Top stories in higher ed for Thursday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
March 7, 2019
Study: States Lagging in Black Enrollment, Graduation at Public Colleges
LaMont Jones, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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It is well known that Black students continue to be underrepresented at the public flagship universities in most states. But much less attention has focused on Black student representation at the hundreds of other public institutions of higher education across the country, both two-year and four-year.

A new report from The Education Trust attempts to answer the question of where Black students go to college and what kinds of degrees they receive.
Jamie Merisotis
A Big DEAL for Little Rhody and Community Colleges
Meghan Hughes and Julian Assid, Community College Daily
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Rhode Island is now home to a key experiment designed to align education and workforce development that will produce benefits for college students, employers, and the digital economy. At the center of this experiment: Infosys and the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI).

As part of their collaboration, CCRI and Infosys will research and develop customized curriculum tied to a four-year degree pathway that focuses on in-demand industries, including health care, defense, advanced business services, and manufacturing. A mentoring program will engage Infosys business teams to bolster career guidance for students.

Jamie Merisotis
A Big Reason Rural Students Never Go to College: Colleges Don’t Recruit Them
Aaron Gettinger, The Hechinger Report/NPR
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Urban and suburban students may take college recruiting visits for granted, but recruiters rarely go to schools as small or as distant as the tiny school district of Maple Valley, which serves fewer than 500 sixth- through 12th-graders. 

This anemic outreach is among the reasons comparatively low numbers of high school graduates from rural high schools end up in college the following fall: 59 percent, compared to 62 percent of urban and 67 percent of suburban high school graduates. 

The Stigma of Choosing Trade School Over College
Meg St-Esprit, The Atlantic
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A four-year degree is often portrayed as the pathway to success for today's students. And it is for many people. Individuals who graduate college typically experience higher earnings than those who did not.

At the same time, lack of knowledge and misconceptions about the trades can lead parents to steer their children away from these programs, when vocational training might be a surer path to a stable job.
The Craziest Campus News: Universities Are Still Good
Samuel J. Abrams, American Enterprise Institute
UMass System Aims to Join the Mega-University Club
Lee Gardner, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Sweeping Education Bills Give Funding Boost for Adult Learners
Robert Nott and Andrew Oxford, Santa Fe New Mexican
Holcomb Announces More Hoosiers 'Skilling Up'
Merritt McLaughlin, Inside INdiana Business
Completing College: A State-Level View of Student Completion Rates
National Student Clearinghouse Research Center
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