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 13, 2018
First-Gen Students at Elite Colleges Go From Lonely and Overwhelmed to Empowered and Provoking Change
Laura Pappano, The Hechinger Report
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First generation low-income students are no longer the outsiders they once were on Ivy League campuses. As illustrated at the fourth annual 1vyG Conference, they are methodically labeling the barriers they wish to dismantle and getting institutions to change the culture of their campuses and the assumptions about "what everybody does" and "what everybody has." 
The State of Work: Gov. Rick Snyder Launches 'Marshall Plan for Talent' to Develop Michigan’s Workforce
Ramona Schindelheim, WorkingNation
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The future of work is about to change in Michigan. In this interview with WorkingNation, Gov. Rick Snyder details how a revolutionary partnership between educators, employers, and other stakeholders will transform the state's talent pipeline and redesign the ways in which workers are trained. 

Can a Signature Program Save Your College?
Lawrence Biemiller, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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A number of small-college presidents hope signature programs such as first-year seminars, personalized academic advising, and real-world internships are their new keys to institutional sustainability, even prosperity. But others are skeptical that such efforts will succeed in saving colleges that have too few students. They argue that presidents need instead to double down on basics—like controlling costs.

The Persistence Project
Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed
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Oakton Community College in Illinois is seeing positive results in persistence and graduation rates thanks to an effort that encourages faculty members to meet one-on-one with students throughout the semester. 
Keeping Students on Course Over the Summer
Lisa Roney, Community College Daily
Three Ways Community Colleges Leverage Tech Successfully
Meghan Bogardus Cortez, EdTech Magazine: Focus on Higher Education
Commentary: Every College Needs a Food Bank
Marti Harvey, The Dallas Morning News
Helping Communities Thrive
David Murray, Community College Daily
Black Male Student-Athletes and Racial Inequities in NCAA Division I College Sports
University of Southern California Race and Equity Center 
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