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.
October 2, 2018
University of North Georgia Implementing 'Momentum Year' to Help Freshmen Get a Taste of Their Major
Joshua Silavent, The Gainesville Times
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For many college students, the toughest part of earning a bachelor's degree is getting through the first two years of core classes and deciding on a major area of study.

To help students graduate faster and avoid excess costs, the University of North Georgia is implementing a "Momentum Year" beginning in the fall of 2019. The effort, which aims to give freshmen a taste of their chosen degree path before it's too late, is part of a systemwide initiative to increase college completion rates. 
Free to Succeed: The Last Mile Trains the Incarcerated to Become Coders
Matt Parke, WorkingNation
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The Last Mile program is a first-of-its-kind effort that teaches coding skills to inmates at seven U.S. prisons. From its startup origins at California’s San Quentin State Prison in 2010 to its first out-of-state expansion at the Indiana Women’s Prison this year, the program is proving that the formerly incarcerated deserve second chances and entry into high-tech jobs.

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Career-Ready Education Needs Colleges and Businesses Working Together
Adam Peck, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Employers and higher-education professionals have similar goals. Colleges want to prepare students to be knowledgeable in their fields, excel in their careers, and be lifelong learners who can adapt to changes over time. To reach those worthy ideals, however, colleges and industries will need to work together, writes Adam Peck of Stephen F. Austin State University in this commentary.

Dallas County Promise Touts Impressive College Completion Numbers
Sammy G. Allen, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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Jose Alvarez describes himself as a struggling, first-generation student at El Centro College. His hardships include a lack of transportation and food. But he has made a promise to himself and his family to "never give up."

Dallas County Promise, a massive effort to send every graduating senior to college for free, has not only been successful but transformative in helping Alvarez and other students realize their college dreams. 
College and Coding Boot Camp Find a Way to Team Up
Melissa Korn, The Wall Street Journal
New Life for ACICS
Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed
'Time Poverty' of Students Who Are Parents
Emma Whitford, Inside Higher Ed
How a Long-Shot Scholarship Changed a Refugee’s Life
Libby Sander, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Popular 'Free College' Programs Yield Mixed Results
Jill Barshay, The Hechinger Report
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