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 16, 2018
Pioneering College for Adults Struggles in Middle Age
Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed
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Excelsior College, founded to help adults complete degrees online, staggers after curtailing its biggest program over quality concerns. Administrators say "repositioning" is working, but a more competitive market awaits.
One Day, Two Students: What College Looks Like From Opposite Ends of the Income Gap
Rachel Kurzius and Harrison Smith, The Washington Post
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Students who go to a four-year college right after high school, live on campus, and don't work or need loans are increasingly rare.

To capture a more representative snapshot of what college looks like today, The Washington Post recently shadowed two undergraduate students on the same day in April: a commuter at the University of Maryland Baltimore County and a sophomore at George Washington University.

Why the Lumina Foundation Is Betting Big on New Kinds of Credentials
Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge
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A college degree isn't the only path to meaningful work. In fact, these days it seems like there are more kinds of credentials than ever, some with trademarked names like Nanodegrees and MicroMasters.  

EdSurge recently met with Lumina Foundation's Courtney Brown to discuss the future of credentials, what counts as high quality, and how students and employers can sort through the many new options available.
Rising College Rates Spur Hispanic Progress in Higher Education
Kelly Field, The Hechinger Report/PBS NewsHour
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Between 2000 and 2015, the college-going rate among Hispanic high school graduates grew from 22 to 37 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Education. Hispanic undergraduate enrollment more than doubled, to 3 million. More than a quarter of young Hispanics—28 percent—now have at least an associate degree, up from 15 percent in 2000.

This growth has compelled colleges to pay more attention to lingering achievement gaps between their white and Hispanic students. Institutions like Salem State University, whose student body went from five to 14 percent Hispanic over the past decade, are adding Latino leadership programs, hiring more diverse faculty, and expanding their cultural programming.

Building a Stronger Workforce Requires a Cooperative, Collective Approach
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Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney says a strong, skilled workforce is dependent on data-driven programs and long-term career pathways.

As part of its new workforce strategy, the city launched the Model Employer campaign to recognize and support businesses that promote career advancement through such practices as tuition assistance programs, on-the-job training opportunities that lead to industry-recognized credentials, and apprenticeship programs.
A Seat at the Table
Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed
National Urban League Annual Report Highlights STEM Gap, Student Debt
Aina Hunter, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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