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 9, 2018
Does Your College Have a Math Concierge?
Angela Pascopella, eCampus News
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Some students at Rio Salado College have little memory or knowledge of math concepts either bcause they are older than the average college student or left high school early. Rather than letting students get stuck in remedial classes that might block them from reaching their education goals, the community college decided to try something new: pair technology with human help to increase student success. 

The Math Emporium is an informal, cafe-style study and practice space to help students navigate basic math. It's also staffed by a math "concierge" who acts as tutor, small-group presenter, and coach.
Improving Community College Completion Rates by Addressing Structural and Motivational Barriers
Elizabeth Mann Levesque, Brookings Institution
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Community colleges can play a pivotal role in providing individuals with viable pathways into the American middle class, maintaining a strong workforce, and building a competitive 21st-century economy. Yet, many community college students never complete a credential or degree.

A new report discusses the structural and motivational barriers these students face, potential solutions, and offers policy recommendations to boost completion rates.

The Federal Reserve Is Taking on the Digital Divide
Molly Wood, Marketplace
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Almost 40 percent of rural America, or about 23 million people, don't have access to broadband internet or reliable mobile service. In the long term, this digital divide is a huge economic problem. Companies need high-skilled workers, and people without decent internet access can't find those jobs or get the training they might need to do them.

Tulsa Community College Adopts, Funds New Student Advising Model
K.S. McNutt, The Oklahoman
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Tulsa Community College (TCC) has achieved a goal four years in the making—providing one academic adviser for every 350 students. It's a ratio recommended by national education organizations, but rarely attained on Oklahoma public college campuses.

Using $7 million in private dollars, TCC hired 22 new academic advisers and 10 online Answer Center advisers this year. The money will cover the costs for five years.

TCC's student-to-adviser ratio hit a high of 1,044-to-1 in 2014.
Falling Confidence in Higher Ed
Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed
What the Degree Really Means
Scott Carlson, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Is Automation Coming for Your Job?
Jeff McGaw, The Reading Eagle
Conference Focuses on Championing Hispanic Higher Education Success
Tiffany Pennamon, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Opinion: Restore Funding for Higher Education, But With a Plan
Walter Rubel, Las Cruces Sun-News (New Mexico)
Career Technology Education Sees Rebirth
Grace Pecci, Nashua Telegraph
Education Department Misstated Support for ACICS
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
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