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 29, 2018
Georgia State U. Made Its Graduation Rate Jump. How?
Beth McMurtrie, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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When it comes to predictive analytics, Georgia State University is arguably the leader of the pack. An army of advisers there tracks more than 800 risk factors daily, and innovations include in-class tutors, restructured gateway courses, and freshman learning communities. The public research university raised its six-year graduation rate from 32 percent in 2003 to more than 54 percent in 2017.

Even more impressive: Many of Georgia State's students come from groups with higher dropout rates nationally. Its population is 60 percent nonwhite and one-third first generation; 58 percent of students are on Pell Grants. And they all now graduate at the same rate as everyone else.

Timothy Renick, senior vice president for student success, offers insight into how his institution uses big data and analytics as a springboard into rethinking undergraduate education.
While Congress Squabbles, Some States Take Their Own Steps to Help Hungry Students
Goldie Blumenstyk, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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It’s difficult for college students to qualify for federal food-assistance benefits under current law, and the Farm Bill that was voted down by the U.S. House of Representatives this month would have made it even harder—for them and many others.

But that hasn't kept advocates from continuing to press for changes to alter the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Proposed reforms include lowering or eliminating the current law's 20-hour minimum work requirement and providing SNAP benefits to students who qualify for Pell Grants. 

‘Could I Make It in College?’: His Journey to a Bachelor’s Degree Started Behind Bars
Nick Anderson, The Washington Post
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Six years ago, Donte Small was doing time at the Maryland Correctional Institution in Jessup for assault with a handgun. During his incarceration, he learned about the Goucher College Prison Education Partnership. 

Now out of prison, Small is celebrating an unusual prison-to-college story: He is about to graduate from the liberal arts school with a bachelor’s degree in computer science.

The 29-year-old from Baltimore County, released in 2014, has finished his school work except for a short trip next month to fulfill a study-abroad requirement. Small says he wants to “push, challenge, and change the narrative about individuals with a criminal past.”

Computer Science Educators Wanted: How This New Program Is Addressing the Shortage
Greg Thompson, EdSurge
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Public-private partnerships are one way to address the nation-wide shortage of computer science-trained educators, and the latest comes in the form of STEMpath.

A new graduate-level educator certification program that isn't quite a master's degree, STEMpath serves as a joint effort between multiple organizations, including the nonprofit mindSpark Learning, Couragion, Metropolitan State University, and Colorado Succeeds. 

For teachers looking to burnish their qualifications, Colorado-based STEMpath offers a 12- to 15-month program of coursework and work-based learning through iindustry externships. Cost is $12,000, and creators describe the program as a well-informed perspective of computer science, far beyond the traditional skills of coding and programming. 
Bill to Help Foster Youth With College Introduced This Week
John Kelly, The Chronicle of Social Change
Food for Thought
Paul Bradley, Community College Week
Ensuring Rural Students Succeed
Kenneth Schaidle, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Latino College Graduation Rate Lags in Bay State
Kathleen McKiernan, The Boston Herald
Education Advocate Explains Critical Need for More College Degrees
Dillon Mullan, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal (Mississippi)
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