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 18, 2018
MATC Rolling Out New Free-Tuition Program to Lure Working Adults Back to Finish College
Karen Herzog, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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Low to middle-income adults with some college but no degree may get the nudge they need to complete an associate degree: free tuition at Milwaukee Area Technical College.

MATC is launching a new program called the MATC Promise for Adults. The college considers it a game changer for income-eligible adults 24 and older who, for whatever reason, did not make it to college graduation and could better their careers and the state's workforce by reaching the finish line. 

Can Snyder’s ‘Marshall Plan’ Fill Michigan's Talent Gap?
The Associated Press
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Dakota Carter, 19, works as a car mechanic and credits his success to a career and technical training program at his high school. Career pathways like Carter's may soon become more popular in Michigan under Gov. Rick Snyder's talent development proposal known as the "Marshall Plan for Talent."

The strategy, which Snyder has been circling the state to promote, aims to fund $100 million in scholarships, career counseling, teacher grants, and career-oriented programs within high schools. Its end goal is to sustain collaboration between the education and business sectors—namely for jobs in professional trade, information technology, and other high-demand fields.

Apprenticeships and Community Colleges: Do They Have a Future Together?
Jorge Klor de Alva and Mark Schneider, American Enterprise Institute
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Expanding the role of community colleges through apprenticeships could help resolve the divide between what postsecondary institutions produce and what employers need, contends a new report from American Enterprise Institute. 
Rethinking Financial Aid: Small Grants Make a Big Difference in College Completion
Shari Garmise, The Washington Post
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Many students will come agonizingly close to accepting their college diplomas this month, only to fall just short of the credits needed to graduate.

For some, financial strain has knocked them off course. Even the most determined students can fail to graduate when financial shortfalls arise late in their college career.

Colleges and universities can help by reimagining financial aid needs to not only facilitate college access, but also foster college completion. Some schools have begun to recognize that for low-income students nearing graduation, a small amount of extra money, even a few hundred dollars, can determine whether they go on to complete their degree or have to drop out.

Opinion: College Degrees Attract Jobs (and Fuel Our Economy)
Rick Kurtz, Portsmouth Daily Times (Ohio)
Making the Case for Pell
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
The Invisible Boot Camp
Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed
Prepared for the Future
Alexandra Newman, Herald Palladium (Michigan)
Indicators of Higher Education Equity in the United States
Pell Institute at the Council for Opportunity in Education
Houston's Call to Arms
Center for Houston's Future
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