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.
September 6, 2018
The Dreamer
Emily Hanford, APM Reports
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For Katy Sorto, college seemed like the pathway to a better life. But she had no idea how hard it would be.

In 2008, APM Reports documented Sorto's first year as a first-generation student at a community college in Maryland. She faced long odds. More than a third of community college students quit by the end of their first year. Fast forward to 2018. APM Reports contacted Sorto to find out how she fared. This is her story.

Six Strategies to Prepare Students for Meaningful Careers
Kelly Field, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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On most college campuses, students must opt in to career services; at Grinnell College, in Iowa, they must opt out.

Grinnell assigns each freshman an "exploratory adviser" to help her or him develop a sense of direction. Once students find a focus, they join one of seven "career communities," including "Education Professions" and "Business and Finance." Each community is directed by someone who has spent time working in the field outside academe. The goal is to simplify and personalize students' relationships with career services so they are better prepared for meaningful careers. 
From Nursing Apprenticeships to Bachelor's Degrees
Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed
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Nurses are not those who come to mind when most people think of apprenticeship. Nor do bachelor’s degrees. But apprenticeship is spreading into parts of our economy where it has had little presence historically: financial services, cybersecurity, early education, and health care. And it is increasingly being used as a path to a job and a college degree, not in lieu of a degree.

A new report by New America examines a unique registered apprenticeship at Fairview Health Services of Minnesota that partners with universities to offer a different pathway for registered nurses to earn their bachelor's degrees. 
Fighting Hunger on New York Campuses: Food Pantries to Be Mandatory
Katie Sullivan Borrelli, Poughkeepsie Journal
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Free food pantries are becoming a common fixture on college campuses in an effort to combat food insecurity and ensure hunger doesn't interfere with students' education. In New York, they are mandatory.

By the end of the fall semester, all New York State public colleges at the State University of New York and the City University of New York will be equipped with a food pantry so students have "stigma-free" food access.

About 25 percent of students at community colleges are food insecure compared to 20 percent at four-year schools, according to a 2016 Hunger on Campus study published by the National Student Campaign Against Hunger & Homelessness.

A Gulf in the Earnings Gap
Rick Seltzer, Inside Higher Ed
There Are Many Definitions of 'Middle Class'—Here’s Ours
Richard V. Reeves and Katherine Guyot, Brookings Institution 
Lack of Exposure to Skilled Trades
Matthew Dembicki, Community College Daily
Help Employers Navigate Higher Ed Transcripts
Aleksandar (Sasha) Tomic and William D. Rieders, The New England Journal of Higher Education
Opinion: Wyoming's Higher Education Should Be Debt-Free
Jonathan Updike, Casper Star-Tribune
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Higher Education Policy
Jared Bass and Clare McCann, Washington Monthly Magazine
Revival and Opportunity: Immigrants in Rural America
Silva Mathema, Nicole Prchal Svajlenka, and Anneliese Hermann, Center for American Progress
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