Top stories in higher ed for Monday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
November 4, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
Tri-C Access Centers and the Role of Community College
Mike McIntyre, WCPN
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Community colleges can provide on-ramps to preparing students for further education and filling the needs of the current workforce. But barriers such as lack of transportation can make it difficult for some individuals to access this education and job training.

Cuyahoga Community College is taking its programs directly to impoverished Cleveland neighborhoods. Tri-C President Dr. Alex Johnson explains in this podcast. 

Jamie Merisotis
Report: Head Start-College Partnerships Improve Success for Student Parents
Lois Elfman, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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Head Start services and on-campus childcare centers can help student-parents earn their degrees and establish long-term economic security, says a new report from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR).

Of the 1,700 total agencies and organizations providing Head Start services, IWPR’s study identified only 82 partnerships between Head Start and colleges/universities. Of those, just 62 serve student-parents and only 24 prioritize student-parents for services.

Jamie Merisotis
The Enrollment Crash Goes Deeper Than Demographics
Nathan D. Grawe, The Chronicle Review
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Barring significant changes in people’s desire for college, demographic shifts promise to reshape parts of higher education in the decade to come, writes author and professor Nathan D. Grawe in this essay.

However, by looking past those forces, which we cannot control, and focusing keenly on the fulfillment of our missions, which we can control, we can create new and better futures for our students and our institutions.

Jamie Merisotis
36 Million Americans Went to College But Didn’t Earn a Degree. Here’s What We Know About the Ones Most Likely to Return and Succeed.
Audrey Williams June, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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The ranks of traditional-age students are stagnating, which means colleges are increasingly looking to recruit from other groups, including those who are older. A popular pool—for both institutions and policy makers—is people who have some college under their belt but no degree.

A new report, “Some College, No Degree,” shines a spotlight on a specific group of them: the ones who are most likely to re-enroll and finish. 

Opinion: Apprenticeships Are No Silver Bullet
Jeffrey Moss, Crain's Chicago Business
Black Cultural Centers Continue to Bridge Gaps Across Generations
Jamal Watson, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Commentary: The Ivy League Should Be Twice as Big
Nelson Lichtenstein, The Chronicle Review
Markey: Transferable Skills Needed for Engineers
Merritt McLaughlin, Inside INdiana Business
Alternative Textbook Providers on the Rise
Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed
Blog: An Important, No-Cost Way to Improve Cal Grants
Laura Szabo-Kubitz, Institute for College Access & Success
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