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.
March 9, 2018
How One University Seeks to Shore Up the Sophomore Year
Beckie Supiano, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Many colleges have programs to improve the experienceand successof first-year students like freshman seminars and living-learning communities. Sophomores, however, are often overlooked. Ohio State University is working to change that with the Second-Year Transformational Experience Program, known as STEP.
Guiding Students to Jobs
AACC 21st Century Center
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Preparing people for the workforce is a specialty of community and technical colleges. Students often leave a college with the skills needed for successful employment. It's the last step of actually connecting with employers that may require an extra boost. 

A partnership between West Virginia community and technical colleges and WorkAmerica aims to provide a solution via an artificial-intelligence powered online platform that helps students and graduates find and obtain meaningful employment in their chosen career fields. 

Next Generation CBE: Supporting Success for Underprepared College Learners
Jobs for the Future
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Competency-based education (CBE) has the potential to improve developmental education outcomes in community colleges. But in order to do so, it has to be carefully designed and implemented. This report from Jobs for the Future explores ways in which CBE can help underprepared learners gain the skills they need to earn college credentials that lead to good jobs.

Studies Show How States Can Improve Education After High School
Gretchen Syverud, Lumina Foundation
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States trying to raise the overall numbers of working-age residents with education and training after high school would benefit from focusing on populations who haven't been well served in the past by colleges, universities, and other postsecondary education providers.
Podcast: Blending Our Way to a Whole New Level of Student Success
Kelvin Thompson and Thomas Cavanagh, TOPcast
How Raising the Bar Helps Re-Entry Students Succeed (Part 1)
Daniel Apple and David Leasure, The EvoLLLution
Blog: New CAEL Study Asks the Question: Do PLA Methods Matter?
Sean Hudson, The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning
Blog: Putting a Face on Transformation
Lucretia Murphy, Jobs for the Future
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