Top stories in higher ed for Tuesday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
September 11, 2018
Is College the Right, or Only, Path to a Good-Paying Job?
Ramona Schindelheim, WorkingNation
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High demand for skilled labor challenges old notions of preparing for a career. Lumina Foundation President and CEO Jamie Merisotis weighs in on the alternative pathways available. 

Two Organizations Partner to Help Students Access Resources for College
Jamie Rogers, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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A leading college counseling organization and an initiative started by former First Lady Michelle Obama have teamed up to form a partnership focused on getting more underserved and first-generation students access to the resources they need to pursue post-high school learning opportunities.
College Students Predicted to Fall by More Than 15% After the Year 2025
Jill Barshay, The Hechinger Report
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Only a handful of states are predicted to see an increase in the number of students attending regional four-year colleges and universities between 2012 and 2029. The rest will see declines in students, writes columnist Jill Barshay.
Early-Alert Systems Seen as Mixed Bag
Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed
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Some institutions have had remarkable success with heavily data-driven student success systems. Others have not.

Despite becoming well-established tools over the past decade at colleges and universities hyperfocused on improving student performance and retention, state-of-the-art early-alert systems haven't been embraced at every institution. Some have resisted the need for in-depth data reporting and gone back to their old ways of measuring student performance. Others have switched frequently between providers, seemingly unable to settle on one that works.

More Mainers Need Credentials to Boost State Economy
Kimberly Lindlof, Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel
Preparing Students for the Future: Questions to Ask Colleges About Career Education
Christine Y. Cruzvergara and Joseph A. Testani, New England Journal of Higher Education
Airlines Are 'Desperate' for New Pilots
Rachel Premack, Business Insider
A Proposal for a Blockchain College System
Tobe Phelps, The EvoLLLution
State Gives Boost to Help Fill In-Demand Jobs
Rachel Abby McCafferty, Crain's Cleveland Business (Ohio)
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