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 16, 2017
Can These New Colleges Help Solve Higher Education’s Equity Problem?
Allison Dulin Salisbury, EdSurge
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Young people from families in the top income quartile are eight times more likely than those from the bottom quartile to earn a bachelor's degree by the age of 24.

But change is coming, and for the better. In the past few years, new postsecondary models have started to spring up on the fringes of higher education. “Hybrid colleges,” as some have dubbed these efforts, are pioneering new approaches to equitable, sustainable and scaleable postsecondary education.

California Has Millions of Good-Paying Jobs for Workers Without a Bachelor’s Degree
Mikhail Zinshteyn, EdSource
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California has plenty of jobs for workers without a college degree as long they’re trained in the skills needed for these new service-sector positions.
Nontraditional Students Gaining Steam in Higher Ed Discussions
Patti Zarling and Shalina Chatlani, Education Dive
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With more nontraditional students entering college campuses, higher education leaders are starting to focus on how their business model applies to them.

Using Data To Get To and Through College: Part 2
Third Way
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Some postsecondary institutions are using data in innovative ways to get more people to and through college. Watch this recap of a recent event by Third Way on how pioneering institutional leaders and partners are using data to help students complete their degrees and credentials once they’re enrolled. 
Photo: Bebeto Matthews
The Student Loan Default Crisis for Borrowers With Children
Colleen Campbell, Center for American Progress
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Attending college as a parent can be a daunting affair: It’s hard to find enough hours in the day for work, family, and school. Now, new data show another challenge for student-parents: repaying their federal loans. 

Building a Three-Dimensional Record of Student Learning
David Raths, Campus Technology
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Forward-looking universities are expanding the traditional student transcript into a more complete digital representation of learning inside and outside the classroom.
Leading the Charge to Raise Awareness About the Many Faces of Adult Education
Sharon Bonney, Coalition on Adult Basic Education
Opinion: The New ‘Traditional’ Student
Rick Kurtz, Portsmouth Daily Times (Ohio)
Blog: Getting ‘Near-Completers’ Back to Campus
Ivy Love, Education Commission of the States
Managers Aren’t Doing Enough to Train Employees for the Future
David W. Ballard, Harvard Business Review
Opinion: You Can Get a Good Job Without a Bachelor's Degree
Chauncy Lennon and Anthony P. Carnevale, Bloomberg
Survey: Financial Aid Professionals Worry About Student Financial Literacy
Allie Bidwell, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
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