murray outlined her goals for a Higher Education Act (HEA) reauthorization bill: improving college affordability, holding colleges and universities accountable for their students' success, and expanding access for historically underrepresented students.

Cultivating the Next Generation of Workforce Leaders
Darlene Miller, Community College Daily
Georgetown to Launch AI Think Tank
Hallie Busta, Education Dive
STEMming the Parent Flow
Colleen Flaherty, Inside Higher Ed
Fisk, Cravath Partner to Launch New Undergraduate Scholars Program
Tiffany Pennamon, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
An Interactive Exploration of the Geography of Prosperity
Ryan Nunn, Jana Parsons, and Jay Shambaugh, Brookings Institution
First Look at VFA Data
Tabitha Whissemore, Community College Daily
Montana Lawmakers Ask University System to Expand Job Training
Gail Schontzler, Bozeman Daily Chronicle
States With the Strongest Job Growth in 2018
Mike Maciag, Governing the States and Localities
Commentary: A MEGA Bargain for Michigan's Future
Chad Livengood, Crain's Detroit Business
Closing the Affordability Gap at Hocking College
Shannon Moore-Zuffoletto, eCampus News
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