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 22, 2018
Here’s What Today’s Students Want From College
Jeffrey J. Selingo, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Without a clear understanding of their students, colleges and universities often fail to think beyond the core populations they are already enrolling or assume the academic programs and student services they're offering are suitable.

Institutions that use online survey data to group students into segments can personalize campus services and put themselves on stronger financial footing.
Education Is Changing Lives at California’s San Quentin Prison
Jasmine Haywood, Medium
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Studies show that incarcerated individuals who get access to education behind bars are far less likely to return to prison after they're released. 

But few of America's crowded prisons have higher education programs designed to reach inmates face-to-face.

The Prison University Project at San Quentin State Prison is an exception. Since 2003, it's been giving inmates not only education and training, but also hope for a better future. 

Helping Underrepresented Students Score Tomorrow’s Jobs
Sydney Johnson, EdSurge
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When it comes to postsecondary education, it’s increasingly hard on low-income families and students working to make ends meet on their path to a degree. For some students, the technology sector offers one career pathway to keep up with the rapidly changing economy and landscape.

Getting those jobs isn’t simple, and it’s no secret that the technology industry struggles to recruit and retain people of color, women and employees from low-income backgrounds. But educators and higher-ed institutions may be able play a part to get more underrepresented students into the talent pipeline for the tech industry.

Idaho Colleges Might Soon Be Paid for Their Number of Graduates, Not Teaching Time
Clark Corbin, The Idaho Statesman
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Major changes may be in store to the way in which Idaho's colleges and universities are funded. Last week, the State Board of Education voted unanimously to waive its traditional funding model and begin phasing in a new outcomes-based funding model.

Under the outcomes-based funding model, colleges and universities would receive funding based on the number of graduates the institutions produce, as opposed to the number and type of credit hours the students take.
Can Blockchain Transform Credentialing?
Dennis Pierce, eCampus News
Opinion: State in Need of Skilled Workers
Todd Holcomb, Scottsbluff Star Herald (Nebraska)
Harvard on Trial
The Chronicle of Higher Education
USC Center Helps Advance Racial Equity
Jamal Watson, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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