Top stories in higher ed for Tuesday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
November 27, 2018
Shelby County Woman Has Mentored More Than 100 College Students
Jennifer Pignolet, Memphis Commercial Appeal
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Middle-of-the-night texts are nothing unusual for Felicia Orr. The Shelby County resident has mentored more than 100 college students over the last seven years through tnAchieves. 

The program initially was created as a way to provide support for low-income and first-generation students by eliminating the barriers associated with entering the postsecondary pipeline. Today, it is the partnering organization for the Tennessee Promise free college program. 

Building the Future of ‘New Collar’ Jobs With Digital Badging
The EvoLLLution
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With more than 500,000 vacant jobs in the technology industry, it's critical to find ways to not only develop skills that are in demand for high-paying careers, but also to create new ways to recognize and certify the skills and competencies needed to succeed in future jobs.

In this interview, David Leaser and Rachel Akers of IBM discuss the potential of digital badges and their value for students, employees, and employers. 

Imagining an Apple Store for Online Degrees
Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed
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Georgia Institute of Technology is considering creating brick-and-mortar "storefronts" for prospective and current students to sample its course offerings, listen to lectures, and network.

The effort is part of Georgia Tech's plans to make its online degrees and professional education certificates more appealing to the nontraditional students of tomorrow, who the institution predicts will expect "flexible learning experiences."

Dean at UC-Irvine Seeks to Solve Higher Ed’s Existential Crisis With Data—Lots of It
Steven Johnson, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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In 2011, the sociologist Richard Arum bemoaned the lack of rigor in American higher education. In 2016, he critiqued the “inadequate and wrongheaded approaches,” especially those focusing on labor-market data, that drive most studies of student outcomes.

Now, as dean of the University of California at Irvine’s School of Education, he gets to design his own study, leading a new effort to track students’ academic, social, and personal behaviors to gauge their success.

Can a Former Gates Grantmaker Save Public Colleges in Pennsylvania?
Lee Gardner, The Chronicle of Higher Education
This City Is Offering You $10,000 to Move There
Hamza Shaban, The Washington Post
We Really Need Nurses. How Louisville Is Stepping Up Its Training
Morgan Watkins, Louisville Courier Journal
Report: Adult Students in Tennessee Face Roadblocks
Michael Christen, The Daily Herald
Why Are Students Ditching the History Major?
Emma Pettit, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Opinion: Innovative Colleges Serving Students Better
Holly Kuzmich, Charleston Gazette-Mail
Viewpoint: Think About the Little-Known Faces of Hunger
Dennis Martell and Anne Buffington, Lansing State Journal
Beyond College for All
David Cantor, The 74
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