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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, 2018
Education Mobilizes the City of Mobile
Focus Magazine
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When Katlyn George signed up for a course called “elementary math” at her local community college in Alabama, she was surprised to learn “elementary math” was actually a developmental course for which she had no need and would receive no credit.

Such missteps are surprisingly common, particularly among students like George, who was the first in her family to attend college. At best, these missteps can delay progress and increase cost, especially among transfer students. At worst, they can prevent graduation altogether. So, three postsecondary institutions in Mobile—the University of South Alabama, Bishop State Community College, and Coastal Alabama Community College—have launched a cooperative effort to prevent them.

Raising Awareness Around the Impact of Year-Round Pell
Tiffany Pennamon, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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Recent study and survey findings around the impact of year-round Pell (YRP) signal an opportunity for colleges and universities to increase awareness about the benefits of the grant aid.

YRP awards are tied to gains in students' credit accumulation, completion rates and employment earnings, according to a study by Dr. Vivian Liu of the Community College Research Center (CCRC). However, many eligible low-income students are unaware of YRP aid or do not take advantage of it, which could hinder their momentum toward degree completion.

Statewide Data on OER Savings
Mark Lieberman, Inside Higher Ed
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North Dakota’s investment of $110,000 in open educational resources saved students at the state’s public institutions at least 10 times that amount, and likely much more, in textbook costs over two academic years, according to a new report from the state auditor’s office.

Advocates of OER view openly licensed course materials as an equitable alternative to increasingly expensive required textbooks from commercial publishers. Numerous states, and more recently the federal government, have begun funding OER initiatives, but consensus on their impact remains elusive.

Latino Students in California Still Lag in College Success
Larry Gordon, EdSource
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A new report by the Campaign for College Opportunity says colleges and state policymakers in California must take further steps to create higher education access and success for Latino students.

Among the recommendations for improvement cited in the study: expanding enrollment at the 10-campus University of California and the 23-campus California State University systems so there is more room for students of Latino heritage; improving community college programs that guarantee transfers to four-year-schools; getting high schools to offer more college-prep classes; and bolstering state college financial aid.

Udemy and the Empire of Skills
Michael Bernick, Forbes
Six Takeaways on How Young Adults Find Good Jobs
Martha Ross and Nicole Bateman, Brookings Institution
Opinion: Doing More to Close the Skills Gap
Ginny Shindelar, The Gazette
Community Is Key for Native American Scholars
Lois Elfman, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
The Benefits of Borrowing
Benjamin M. Marx and Lesley J. Turner, Education Next
Want a Job at Amazon? Here's How to Get One.
Robert J. Terry, Washington Business Journal
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