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 17, 2017
In Support of a Clear, Shared Definition of College Affordability
Zakiya Smith, Lumina Foundation
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College affordability—two simple words. Two critically important, yet distressingly hollow words. Policymakers, college administrators, and student advocates all use this term, but no one seems to precisely define what it means or what achieving it would look like. 

Lumina Strategy Director for Finance and Federal Policy Zakiya Smith shares thoughts on what college affordability means.
Looking to Scale Up Apprenticeships
Matthew Dembicki, Community College Daily
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Apprenticeships are making a comeback in states throughout the country, helping workers learn in-demand skills. The model for funding apprenticeship programs, however, is less clear. 

Rethinking the Mission: Community Colleges and Workforce Education
American Enterprise Institute
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Among the education providers in a position to help close the middle-skills gap—unmet demand for workers with more than a high school diploma but less than a four-year degree—community colleges may be the only institution with the reach and scale to make the difference that’s needed.
Partnership With Umoja Program Helps Community College Students Achieve, Succeed at UC
Nicole Freeling, University of California
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UC Riverside transfer student Latasha Murray went back to school as a 33-year-old mother of four, with hopes of ultimately going on to medical school. She’s thriving as a university student, but acknowledges the transition from work to life as a college student wouldn’t have been possible without the support she received through Moreno Valley College’s Umoja program.

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Why the U.S. Fails at Worker Training
Lolade Fadulu, The Atlantic
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Dr. Anthony Carnevale, research professor and director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, discusses why the United States has far to go when it comes to worker training.

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Rural Schools Join Forces to Make College the Rule, Rather Than the Exception
Amadou Diallo, The Hechinger Report/The Christian Science Monitor
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Cooperation among sparsely populated districts in Ohio fuels a successful—and necessary—push for college in a place where manufacturing jobs have disappeared.

Nearly Everyone Supports Career Education. But What Would Make It Work?
Adam Harris, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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The intricacies of the vocational-education system make it difficult not only for students to access it, but also for businesses to find a way in. Lawmakers have been looking for ways not only to make it easier for students to get financial aid, but also to streamline the process for getting programs off the ground. 
Summit Highlights 'Crucial' Workforce Development Efforts
Miranda Klein, Alexandria Town Talk (Louisiana)
Chamber: Talent Recruitment, Transit, Workforce Keys to 2018
J. Scott Trubey, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Georgia)
Workforce Development: 32 Credit Hours, Tuition Free
Debra Gibson, The Lane Report (Kentucky)
Opinion: Higher Education Needs Disruption
John Bardo, Wichita Business Journal
The Bottom Line on College Counseling
Andrew Barr and Benjamin Castleman
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