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 5, 2018
The Power of Student Peer Leaders
David Bornstein, The New York Times
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Four years ago, college was not on the radar for Moises Urena. During his first two years attending high school in New York, he experienced periods of homelessness, and his home life was full of stress. He skipped class regularly.

Today, Urena is a junior at the State University of New York at Albany. He credits his transformation to an organization called PeerForward, which helps students from low-income backgrounds plan for success after high school. The effort also trains students to be peer leaders so they can guide fellow students to apply for college or plan for postsecondary vocations.

Discovering the Value of Work-Based Learning Opportunities
Matt Parke, WorkingNation
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What is "work-based learning" and how can it improve workforce development in the United States?

A recent WorkingNation Town Hall gathered experts from education, workforce advocacy, and business to discuss the promise of quality work-based learning opportunities to train workers for an evolving labor market.
25 Illinois Colleges Team Up to Improve Attainment
James Paterson, Education Dive
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A group of 25 public and private, two- and four-year colleges in Illinois want to close the gap in graduation rates for disadvantaged students by 2025.

As part of the Illinois Equity in Attainment Initiative, the institutions will offer financial aid packages that meet the specific needs of low-income students, clearly map out degree paths to help students graduate on time, and make the campus community more inviting to students from underrepresented backgrounds.
Companies Lure New Workers With College Coaching, Student Debt Repayment
Te-Ping Chen, The Wall Street Journal
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As companies compete for workers in the tightest labor market in years, they’re rolling out new education benefits like college coaching and student loan repayments to recruit employees.

Rariety Monford, 27, product supervisor at health-care company Abbott Laboratories, is a beneficiary of this trend. Growing up in Cincinnati as the daughter of a single mother, Monford was the first in her family to attend college. But it meant racking up $60,000 in student loans, which Abbott is now helping her pay down as part of a program launched this summer.

The Future of Work When Machines Take It Over
Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
Skills Gap or Pay Gap? 
Randy Tucker, Cincinnati Enquirer
Study: No Clear Definition on Who Is a First-Generation Student
Jamie Rogers, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
What’s Keeping Enrollment Up at One Alabama College
Trent Randolph, Community College Daily
First-Generation Student Success
NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education
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