Top stories in higher ed for Monday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
October 15, 2018
New Bar for Hispanic-Serving Institutions
Emma Whitford, Inside Higher Ed
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Excelencia in Education is getting into the college ratings game with data-driven metrics on how well colleges serve Latinx students.

The "Seal of Excelencia" will challenge colleges to reach a set of data, practice, and leadership benchmarks that demonstrate their institutional commitment to helping Latinx students succeed, not just by upping Latinx enrollment, but by ensuring that all parts of the college, from student retention rates to course design and faculty representation, contribute to Latinx student success. 
OER Promotes Student Success
Ellie Ashford, Community College Daily
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Open educational resources (OER) could lead to higher persistence and completion rates for community college students, according to a new study from Achieving the Dream. The study says OER degree pathways not only save students money, they produce significant benefits in instruction and student learning experiences.

A Turnaround Within: How a Texas College Boosted Its Graduation Rates—and Morale
Sydney Johnson, EdSurge
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In 2012, Texarkana College faced severe financial challenges. Students were struggling, and many never made it to the finish line. The college has since made some major changes, including a full re-design of its developmental education to reduce the number of non-credit courses that students were taking and paying for.

Texarkana now uses student records data to stay apprised of when students are struggling. Attendance is the main data point they focus on: If a student misses a class, the system notifies a faculty advisor, who reaches out to the student. Students at the college also have access to a tool called “Connect,” which shows them their degree pathway and progression toward graduation.

State Governors Want to Create New Wave of Upward Mobility
Ramona Schindelheim, WorkingNation
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Jobs are changing. Some are going away, with new ones being created. As technology continues to evolve, the level of disruption is projected to explode. The new chair of the National Governors Association is calling on his fellow governors to turn this challenge into an opportunity for every American.
The New Job for Life: Learning
Jeffrey J. Selingo, The Washington Post
Low Profile, Big Changes
Eric Kelderman, The Chronicle of Higher Education
To Find the Best Fit, Ignore the Rankings
Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed
Opinion: Build a Bridge From Schools to Jobs
Kirk Cox, Richmond Times-Dispatch
Finding the Data That Makes a Difference
Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
What Does Equal Educational Opportunity for All Students Really Mean?
Stacy Hawkins, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
New Roles Focus on First-Generation Students’ Issues
Julia Piper, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Why College Costs Soared as More Students Enrolled
John Thelin, Duluth News Tribune
Data Snapshot: Contingent Faculty in U.S. Higher Ed
American Association of University Professors
A Fit Over Rankings: Why College Engagement Matters More Than Selectivity
Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education
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