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 9, 2017
More Colleges Are Offering Microcredentials—and Developing Them the Way Businesses Make New Products
Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge
A growing number of colleges are offering short-form graduate and certificate programs that can be taken online for a fraction of the price of a traditional master’s. Proponents say the new offerings will expand access to graduate education and help workers update their skills in fast-changing fields. 
The Hidden Reason Behind College Dropouts
Josh Wyner, U.S. News & World Report
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Today, fewer than 60 percent of all students who begin college at a four-year institution end up graduating. Transfer from community college to four-year institutions offers a promising path forward, with 80 percent of community college students intending to pursue a bachelor's. However, fewer than 20 percent of them attain a four-year degree. What is going wrong?

Group Attempts New Twist On Accreditation
Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed
The Quality Assurance Commons for Higher & Postsecondary Education is a new group focused on exploring alternative approaches to accreditation in higher education. With funding from Lumina Foundation and through the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems, the QA Commons recently announced a pilot project to assess higher education programs at 14 institutions around the country.
Why Some Scars From the Recession May Never Vanish
Ben Casselman, The New York Times
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For some American workers, the wounds of the recession have yet to fully heal—and there is mounting evidence that the scars may never fade. 

The Long Last Miles to College
Eric Hoover, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Between committing to go and move-in day, many challenges keep low-income and first-generation students, especially those who lack helpful guides, from reaching their chosen campuses. Recent research on "summer melt" found that 20 to 30 percent of low-income graduates of urban school districts who had been accepted by—and planned to attend—four-year colleges didn’t end up enrolling anywhere.

Adults and Community College Degrees
Jim Jacobs, Inside Higher Ed
Adults are coming to community colleges seeking a different approach to education, and that will require institutions to pay attention to a few important design features. 
Community Colleges Seek Continued Support in Closing Skills Gap
Catherine Morris, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Insider’s Take On CUNY’s Pathways
Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed
Essay: Leadership Matters for Transfer Success
Robert Templin and KC Deane, Inside Higher Ed
Elevate CA: Lift Up California Millennials With Higher Education
Hannah Cranston, California Economy Reporting
Students On the Margins
The Chronicle of Higher Education