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 15, 2018
Rethinking the First Two Years of Higher Education
Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge On Air
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Jennifer Schubert speaks the language of both higher education and business. She’s been a professor at a traditional college, as well as a consultant and business strategist. But these days she’s getting schooled in just how hard it is to start a college from scratch.

Schubert wants to rethink the first two years of college. She’s come up with a new model of a two-year college that puts less emphasis on academic disciplines and more on skills like communication and quantitative reasoning. She calls it Alder College, and it would be located in Portland, Oregon.

Selective Colleges Taken to Task
Matthew Dembicki, Community College Daily
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Today's higher education system is divided into two unequal tracks stratified by race and funding, says a new report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.

Whites are disproportionately represented at selective public colleges, according to the report. They make up 64 percent of freshman enrollment even though they are only 54 percent of the college-age population. Meanwhile, Blacks are 15 percent of the college-age population, but only 7 percent of freshmen at selective public colleges. Latinos are 21 percent of the college-age population, but only 12 percent of freshmen at selective public colleges.

The gap in funding for instructional and academic support between selective and open-access public colleges also is growing, which makes the system even more separate and unequal.

Powerful Partnerships Fuel Detroit's Rebirth
Focus Magazine
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From his downtown office, Detroit Regional Chamber President Sandy Baruah has an expansive view of his city’s recent renaissance. Just five years after declaring bankruptcy, the Motor City has shifted gears and turned itself around. Now recognized as a Talent Hub, Detroit is working in an intensely collaborative way to ensure its residents have the education and training they need to succeed in today’s economy.

‘Last Mile Grants’ a Saving Grace for LeMoyne-Owen Students
Tiffany Pennamon, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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For Frederick Jones, a "Last Mile" grant offered the unexpected miracle he desperately needed to finish his education at LeMoyne-Owen College (LOC) in Memphis.

The senior interdisciplinary studies major received the grant this fall under a new initiative at LOC that helps undergraduate seniors with financial barriers remain on track to graduation. Funded by private donors and the Delta Boule Foundation, the grants provide up to $1,500 in emergency aid to students. The initiative is a first at a Historically Black College or University (HBCU). 

Employer Engagement by Community Colleges
Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed
Purdue Launches 'Brain Gain' Initiative
Dan McGowan and Reed Parker, Inside INdiana Business
Commentary: Community Colleges' Crucial Role in Powering Local Economies
Rob Sentz and Karen Stout, Governing the States and Localities
Partnership to Help Columbus State Students in Need
Marc Kovac, The Columbus Dispatch 
How Emergency Grants are Filling Gaps in Cuomo’s Free College Plan
Michael Fitzgerald, The Chronicle of Social Change
Student Success Is Focus at APLU Convening
A.K. Brunini, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
LSU Joining National Effort to Increase College Access, Degree Attainment
Caitie Burkes, Greater Baton Rouge Business Report
The Summer Pell Bump
Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed
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