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.
May 1, 2018
These Two-Year and Four-Year College Partnerships Keep Students From Falling Through the Cracks
Katherine Mangan, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Four out of five students who come to Northern Virginia Community College are seeking degrees it doesn’t offer. That’s where its partner, George Mason University, steps in.

The partnership makes it possible for students wanting a bachelor's degree to save money by starting out at the community college. The pairing was highlighted as one of the nation's most successful transfer partnerships at the recent annual convention of the American Association of Community Colleges.

Such role models are in great demand at a time when so many transfer students, and the credits they’ve earned, are falling through the cracks.
Colleges Are Adding Programs in a Once-Decimated Industry—Manufacturing
Delece Smith-Barrow, The Hechinger Report
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Manufacturing, which shed nearly a third of its workforce between 2000 and 2010, is rebounding as a solid path to the middle class. The industry has taken a more tech-intensive twist, making skills like practice in 3-D design critical for future employment.

This reality is causing both colleges and employers to invest in new initiatives and programs designed to prep local students for careers in manufacturing. 

University of Michigan Creates Website to Help DACA Students
Martin Slagter, MLive
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As thousands of students in the Deferred Action for Early Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program continue to remain uncertain about their future, the University of Michigan is stepping up efforts to help them via a new website.

Designed to provide DACA students with a supportive network of staff and other allies at the university, the website features four components: supportive services, community support, external funding, and parent information. 

Big Cuts, Big Completion Gains
Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed
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Painful budget cuts have had a silver lining at the University of Rhode Island, where the need to be more efficient contributed to substantial improvements in student retention and graduation rates.

URI spent money in the recession’s aftermath to bulk up its student advising capacity, on predictive analytics, degree mapping for each student and, in recent years, an ambitious overhaul of its general-education curriculum. The university also emphasized summer and January terms, offering online courses in those sessions.
Opinion: Improve, Increase Nation’s Workforce
The Post and Courier (South Carolina)
MGM Partnership Will Pay for Employees to Go to College
Natalie Bruzda, Las Vegas Review-Journal
Essay: What Really Makes a ‘High-Impact' Practice High Impact?
George D. Kuh and Jillian Kinzie, Inside Higher Ed
Are Etextbooks Affordable Now?
Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed
Want to Close Achievement Gaps? Focus on Part-Time Students.
Katherine Mangan, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Jail Inmates Responding to Education Opportunities
Alia Malik, San Antonio Express-News (Texas)
Helping Former Foster Youth Start and Finish a New Chapter
Lisa Deaderick, The San Diego Union-Tribune
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