Top stories in higher ed for Wednesday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
March 21, 2018
‘I Am First Gen’
Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed
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Many first-generation students don't see themselves as belonging in college. At Arizona Western College, that doubt is one of the biggest barriers to getting students in and through the two-year institution. To address the challenge, the college has launched an "I Am First Gen" campaign that helps students and faculty members celebrate being the first in their families to attend college. 
Oklahoma Teachers Learn on the Job Through Summer STEM Externships
Jacob McCleland and Sarah Terry-Cobo, KGOU
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Many Oklahoma teachers take on extra jobs over the summer. A pilot program launched last year plans to expand this summer to place teachers with companies that hire people in science, math, engineering and technology fields. The "externship program" gives teachers an opportunity to earn additional money and gain skills and knowledge that can be applied in the classroom to better prepare students for the working world or college.

The Forgotten Students
Michael B. Horn, EdSurge
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More than a million students drop out of college each year. A new report examines this unique population and the approaches institutions can take to encourage those with "some college but no degree" to re-enroll, complete their degrees, and realize their potential.

Worried About Enrollment and Judged on Success, Some Colleges Boost Support
Timothy Pratt, The Hechinger Report/PBS NewsHour
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At a time when federal, state and institutional policies are backing away from helping low-income, first-generation and ethnic and racial minority students, a few colleges are spending significant amounts of time and money on providing such help via a model piloted by the City University of New York. 
NJ Spending $3M to Teach Workers Most-Needed sKills
David Matthau, New Jersey 101.5 FM Radio
Senate OKs Workforce Incentives
Rod Boshart, Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier (Iowa)
Conference Identifies Innovative Practices for Community Colleges
Tiffany Pennamon, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Veterans Blast GOP Bill as Giveaway to For-Profits
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
Transfer Is Key to Closing the Workforce Skills Gap
Hans Johnson, Public Policy Institute of California
Essay: Forging New Territory Online
Eloy Ortiz Oakley, Inside Higher Ed
Essay: Does Online Reinforce the Color Line?
Christopher Newfield and Cameron Sublett, Inside Higher Ed
Mentoring's Positive Impact on Workforce Development
Ashleigh Henrichs, The Kenosa News
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