Top stories in higher ed for Thursday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
October 12, 2017
Study: Post-High School Education Lags in Some Parts of Virginia
Michael Pope, WVTF
After graduating high school, many students in Virginia move on to college and get degrees that help them enter the workforce. A new study, however, shows pockets of the state have high rates of poverty and low rates of students who begin some kind of postsecondary education or training.
Community College STEM Students Getting ‘Nudged’ Toward Success
Catherine Morris, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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Are text-based “nudges” the answer to helping students succeed in school? Up to a point, many experts say.

While they are not a silver bullet that will transform student retention and completion, “behavioral nudges” have been shown to be effective to the point that they are now a part of the education mainstream. Schools use text messages to remind students to sign up for classes, touch base with their academic advisors, and even keep them moving along in the STEM fields.

150 Colleges Eligible for 2019 Aspen Prize
Community College Daily
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The Aspen Institute on Wednesday announced the 150 community colleges eligible to compete for its $1 million 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. The recognition, which is awarded every two years, focuses on student success and looks at outstanding achievements in four areas: learning; certificate and degree completion; employment and earnings; and high levels of access and success for minority and low-income students. 

The New, Improved IPEDS
Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed
A decade in the making, an upgrade of the federal government’s main higher education database enables tracking part-time and adult students and gauging graduation rates for Pell Grant recipients. 
Opinion: Wanted: Workers With Actual Skills
Peter L. Weed, The Baltimore Sun
Report: Barriers Contribute to Lower College Attainment Rates, Wages Among Latinos
Allie Bidwell, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
Blog: Latino Students Are 'Stalling' in College, Study Finds
Catherine Gewertz, High School & Beyond
Ivy Tech Programs to Take Competency-Based Approach
Dan McGowan, Inside INdiana Business
Latino Education and Economic Progress: Running Faster But Still Behind
Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce