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 19, 2017
Targeting the Labor Market With Free College
Iris Palmer, New America
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Many states are already working to expand apprenticeship. Bringing this work together with a workforce-focused free college agenda could create a powerful system to address labor market needs. 

Photo: AP/Bebeto Matthews
New Data Highlight How Higher Education Is Failing Part-Time Students
Colleen Campbell and Marcella Bombardieri, Center for American Progress
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For the first time, the federal government has published data on the outcomes of students who begin their college career studying part time. The data are clear: American higher education needs to do a better job helping these students get through college. Just less than 25 percent of part-time students receive a degree or certificate within eight years from the college where they first enrolled.

Report Seeks Help for Low-Income Student Parents
Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed
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A new report from the Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution calls for key supports to help student-parents balance child-care responsibilities with work and study.  

Surpassing “Feeders and Fillers” Model to Drive Long-Term Engagement With Transfer Students
Tara Vasold Fischer, The EvoLLLution
Transfer students face certain challenges in their transition to a four-year institution, including infrequent interaction with faculty and staff.

Dickinson College deploys a distinctive approach to connect with transfer students, from initial contact with prospective transfers to exit interviews with graduating seniors. A commitment to the entire college lifecycle drives this relationship.
ETS: ‘Targeted and Tailored’ Strategies Needed to Close Achievement Gaps
Jamaal Abdul-Alim, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Improving Equity in College Completion
The Center for Law and Social Policy
Funding Plan for Higher-Ed in State Taking Shape
Aziza Musa, Arkansas Online (Arkansas)
Michigan Inmates Paroled With New Job Skills
Jonathan Oosting, The Detroit News
Amazon Wants to Be Near a Downtown University
Scott Andes, Brookings Institution
Opinion: Keep the College Promise
Matt Gandal, U.S. News & World Report
Barren County: Work Ready Community
Will Perkins, Glasgow Daily Times