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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 19, 2018
Black Scholars Find Support, Success in Highline College Pilot Program
Neal Morton, The Seattle Times
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Four years ago, a group of faculty and staff members at Highline College in Washington State took an exploratory trip to the San Francisco Bay Area.

Their mission: Find some way to help more Black students earn enough college credit each school year and lower the rate at which they enter remedial classes—which they would pay for at full cost but earn no credit.

They found their answer in the Umoja Community program. Named after the Swahili word for "unity," Umoja places small groups of its students together in the same set of classes that include cultural context through an African-American lens, such as studying the legacy and trauma of slavery in America on today's Black community. The program also includes mentorship and academic advising.

As Students Flock to Credentials Other Than Degrees, Quality-Control Concerns Grow
Matt Krupnick, The Hechinger Report
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Thousands of credentials classes aimed at improving specific skills have cropped up outside of traditional colleges. Some classes are boot camps, including those popular with computer coders. Others are even more narrowly focused, such as courses on factory automation and breastfeeding. Colleges and universities have responded by adding non-degree programs of their own.

Non-degree credentials have been growing in popularity. But as students invest more time and money in them, concerns grow about credentials’ quality control and value.

Cultures Connect to Aid Indiana County
Focus Magazine
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Elkhart County, Indiana, has been in the economic spotlight before. Its light was especially harsh during the Great Recession, when unemployment spiked at 20 percent. Things are much better these days, and a local talent-development coalition is committed to maintaining that momentum.

The coalition is decidedly cross-cultural, involving local industry, a growing Latino population, and a progressive university affiliated with the Mennonite Church.

How Community Colleges Can Help Push Students ‘Through the Finish Line’
Alexander C. Kafka, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Remedial classes, repeated courses, and course withdrawals signal trouble for many students. Yet for some, that pattern actually predicts greater success. The key is looking at the student profile as a whole, a new study suggests.

This is especially true of part-time students who have jobs because they tend to be adult learners who need to work and support a family, the report notes. The higher-education literature also suggests that because their degrees are tied to their need for achievement and higher wages, these students are generally more motivated.

Examining the Role of TCUs in Native Student Success and Retention
Tiffany Pennamon, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
UA President Robbins Unveils New Strategic Plan
Ariana Brocious, Arizona Public Media
Podcast: ‘Robot-Ready’ or Not, the Future Is Coming
Ramona Schindelheim, Work in Progress
'AI for Everyone': Coursera Tackles Training for the Nontechnical
Hallie Busta and Alex Hickey, Education Dive
‘An Oasis in Rural America’
Ellie Ashford and Matthew Dembicki, Community College Daily
Hyper-Focused on Student Success
Deanna Sheely, AACC 21st Century Center
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