Top stories in higher ed for Wednesday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
November 28, 2018
Code Switch
Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed
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What do a coding boot camp founded by two college dropouts and a small liberal arts college founded in 1890 have in common? Quite a lot, it turns out.

Make School and the Dominican University of California both want their students to be more employable. But neither one thinks they can do that entirely on their own.

In an unusual partnership, the two institutions are working together to trade expertise and share accreditation to offer degrees that combine a traditional liberal arts education with cutting-edge coding skills.

Formerly Incarcerated Students Unite in College Programs
Gary Warth, San Diego Union-Tribune
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Being new on campus can be hard for any college student. Imagine also being newly released from prison, unsure of your place at school or even in society, while trying to understand class schedules, student benefits, and graduation requirements.

The Urban Scholars Union offers a helping hand. Founded by students at San Diego City College in 2016, the effort is a support group that helps formerly incarcerated students successfully navigate college life. The program strives to empower students through information, leadership training, and mentoring. 

In the Door, and Then Out
Paul Bradley, Community College Week
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Since at least 2010, Tennessee has commanded national attention and acclaim for its groundbreaking work in improving access to college. The state's Tennessee Promise scholarship program, which covers tuition for two years at the state's community and technical colleges for recent high school graduates, has persuaded thousands of residents to enroll in college. A second program, Tennessee Reconnect, is aimed at adult learners. 

Less publicized, but perhaps more important, are the efforts by the state’s community colleges to help more students, including all those newcomers, earn a college credential. Tennessee’s 13 community colleges are defining pathways that lead to degrees or careers, improving advising, and allowing students to take both remedial and college-level courses at the same time.

Making Higher Education More Relevant and Worthwhile
Tara García Mathewson, The Hechinger Report
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Cathy Davidson, an English professor and director of the Futures Initiative at the City University of New York, contends higher education institutions must change to better prepare students for the modern world and workforce. 

This includes emphasizing interdisciplinary studies, making lessons relevant to students’ lives, encouraging collaboration, and teaching students how to keep learning and adapting to a changing world even after they leave college.

Why Automation Needs Apprenticeships
Michael Collins, IndustryWeek
Easing Up on the Rat Race
Jeremy Bauer-Wolf, Inside Higher Ed
What the Rise of the Mega-University Might Mean for the Rest of Us
Goldie Blumenstyk, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Skills Gap Continues to Grow, Say Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institute
Rachel Abbey McCafferty, Crain's Cleveland Business
New Report Sounds the Alarm in California
Esmeralda Fabián Romero, LA School Report
Building Bridges, Creating Pathways
Danielle Stimpson, Idaho Falls Magazine
Sound Advice on STEM Tech Ed Programs
Madeline Patton, Community College Daily
Howard University College of Medicine Ties Its Legacy to the Future
Tiffany Pennamon, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
The Box Is Alive and Well at Many Institutions
Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed
Work, Skills, and Community
American Enterprise Institute
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