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.
November 1, 2018
Where Support for College Students Is ‘High-Tech, High-Touch’
Hari Sreenivasan, PBS NewsHour
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This year at Florida International University, both the graduates and the staff have something to celebrate.

The state of Florida awarded the college $73 million in extra funding for their students' success. To earn the extra funding, public universities across Florida are graded each year on how well their students do on key measurements, like graduation rates, post-graduation employment, and how much debt their students take on.

Florida International takes a high-tech, high-touch approach to student success. Its efforts begin with the use of predictive analytics to identify students likely to struggle, so they can immediately receive the support they need to succeed. 

Free Tuition Brings More Low-Income Students to the University of Michigan
Ron French, Bridge Michigan
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The University of Michigan, which has struggled for years to attract low-income students to its prestigious Ann Arbor campus, may have finally found the secret: Free tuition.

The university says 1,700 in-state students will pay no tuition under the school's "Go Blue Guarantee" this fall. That number is similar to the number of students qualifying for free tuition last winter when the guarantee went into effect, but the university sees it as an important first step in addressing the college affordability puzzle. 

The university also saw a 24 percent increase in admissions applications from some of the state's lowest-income students in the first year since implementing the guarantee.
Washington Voters Don’t Think Schools Prepare Kids for Careers. The State Is Trying to Change That.
Katherine Long, The Seattle Times
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Four out of five voters say Washington's high schools and colleges are failing to teach students real-world skills, or truly prepare them for the workplace, according to a recent state poll.

To better connect students with jobs, the state launched a public-private initiative in March called Career Connect Washington that aims to link high-school and college classes to jobs. One of the ideas: Allowing high-school students to leave campus for paid on-the-job training they can use toward their diploma, journey-level card, and a college certificate.
From Inner Space to Outer Space, Schools Try New Ways to Help Students Explore
The Hechinger Report
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For many college students, the library is a place to hole up and finish a paper or to gather an armful of books from the stacks. But for 40 undergraduates in Brooklyn, their college is the library.

Since January, Bard College has given students often overlooked by higher education—military veterans, working parents, young people aging out of foster care—the chance to earn an associate degree, for free, at the Brooklyn Public Library on Grand Army Plaza. It’s the latest “microcollege” from Bard, which started a college-in-prison initiative in 1999 and a program for student moms in 2016.

Better Know a Partner: Delaware North
Carrie Samson and Stephen Eden, Credential Engine
Now Is Not a Good Time to Skimp on Worker Training
Peter Coy, Bloomberg Businessweek
It's Now Easier to Go From Community College to Randolph-Macon
Justin Mattingly, Richmond Times-Dispatch  
Self-Directed Learning and Augmented Reality: How to Teach Gen Z
Jeffrey J. Selingo, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Dear Educators/Administrators: EVERY Student Is a Scholar
Daniel Jean, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Eldon Students Sign Apprenticeship With Local Employers
Danisha Hogue, Jefferson City News Tribune
Report: Minimal Growth of American Indians and Alaska Natives in Medicine
Monica Levitan, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Blog: Affordable and At-Scale
Ray Schroeder, Online: Trending Now
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