Top stories in higher ed for Monday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
May 7, 2018
Help Your Students Succeed by Building Spaces Where They Can Talk With Professors
Jeffrey J. Selingo, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Colleges are under increased pressure to raise graduation rates, improve retention, and better engage students. Yet most institutions are failing to encourage the one practice that is widely known to boost student success: faculty and student interaction.

Much as active-learning techniques have transformed teaching on many campuses, so too must faculty-student interactions change. And that starts with designing better spaces for students and professors to meet.

Higher Ed Embraces the New 'Traditional' Student
Jarrett Carter, Education Dive
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Adult learners already comprise the largest portion of the U.S. college student population, and that number will likely grow as college education costs continue to increase and as businesses become leaner with technology. 

In response, states and institutions are developing effective ways to help adults finance their education and fast-track earning credits toward degrees and credentials.
Student Apprenticeship Programs Open Doors to Manufacturing Jobs
Rebecca Lurye, Hartford Courant
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Less then a year ago, Olivia Hernandez decided to transfer out of the high school where she’d missed months of class to suspensions for fighting and bad behavior. She turned to East Hartford’s Synergy Alternative High School, where she found support, direction, and an unexpected step up in a growing field: advanced manufacturing.

Hernandez, 18, is graduating this month with a pre-apprenticeship at AdChem Manufacturing Technologies Inc. (ACMT), a company that builds parts for aerospace company Pratt & Whitney. Pre-apprenticeship programs like ACMT's are a boon to local manufacturers, which rely on an array of workforce pipeline programs to fill open positions.
California University Students Are Stretching...and It Is All Happening in Writing Class, Not the Gym
Larry Gordon, EdSource
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Cal State Los Angeles freshman Jorge Pivaral was not surprised that a placement exam he took last year showed he needed help writing at a college level. But Pivaral was worried when friends at other colleges warned him to stay away from remedial classes that didn’t earn him any college credit.

California state universities are addressing those concerns by replacing remedial English composition with a new model called "stretch class" that takes two semesters and offers academic credit for both. 

North Carolina’s Top Recruiting Tool
Laurie Clowers, Community College Daily
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Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed
Needy Students Squeezed at UMass Amherst
Deirdre Fernandes, The Boston Globe
Higher Education Groups Offer Recommendations to Strengthen College Promise Programs
Joelle Fredman, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
Opinion: The Vital Role of Manufacturing Gives Minnesota's Industry Optimism
Jeff Cotton, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal
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