Top stories in higher ed for Thursday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
May 10, 2018
The Next Generation of African-American Doctors Finds Success and Support at This University
Hari Sreenivasan, PBS NewsHour 
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Xavier University, a small, historically black college in New Orleans, manages to graduate more African Americans who go on to become medical doctors than any other undergraduate institution in the country. The number is even more striking given a drop in black males applying to medical schools.

Xavier's accomplishments are the result of several innovative programs, including intense student-to-student advising, tutoring by upperclassmen, and engaging new students at the start of their academic careers in research projects with faculty.

Multiple Math Pathways and College Completion
Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed
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The traditional algebra-to-calculus mathematics pathway required by most colleges "doesn't reflect changes in the types of quantitative skills that students need in their lives and careers," according to a new report.

The report, from WestEd, also says with most incoming community college students placing into remedial math courses that emphasize algebra, this traditional pathway often is a barrier to graduation. 
Educating From Experience: EnCorps Brings STEM Pros Back to School
Matt Parke, WorkingNation
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The United States faces a huge shortage of available talent in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, with an estimated 3.3 million STEM-related jobs going unfilled n 2016.

The EnCorps STEM Teachers Program helps solve California's critical shortage of STEM teachers by recruiting and training qualified STEM professionals and industry retirees and placing them in public school classrooms.
Manufacturing Boom Highlights Need for More Industrial College Courses
Jarrett Carter, Education Dive
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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. Yet, manufacturing executives report a significant gap in their ability to find talent with the required skills and advanced training.

More colleges and universities are taking a proactive approach in response to this trend, restructuring their course offerings and creating new programs. Industry leaders also are teaming up with educators and policymakers to fill manufacturing workforce needs in model partnerships.

How a New Tech Language Might Transform the Labor Market
Jonathan Finkelstein and Scott Cheney, InformationWeek
Online Programs Gain Users in Arkansas
Marty Cook, Arkansas Business Online
Rethinking Dual Enrollment to Reach More Students
Education Commission of the States
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