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.
May 1, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
Forgiving Small Student Debts Can Have a Huge Impact
Susan Headden, Medium
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The Detroit Regional Chamber and three higher education institutions—Wayne State University, Henry Ford College, and Oakland University—have a new program designed to help nearly 700,000 adults in the Detroit region with some college but no degree come back and complete their education. 

Under the arrangement announced Tuesday, the three schools will forgive a certain amount of outstanding debt if students enroll at any of the three institutions, stay current on new postsecondary financial obligations, and make progress toward their degree or certificate. 

Do Colleges Measure What They Value?
Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed
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A new report digs into data about "learning outcome statements" at dozens of colleges and universities to see what institutions say they want their students to be learning and how they measure whether that learning occurred.

Its conclusions: Many colleges don't align what they're trying to do at the program and department level with an overall institutional approach.
Adult Students Have Moved Into the Mainstream. How Can Colleges Adjust?
Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge
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The American student has changed considerably. Ten years ago, adult learners were the exception; now they have a growing presence on college campuses across the country. 

In this podcast, Marie Cini of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning offers insight on what colleges and universities must do to better support today's adult learners.  
Jamie Merisotis
She Went From Criminal to Future Sac State Graduate. Here's Why She Says Education Can Change a Life
Mike Duffy, ABC 10 News
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Tammy Linn grew up in foster care; she never went to high school. She eventually ended up in prison, where she taught herself to read, got her GED, and started classes in community college. This May, Linn will graduate from Sacramento State University with a degree in social work.   

After receiving a full pardon by the governor, Linn is now using her story to advocate for others whose basic needs are not being met.

Career Education's Incomplete Transformation
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
How Rochester Is Addressing the Middle-Skills Gap  
Velvet Spicer, Rochester Business Journal
Essay: Rethinking Career and Technical Education
Gregory Seaton, Inside Higher Ed
House Bill Pitches $150M Career Training Program
Matthew Dembicki, Community College Daily
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