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 22, 2018
Another Setback for Programs Overseen by Troubled Accreditor
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
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The biggest chain of for-profit colleges that is still overseen by an accreditation group axed by the Obama administration, and given a second chance by Betsy DeVos, failed this month in its initial bid to get recognition elsewhere.

Virginia College, which operates campuses across 11 states, has already said it will appeal the decision from the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training. The ruling appears to raise the stakes for the Trump administration’s latest review of the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, the chain’s current accreditor and a focal point in the fight over accountability in the for-profit sector.

California Lacks System to Track Students Through High School, College, and Workplace
Mikhail Zinshteyn, EdSource
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When students from Sacramento City Unified School District start applying to college this fall, Superintendent Jorge Aguilar will know a lot about where they ended up enrolling and eventually whether they graduated.

It's all thanks to a partnership with neighboring community colleges and state public universities.

The Sacramento Unified arrangement is remarkable because it’s an outlier in California. While most states have some system that links their high school and college data to track what happens to students once they exit high school, California does not.
How a 21st-Century Learning Environment Helps Students Master Tough Subjects
Julia Schmalz, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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How do you turn a shopping mall into a 21st-century classroom? For Austin Community College in Texas, the answer includes lots of open space, a large computer lab, and a commitment to individual attention.

In the college's ACCelerator facility, which opened in 2014, instructors work with small groups of students, at their own pace, to help them master challenging subjects like mathematics. The environment emphasizes ultra-personalized learning and pro-active services, including group advising, academic coaching, adult education, and tutoring.

Positive Public Perception, Part 2
Community College Daily
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Americans continue to hold community colleges in high regard, with 81 percent of respondents to a new national survey saying they are worth the cost.

The survey by New America mirrors much of its findings from last year, mainly that most Americans believe well-paying jobs require education after high school. However, they still are not satisfied with the current higher education system, citing concerns about affordability and employment outcomes. 
Georgetown Researchers: Majors Matter in Higher-Ed Decisions
Pearl Stewart, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Two Counties Tell the Tale of a Growing Education Gap
Dante Chinni, Deepa Shivaram, and Matt Rivera, NBC News
How Our Obsession With College Prep Hurts Kids
Scott Carlson, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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