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 18, 2017
A Kayak for Credentials
Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed
An ambitious project to create a public database of wage data and other information about all postsecondary credentials seeks to help students and employers know more about what's expected in academic and job-training programs.
Photo: Renée C. Byer
Job Training in Prison Has Gone Way Beyond Stamping License Plates
Cynthia Hubert, The Sacramento Bee
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Prison job training in California has gone far beyond learning how to craft license plates and bookcases. Today, the state’s Prison Industry Authority is helping inmates learn highly valued technical skills that make them immediately employable once they serve their time and are released to the outside world.

Memo to Next Governor: Appoint Blue Ribbon Panel on Higher Education
Colleen O'Dea, NJ Spotlight
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A new report urges New Jersey’s next governor to raise the profile of higher education, provide more funding for colleges and low-income students, and bring the public back into the process of higher education planning and oversight.

EdTech Hero: Tim Renick Leverages Data to Propel Georgia Students to Graduation
Emily Tate, EdScoop
Timothy Renick, a religious ethics professor for more than 25 years, also happens to be an educational technology evangelist.

Renick's GPS Advising system at Georgia State University analyzes student data to produce measurable results. Since going live with the system in 2012, Georgia State has increased retention rates by 16 percent, lowered the average time to degree by more than half a semester and raised graduation rates by 22 percent — all by leveraging data and technology. 
The College Chasm
Charles T. Clotfelter, Harvard Magazine
‘Poison in the Ivy’
Nick Roll, Inside Higher Ed
FTEs Don’t Equal Students
Community College Daily
D.C.-Area Higher Ed Presidents Support DACA
Catherine Morris, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
When Less Is More: Prioritizing Open Access
American Association of Community Colleges