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 31, 2018
How Credentials Can Help Students Prepare for Future Success: Linda Noonan Discusses MBAE’s New Initiative
Hannah Nyren, EdTech Times
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Across the nation, companies are struggling to find qualified workers to fill in-demand jobs. According to Linda Noonan, executive director of the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education, the skills gap in Massachusetts is due in part to a lack of exposure to career options.

To tackle the challenge, MBAE launched the Credentials for Success initiative. The goal is to expand opportunities for students to earn industry-recognized credentials in high school, so they can enhance their employability early on. 

Professors Are the Likeliest Mentors for Students, Except Those Who Aren’t White
Audrey Williams June, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Having a mentor can make a big difference in students' academic success-particularly for underrepresented minorities who often seek guidance on how to battle feelings of isolation on campus. Yet a newly released report on college alumni shows that students have disparate access to sources of help navigating the ins and outs of college life and beyond.
Lessons Learned: A Case Study of Performance Funding in Higher Education
Third Way
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A new report from Third Way surveys the national landscape of performance funding policies in higher education. The report explains the theory behind performance funding and examines the most recent empirical research on whether these policies have led to improved student outcomes.

The report also includes recommendations for designing effective performance funding policies, with a focus on implications for access and equity. 
In Silicon Prairie, Kenzie Academy’s Apprenticeship Program Trains Students for High-Paid Tech Jobs of Tomorrow—Without College or Debt
Brendan Lowe, The 74
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Dylan Fields is a high school senior who has long known what he wants to do for a career. But like many students, he had no idea how to get there. 

Fields found an answer at Kenzie Academy, a tech-focused apprenticeship school in downtown Indianapolis. With its flipped classroom model, much of Kenzie’s formal content learning takes place after-hours or in the first part of the morning. Students then spend the rest of the day working with their coach, instructor, and classmates to try out new skills.

After Fields graduates high school this spring, he will forgo college and instead enroll in a two-year program at Kenzie. The program's unique funding model will permit Fields to start the program without taking out a loan, and its apprenticeship model will provide him with real-world experience before graduating.

Study on SAILS Program Recommends Better Remediation, Support for Students
Tiffany Pennamon, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Mentoring Program Is Valuable Connection for Students
Heather Meaney, AACC 21st Century Center
Booming Economy Leaves 40 Percent of Americans Behind
Kelly Ann Smith, The York Dispatch
Opinion: Motherhood and Academia Can—and Should—Mix
Marybeth Gasman, The Hechinger Report
Less Accessible, Less Affordable
Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed
Quality Worked-Based Learning in High School
Matthew Dembicki, Community College Daily
Mentoring College Students to Success
Strada Education Network/Gallup
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