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 10, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
Gramps Knew That All Learning Matters; It’s Time to Make It All Count
Haley Glover, Medium
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Today's postsecondary system honors the learning gained at traditional colleges and universities, while all but ignoring the learning gained in other ways. In doing so, it discounts vast amounts of talent—on the job, in prisons, and in the military. 

A new initiative called All Learning Counts will support nine organizations working to ensure that knowledge, skills, and abilities gained outside formal higher education can be recognized and applied toward programs that lead to credentials of value.  

California Offers More Emergency Funds for Community College Students
Hallie Busta, Education Dive
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Feeling insecure about where to find shelter or food can have a significant psychological and academic effect on college students.

New legislation in California hopes to address these challenges by giving community colleges access to more funding for emergency grants so they can help students continue their education in the event of unexpected financial issues.

Nonprofit Aims to Support Latino Students Up Through First Career Job Offer
Sarah Wood, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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Attaining a higher education in the United States can be challenging, especially for those facing socioeconomic and language barriers.

As a ­first-generation Latina college graduate, Shirley Acevedo Buontempo noticed that many low-income Latino students were not reaching their full potential because they lacked the resources necessary to understand the college process.

Buontempo aims to close those college equity gaps through an organization called Latino U College Access.

Jamie Merisotis
The Key to Guided Pathways: You Need to Get Started
Ricky Tompkins and Tom Shaver, The EvoLLLution
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Higher education’s promise is being undercut by low completion rates—especially among less-advantaged Americans who could benefit the most from education and training beyond high school. At the same time, students who are able to earn a degree often waste significant time and money. On average, community college graduates earn 22 credit hours more than needed.

Guided pathways have emerged as a promising strategy to increase on-time completion, with broad support from states, foundations, and institutions. Research continues to validate the idea that students are more likely to graduate if they have a clear path—or degree map—rather than being asked to choose from among a vast array of courses.

Goal: 1 Million 'Second Chance' Jobs
Thomas Breen, New Haven Independent 
Survey Reveals a Heightened Sense of Financial Insecurity
Lois Elfman, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Student Story: Penson Busts Barriers
Roger Mirabito, AACC 21st Century Center
Opinion: A Recent Grad's Perspective on Higher Education Today
Brockton Corbett, Addison County Independent
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