Top stories in higher ed for Friday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
October 4, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
Uncovering a Huge Mystery of College: Office Hours
Elissa Nadworny, NPR
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Many students show up for college and find it is a whole different world than the one they are used to, especially low-income students or those whose parents didn't go to college. For these students, it can feel like there's a hidden set of rules.

Students say that one of the most intimidating things about college is going to their professors' office hours. Some colleges and professors are responding with new approaches, including video conference apps for commuter students and holding meetings in a library or student center.

Jamie Merisotis
What Five Colleges Learned From Implementing Guided Pathways
Natalie Schwartz, Education Dive
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Guided pathways have become a full-fledged movement among community colleges in the past few years. So far, more than 300 institutions have adopted the model, which helps students graduate on time by outlining the courses they need to earn a credential or transfer to a four-year college.

Community college administrators share some of the challenges they encountered when rolling out the model and advice for other institutions doing the same.

Jamie Merisotis
Photo: Cristina Spanò
Where Did All the Students Go?
The Chronicle Review
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Last month, Bill Conley of Bucknell University sounded an alarm bell when he warned of a “sea change” in how students choose colleges. When Bucknell failed to hit its enrollment goals in the spring, the institution was far from alone. National Association for College Admission Counseling data show a large increase in the number of colleges still soliciting applications after the May 1 deadline.

Five enrollment leaders from across the country offer their thoughts on today's enrollment challenge.

Jamie Merisotis
How Did More Than 20 Schools Across the Country Increase College Graduation Rates?
Kim Bojórquez, Deseret News
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With the help of scholarships and mentorship opportunities, Sinndy Rios, a third-year University of Utah student from Guatemala City, says she feels empowered to complete her college education in four years.

As tuition and living costs reach all-time highs, higher education leaders are focusing on closing gaps that prevent students from graduation. This week, university presidents and senior officials from more than 20 schools did just that at a two-day College Completion Summit where they shared best practices on increasing their school’s completion rates.

What Would Make Innovation Easier in Higher Ed? We Asked Four Experts
Goldie Blumenstyk, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Blog: Why Higher Education Will Change
Steve Mintz, Higher Ed Gamma
CC Launches College Prep Program for Promising High School Students
Erinn Callahan, Colorado Springs Business Journal
Hunger on Campus: How College Students Can Get Help
Anna Helhoski, The Washington Post
Federal-State Partnerships for College Affordability
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
ACE Convening Puts Spotlight on College Unbound
Sarah Wood, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Higher Ed Presidents Form Council to Improve Go-On Rate
Devin Bodkin, Idaho Press-Tribune (Idaho)
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