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.
October 3, 2018
Tackling Poverty to Increase Graduations
Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed
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A growing number of colleges are trying to help poor students meet their basic needs and remove barriers that keep them from graduating. 

Amarillo College is a prime example. Last year, the Texas community college established an Advocacy and Resource Center on its campus to centralize efforts to tackle poverty. The center is a one-stop shop for students to access emergency aid and social services and find resources for their childcare needs. It also has a free food pantry and clothing bank.
What Happens When You Pay Students to Get Ready for College? One State Is About to Find Out.
Matt Barnum, Chalkbeat
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The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) has a new tactic for helping more students get ready for college: paying them money as they take small steps in that direction.

CZI is working with Rhode Island to try out the strategy. The effort, which targets high-scoring students from low-income families in the state, includes a step-by-step achievement-focused program to give students the tools they need to succeed on the path to college.

Graduates Are Told They Can Do Anything With Their Degrees. Is That Why They Feel Lost?
Scott Carlson, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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For many students, the march toward high-school diplomas and college degrees doesn’t include much time for reflection, technical training, or practical experience in a career. And many colleges may not methodically connect students to alumni or local professionals who can outline what a student can expect from a profession, or how to get started.

Some schools are taking note. They are ramping up career counseling services and creating efforts to blend a liberal-arts education with practical or technical skills—considered a killer combination in the job market today.

From Pre-K to Postsecondary: Creating a Lifelong Education Continuum
The EvoLLLution
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By looking at pre-K to postsecondary education as a continuum, rather than as a series of disjointed learning experiences, policymakers can better position young learners for success in an increasingly changing workforce and educational landscape.

In this interview, Aaliyah Samuel of the National Governors Association discusses why creating access to learning opportunities from the earliest ages best prepares young learners for an evolving future. 
Opinion: Where Is the Economy Headed?
Tatiana Bailey, Colorado Springs Gazette (Colorado)
Opinion: Quality Jobs Are Key to Economic Advancement
John F. Murphy, The Kansas City Star
Colleges That Promote Social Mobility
Eric Brooks, U.S. News & World Report
New EAB Software Helps Students on Transfer Process
Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed
Increasing College Knowledge
AACC 21st Century Center
Opinion: Congress Is Playing Catch-Up With Today’s Students
George Miller and Julie Peller, The Hill 
Blog: 'If I Had Known Then…'
Matt Reed, Confessions of a Community College Dean
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