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 11, 2017
Sparking Opportunities for Education and Career Pathways
Brian Boomer, Stanford Social Innovation Review
A regional college consortium in California’s Central Valley uses technology and alternative programming to create equitable educational pathways for students with “some college, no degree.”
Like Their Students, Colleges Are Vastly Increasing the Amount They Borrow
Jon Marcus, The Hechinger Report
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Some postsecondary institutions are overspending on renovations and new facilities that they hope will boost enrollment, but experts say this plan could lead to financial crisis.

Texas Trade School Tries to Keep Up With Construction Demand
Hansi Lo Wang, WUWM
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A new construction trade school is opening at Lone Star College in Houston just weeks after flooding from Hurricane Harvey ravaged homes around the city. Students are learning skills that are in high demand.

New Data On Course Loads and Persistence
Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed
New research from Civitas Learning says small increases in course loads can increase the odds that students will stick with college and eventually graduate, particularly part-time students. 
Workforce Plans Put New Emphasis On Paid Apprenticeships
Dan Zehr, Austin American-Statesman (Texas)
Blog: Through Partnership, Kansas Workers Align With Industry Demand
Stan Ahlerich, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation