Top stories in higher ed for Thursday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
May 3, 2018
Filling in This Perception Gap Can Help Low-Income Students Succeed
Hari Sreenivasan, PBS NewsHour
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For many community college students, making it from the first day of college to graduation is a struggle. Part of the challenge is understanding the unique needs of students, many of whom are low-income and balancing work, family, and school. 

At LaGuardia Community College in New York, administrators want new students to feel like school is home, complete with the resources they need to make it to the finish line. This includes making available free food from LaGuardia's school pantry, programs to navigate finances and academics, student scholarships, and emergency funds.

Why Competency-Based Education Stalled (But Isn’t Finished)
Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge
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A competency-based learning model, which measures students progress on their ability to demonstrate mastery of defined knowledge and skills, has the potential to streamline the path to a college degree for a significant number of students.

In this podcast, Paul LeBlanc, president of Southern New Hampshire University and one of the pioneers of bringing competency-based education to a traditional university, talks about the future of this learning approach.
Cracking the Code: IT-Ready Opens the Tech Industry Door
Matt Parke, WorkingNation
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Rebooting a career is not unlike dealing with a locked-up computer. Sometimes a skilled technician is needed to step in and help find a solution.

Creating IT Futures provides the “Help Desk” for career changers and entry-level workers looking to break into the burgeoning Information Technology (IT) sector. Through its IT-Ready program, participants learn foundational skills that enable them to hit the reset button on their future.

As the Future of Work Looms, More Universities Offer Life-Long Learning Programs
Riia O'Donnell, HR Dive
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At the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, learning is a lifelong proposition. To keep alumni competitive in the marketplace, MBA grads can take any executive level program tuition-free for the rest of their lives.

Other colleges and universities offer similar programs, with the goal of upskilling employees for today's workforce needs and preparing them for jobs of the future.
‘Hi, It’s Amazon Calling. Here’s What We Don’t Like in Your City.’
Shayndi Raice and Laura Stevens, The Wall Street Journal
Maximizing Higher Education's Role in Growing Economy
Tracey Bryan, Las Cruces Sun-News
Eligible for Aid, But Not Getting It
Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed
Who Are Today’s Adult Learners?
eLearning Infographics
State Aims to Translate Military Training to Academic Credit
Jennifer McDermott, U.S. News & World Report
Incentives: Getting Students to Attend Workshops That Will Help Them
Matt Reed. Confessions of a Community College Dean
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