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 24, 2018
Coaxing Dropouts to Return and Earn Degrees
Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed  
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In the quest to help raise degree-attainment rates across the country, college administrators are realizing they’ve allowed millions of students to drop out over the decades, and now they want them back.

The colleges have joined a new national effort, Degrees When Due by the Institute for Higher Education Policy, to entice those former students to re-enroll and earn their degrees or academic credential.
As They Lose Customers, Universities Try Expanding the Menu
Emerald O'Brien and Alex Baumhardt, APM Reports
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Higher education is in an increasingly tight spot. Undergraduate enrollment has fallen by 2.9 million students since 2011 according to the National Student Clearinghouse, and state funding still hasn’t recovered from the 2008 recession. Yet the number of majors and degree programs offered by colleges and universities has been going up.

Indeed, colleges nationwide have added more than 40,000 new degree and certificate programs in last six years, but are they better serving students?

Convincing Students That Learning Blue-Collar Job Skills Will Pay Off
Caroline Preston, The Hechinger Report
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Many businesses in Janesville, Wisconsin, say they can't find enough skilled workers to fill jobs in manufacturing and the trades. That's prompted new Janesville Schools Superintendent Steve Pophal to enact a plan to give kids the critical thinking and specialized skills he hopes will help them meet local business needs while avoiding the trap of low-skill, low-wage work that accounts for a growing share of the city's economy. 

At the same time, he is trying to turn parents and students into more sophisticated consumers of education beyond high school.

More Maryland College Students Are Crowdfunding Their Tuition With the Help of GoFundMe
Hallie Miller, The Baltimore Sun
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Between paying for college and helping to support his family, Towson University junior Saydu Paye is spread thin. The 20-year-old information technology major ultimately turned to a GoFundMe fundraiser for relief from skyrocketing tuition and a limited pool of financial aid dollars.

Thousands of students like Paye have increasingly taken advantage of crowdsourcing platforms to help them cope with steady increases in tuition and fees in Maryland and across the country. 
Opinion: Manufacturing Offers ‘New Collar’ Jobs With High Skills, High Pay
Carolyn Lee and Susan Elkington, Lexington Herald Leader
A Message to College Leaders: Don’t Overlook Resources Right Under Your Nose
Goldie Blumenstyk, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Celebrations for First-Gen Students Expand in Year Two
Lois Elfman, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Opinion: College Can Put Some on New Career Path
Cynthia Teniente-Matson, San Antonio Express-News
A Fit Over Rankings: Why College Engagement Matters More Than Selectivity
Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education
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