Top stories in higher ed for Friday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
September 20, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
‘I Can Do It’: How Four Detroit Students Hope to Make It Through the Formidable First Year of College
Lori Higgins, Chalkbeat
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For Joseph Thomas and some of his former high school classmates at Cody High School in Detroit, the path to a college degree can be steep. Many must navigate patchy academic preparation, culture shock, and often their own shaken confidence if they are to stay enrolled and on track to earn a degree that betters their chances to jump into the middle class.

Four students from struggling Detroit high schools offer insight on how they hope to beat the odds—and successfully navigate their way through the first year of college. 

Jamie Merisotis
Paying for Apprenticeships
Ellie Ashford, Community College Daily
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Across the country, a number of programs now allow job seekers to pursue college degrees while apprenticing as software developers, early childhood educators, nurses, and risk managers.

But if apprenticeship is to fully satisfy Americans’ demands for economic and educational mobility, states must do more to encourage connections between apprenticeship and their college systems.

Jamie Merisotis
Colleges and States Turn Their Attention to Slow-Moving Part-Time Students
Kelly Field, The Hechinger Report
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Victoria Dzindzichashvili attended college mostly part time and took 10 years to get her undergraduate degree. Now she is commuting to graduate school at Harvard University. 

Dzindzichashvili’s slog through higher education is surprisingly common. Fewer than one in five students who enroll part time from the start at a four-year college have earned a degree eight years later. Part-timers at community college fare even worse.

In response, more institutions are scheduling courses at the times when part-time students need them, rather than when it’s convenient for faculty. They’re extending support programs to part-time students that have been proven to improve results among full-time ones. And some states are opening up financial aid programs to part-time students who haven’t previously been eligible for them.

Jamie Merisotis
How One Institution Plans to Become the Best Community College in New England
Natalie Schwartz, Education Dive
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The Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) is a microcosm of some of the biggest challenges shaping higher education. 

For one, the 55-year-old institution is in an area that experts predict will be hit hard by looming enrollment declines. On top of that, the state of Rhode Island has not returned its support for higher education to pre-recession levels. 

CCRI, however, is thriving in spite of these realities. President Meghan Hughes explains how in this interview.

A New System to Gauge Acquired Skills?
Matthew Dembicki, Community College Daily
MNTC Superintendent Wants to Make It 'Greater'
Adam Troxtell, Alva Review-Courier
Student Debt and the Class of 2018
The Institute for College Access and Success
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