Top stories in higher ed for Monday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
November 20, 2017
Using the ‘Blue Book’ as a Guide
Matthew Dembicki, Community College Daily
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Michael Chipps, president of Nebraska’s Northeast Community College, says his institution has spent the past four years redesigning, reinventing, and resetting processes, people, and practices by using the “Blue Book” as a foundational guide to dramatically improve college completion. 

Earn While You Learn: Ivy Tech Offers Education, Better Jobs With Apprenticeships
Caele Pemberton, The Kokomo Tribune
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What if you could get paid while going to school? For apprentices at Ivy Tech Kokomo, that’s a reality.

Apprenticeships serve as a combination between on-the-job training and college courses at the community college, with the goal of helping students qualify for better, higher-paying jobs.

Delaware's Pathways Program Considered a Model for the Nation
Linda Jacobson, Education Dive
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Career and technical education (CTE) programs are no longer considered second-rate options for students viewed as unlikely to attend college. Instead, CTE programs have become an effective strategy for showing students how what they are learning in their core academic courses applies in multiple career fields.
A Win-Win for Oklahoma Employers, Job Seekers
Natalie Shirley, The Oklahoman
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Private and public partners are investing in long-term strategies to develop and nurture Oklahoma's current and future talent pipeline. One of these strategies is Earn and Learn Oklahoma, a goal established to increase the number of paid apprenticeships and internships in the state to 20,000 by the year 2020.

Bounty of Promise Programs in California
Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed
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With nearly 50 different local tuition-free initiatives, California colleges contemplate how they may merge existing programs with a new statewide plan.
Kellogg Grant Could Help Thousands Earn College Degrees
Ashley Norwood, Mississippi Public Broadcasting 
America’s Digitalization Divide
Richard Florida, CityLab
Agencies Form Alliance to Coordinate Workforce Development Programs
Sherri Welch, Crain's Detroit Business (Michigan)
Opinion: Celebrate, Foster the Skilled Trades
Ginny Shindelar, Quad-City Times
Members of Congress Introduce Legislation to Simplify FAFSA Form
Tiffany Pennamon, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
GOP Bill Would Force Students Who Don’t Graduate to Repay Pell Grants
Adam Harris, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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