Top stories in higher ed for Friday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
November 9, 2018
Cal State Sees Major Gains in Graduation Rates
Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed
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Administrators at the California State University System worried two years ago when the system set ambitious goals for increasing graduation rates. They were concerned that low-income students and students of color would be harmed by the new targets. One criticism, for example, was that students would be pushed into courses they were not prepared to take.

Instead, the nation’s largest and most diverse public university system is seeing record levels of achievement and narrowed equity gaps among low-income and minority students.

Programmed for Success
Paulette Perhach, The New York Times
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Community college students across the country struggle to complete their programs. Only 25 percent of those who start as full-time students at public two-year institutions graduate, according to the United States Department of Education. About one of five finishes in two years. Even given twice as long to complete the coursework, just 36 percent of these students graduate. 

But in recent years, technological advances have given administrators a chance to offer help when and where students need it, whether it’s reminding them about due dates, nudging them to complete homework, or guiding them toward resources that will help them stay enrolled.

Predicting the Future of Work: NAWB CEO Ron Painter Discusses How to Train Workers for Jobs That Don’t Exist Yet
Kevin Fudge, EdTech Times
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Over the past few decades, the emergence of new technologies has changed the shape of the workforce. Jobs that existed for centuries have disappeared. Meanwhile, many jobs of the future have yet to be created.

In this podcast, Ron Painter, CEO of the National Association of Workforce Boards, reflects on the needs of the future workforce and how traditional education pathways must change to connect today's students with the in-demand jobs and skills of tomorrow. 

Penn State Leads 19 Colleges Exploring Uses for New Tech in Higher Ed
Natalie Schwartz, Education Dive
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Penn State University is leading a group of 19 colleges as part of an effort to explore how emerging technology can be used to shape teaching and learning. The project, called the CoAction Learning Lab, involves a mix of public and private colleges, including Arizona State University, the University of Central Florida, and Western Governors University.

The group's first goal is to curate an online library of openly licensed resources to help institutions integrate new technology into their teaching. The collection could include sets of questions for colleges to ask vendors about learning analytics or how to implement more open-source materials in the classroom.

Georgia Construction Sector May Run Short on Workers
Michael E. Kanell, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
College Fund Creates Pathways for Native Student Success
Matthew Makomenaw, ACT Center for Equity in Learning
Fostering Tech Skills Through Community Outreach
Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
A Change of Course on Capitol Hill
David Baime, Community College Daily
Blog: Digital Transformation Is Changing Youth Perspectives on Business
Kayleigh Alexandra, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
The Experience of Caregiver Students
Iris Palmer, New America
Online Education Ascends
Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed
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