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.
March 6, 2018
Non-Traditional Barriers to Retention and Graduation
Patti Zarling, Education Dive
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A growing number of students are hungry or homeless. Experts say leaders need to look beyond surface-level metrics in discussing ways to help non-traditional students succeed.

Six Steps to Help First-Generation Students Succeed
Cynthia Teniente-Matson, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Texas A&M University at San Antonio employs a student-centered approach to support student success and improve graduation rates of low-income and Hispanic populations. From student success coaches to seminars for parents of first-generation students, the programs are a work in progress that require a relentless commitment to data and a willingness to examine each step in the student-life cycle.

Look Who's Championing the Degree
Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed
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Coursera and other purveyors of massive open online courses supposedly signaled the end of traditional credentials and, as some told it, universities. Now the company is betting big on both.
Community College Training, Workforce Development Transforms Lives
Robbie Ward, The Meridian Star
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Community colleges in Mississippi serve as meccas of workforce training, offering both non-academic credit and academic credit programs to help boost learning, productivity, and earnings for individuals, businesses, and the region. 

Mass. Colleges Look Beyond Placement Tests to Get Students Past Remedial Classes
Carrie Jung, WBUR
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Massachusetts colleges have an ongoing math challenge, especially among students who need extra help with the basics. Currently, the vast majority of students placed in remedial math classes don't go on to take and pass a college-level course. In response, schools around the state are experimenting with new ways to get students caught up.

Four Things Experts Want You to Know About Blockchain in Higher Ed
Meghan Bogardus Cortez, EdTech Magazine: Focus on Higher Education
Study Highlights Need for Workforce Training
Ed Enoch, Tuscaloosa News (Alabama)
Commentary: What’s Wrong With Required Internships? Plenty
Matthew T. Hora, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Podcast: How Sputnik Sent Women to College
Emily Hanford, Ways & Means
Blog: A Wake-Up Call
Matt Reed, Confessions of a Community College Dean
New App Aids Nontraditional and Transfer Students
Tiffany Pennamon, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Opinion: When Your College Has Your Back
David L. Kirp, The New York Times
Commentary: Technical or Cultural Courses? Students Need Both
Barry Glassner and Morton Schapiro, The Chronicle of Higher Education
States Are Passing More Policies to Help Americans Jumpstart Careers
Chauncy Lennon and Carissa Moffat Miller, The Hill
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