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, 2018
A High-Profile Tech Boot Camp Stumbles
Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed
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Steve Wozniak has had something of a golden touch, most notably in co-founding Apple with Steve Jobs. But the postsecondary education provider named for him, Woz U, may tarnish rather than burnish his reputation.

Like many education start-ups, Woz U promised to dramatically improve the quality of education provided by traditional colleges. It's now the subject of critical news report citing dissatisfied students. Meanwhile, its leaders defend quality but acknowledge flaws and a slow start.
Online Portal Connects Ohio’s Industry, Higher Education Innovators
Jennifer Smola, The Columbus Dispatch
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A new tool called the Ohio Innovation Exchange is designed to be a "one-stop shop" for businesses curious about resources, research, equipment, and expertise that might be available to them in Ohio at the state's academic institutions.  

The hope is to expand the effort in the future to include additional colleges throughout Ohio, as well as add components to help make the tool more "bidirectional," so that academic institutions can use it to gain insight into what businesses are doing and how they could help.

Montana Vote Becomes a National Referendum on Public Confidence in Higher Ed
Jon Marcus, The Hechinger Report
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Montana residents are alone in the nation in being required to weigh in every 10 years on whether to allot a portion of their property taxes to support their public universities and colleges. While they’ve said “yes” every decade since the question started being asked in 1948, the margin has been narrowing, and this year’s vote comes at a time of growing antagonism toward both academia and taxes.

That makes Montana’s so-called 6-mill levy a referendum not just on one state’s local property tax rate, but on the national mood toward higher education.

California Community Colleges Seek Larger Cal Grants to Cover Students' Living Costs
Mikhail Zinshteyn, EdSource
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California’s community college system is advancing a bold plan to overhaul how students in the state receive financial aid.

Specifically, the state's community college leaders want to remove restrictions that keep hundreds of thousands of students from receiving the Cal Grant by basing the size of the grant on the total cost of college attendance.
Working Past 65? It’s Easier to Do If You Graduated College
Stan Choe and Sarah Skidmore Sell, The Washington Post
How Faculty Advisers Can Be First Responders When Students Need Help
Alexander C. Kafka, The Chronicle of Higher Education
At 100 Wisconsin Schools, Most Seniors Miss Chance for College Aid Through FAFSA
Laura Schulte and Keegan Kyle, Appleton Post Crescent
Keeping Students on Course
Community College Daily
A Course Experiment Tackles Textbook Costs
Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed
Use of 529 Plans Rising—Along With Revenue Impact
Phillip Oliff, Laura Pontari, and Rebecca Thiess, Pew Charitable Trusts
HACU Leaders Focus on Internationalization, Immigration Reform
Tiffany Pennamon, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
GI Bill Benefits Backlog at VA Leaves Student Veterans in Limbo
Allie Bidwell, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
Cal State System Is Dropping Remedial Classes
Halona Black, Education Dive
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