Top stories in higher ed for Friday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
May 11, 2018
Whatever It Takes
Community College Daily
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Desperate for skilled workers, businesses and industries are working with two-year colleges to devise creative approaches to bridge the skills gap.

Northern Virginia Community College is tackling the challenge with its Tech Talent Pipeline initiative. The effort brings together public school systems, postsecondary institutions, nonprofit and public workforce partners, and economic developers to create a system to triple the number of students pursuing technology-related fields of study over the next decade.
Career Readiness Is a Concern for Parents and Employers
Matt Parke, WorkingNation
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A nationwide listening tour by the Committee for Economic Development reveals that parents and employers have the same concerns about how children are being prepared for the future of work. Among the recommendations to improve career readiness outcomes: better resources to identify career pathways and more work-based learning opportunities and soft skills training.

Why Is the Number of Schools With Child Care Going Down?
Casey Quinlan, Think Progress
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Single mothers enrolled in postsecondary education face substantial time demands that make persistence and graduation difficult. Twenty-eight percent of single mothers graduate with a degree or certificate within six years of enrollment and another 55 percent leave school before earning a college credential.

The combination of raising a family on their own, going to class, completing coursework, and holding a job can place serious constraints on single mothers' time, forcing them to make hard choices about their pursuit of higher education. Expanded supports for single mothers in college would allow more women to consider and complete degrees or credentials.

Report: Many College Dropouts Are More Than Halfway to a Degree
Allie Bdwell, National Association of Student Financial Administrators
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Millions of college students, many of whom also have education loan debt, never complete their programs. A new report suggests nearly one in five of those students who do not graduate have three-quarters of the credits needed to finish. 
 
Over the years, many colleges have turned to implementing some form of financial incentive to encourage students to take more credits each semester and graduate on time. Targeting student support services to at-risk students near the end of their programs also can help more leave with a college education.
New Approach to Apprenticeships
Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed
Meeting the Cyber Skills Gap
M. Anthony Mills, RealClearPolitics
U.S. Universities Invest in Student Entrepreneurship
Andrea Januta, The Christian Science Monitor
DeVos to Review Restrictions on Religious Institutions
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
Defining What's 'Good Enough' on Completion
Paul Fain, Inside Digital Learning
How Adult Learners Can Accelerate a Path to Economic Advancement
Barbara Endel and Nicole Lewis, Jobs for the Future
How Colleges Can Help STEM Students Think More Broadly
Beckie Supiano, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Opinion: State Gives Special Attention to In-Demand Jobs
Bruce Johnson, The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio)
Prisoner Education, Pell Grants and What You Can Do
David Baime, Community College Daily
How Students Can Cut Costs With Two-Year College Paths
Farran Powell, U.S. News & World Report
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