Top stories in higher ed for Wednesday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
November 14, 2018
Colorado Looks to Stem Teacher Shortage Through Mentoring Programs, New CU Admission Guarantee
Monte Whaley, The Denver Post
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Leah Silverstone doesn't hold back when talking to her high-energy protege, Arvada West senior Amanda Erholm, about the rigors and pitfalls of teaching.  

Erholm is part of Colorado’s Teacher Cadet program, which pairs high school juniors and seniors with veteran teachers to get them prepared for a career in the classroom. Erholm also is likely to take advantage of a new University of Colorado Boulder initiative that guarantees admission to qualified high schoolers interested in becoming teachers.

Studious Friends and Roommates Might Lead to Higher Grades in College
Jill Barshay, The Hechinger Report
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Choose your friends wisely may not only be good parental advice but also a way to do better in college, a research study finds.

A trio of researchers put that advice to the test at Berea College, a small liberal arts school in Kentucky, by looking at how much friends actually influence study habits and grades. They found that students who befriended studious peers spent more hours studying themselves and posted higher grades during their freshman year.

Tennessee Reconnect Lets Adults Go Back to College for Free. One Woman's Story Shows It May Not Be So Easy.
Jason Gonzales, Nashville Tennessean
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Sheeteah Blair, 38, has returned to Nashville State Community College to get her nursing degree through Tennessee Reconnect. In its first year, the program has increased the enrollment of students at least 25 years old. Those numbers are buoyed largely by women like Blair, who are headed back to school to better their lives and the lives of their families.

But keeping them in college will pose a challenge for Tennessee, particularly in rural and inner-city areas where students face more daily roadblocks that could threaten to derail their pursuit of a degree.

In Prime Position
Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed
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After weeks of speculation, tech giant Amazon confirmed yesterday that it would be building not one but two new headquarters in the United States: one in the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens, New York, and the other in Arlington, Virginia.

College presidents and business leaders in both locales expressed relief and excitement at the news. But the pressure is now on to quickly establish a talent pipeline for the more than 50,000 new jobs expected to arrive with the new headquarters. In a press release, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said the company plans to establish 25,000 jobs in each location, with an average salary of $150,000. Hiring will begin next year.

The Future Includes Good (Human) Teachers
Andre Perry, The Hechinger Report
ACE Study Outlines Best Practices in Campus Racial Crises
Tiffany Pennamon and LaMont Jones, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Racial Inequality in College Enrollment Patterns
Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed
Commentary: Harvard Has a Choice on Diversity—and It’s Not About Race
Richard D. Kahlenberg, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Blog: Verification Melt Rate Ticks Up to 25 Percent
Bill DeBaun, National College Access Network
Robot-Ready: Human+ Skills for the Future of Work
Emsi and Strada Institute for the Future of Work
Open Doors 2018
Institute of International Education
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