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.
September 25, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
Clemson Program Gives Rural Students ‘a Way to Rise Above’
Focus Magazine
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The rural regions along Interstate 95 in South Carolina have long been called the “corridor of shame.” The name stems from a 2005 documentary that showed how decades of grinding poverty and governmental neglect essentially doomed area residents to a Third World education.

Progress is still slow along the corridor, but it’s occurring—and a Clemson University program called Emerging Scholars is part of the change.

Jamie Merisotis
University of California Aims to Improve Graduation Rates by 2030
Larry Gordon, EdSource
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The University of California is on a mission to increase graduation rates over the next decade by as much as 21 percentage points for students who are low-income, African-American, Latino, or first-generation college goers.

A report issued last week emphasizes ways to bolster academic skills, make students feel they belong on campus, and prevent drop-outs in freshmen year, a point where many now leave. The focus also will be on getting students to finish in four years.

Jamie Merisotis
A College Education in Prison Opens Unexpected Path to Freedom
Vanessa Rancaño, KEQD
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After serving 22 years in prison, Charlie Praphatananda knew there was one place he could get his bearings: California State University, Los Angeles. A year earlier, Praphatananda was serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole. He was also three years into a bachelor’s degree program—one of 42 men participating in an experiment that tests the limits of the public university mission to spread educational opportunity far and wide. 

Cal State LA’s Prison Graduation Initiative is the state’s only public bachelor’s degree program sending professors to teach behind bars. College programs like it were once far more common, and today advocates are hopeful the political winds have shifted enough to bring public dollars back to prison education.

Jamie Merisotis
Why Western Governors U Thinks Microcredentials Are the Path to Degrees
Hallie Busta, Education Dive
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Projections that the pool of traditional students will shrink, wariness of continued tuition increases, and limited growth in state support for higher education are prompting institutions to shake things up. In many cases, that means making themselves available throughout learners’ lives as their education needs change.

Western Governors University President Scott Pulsipher offers his take on the components of lifelong learning—and why colleges and universities must strengthen their connections with local employers. 

Group's Count of Credentials Doubles
Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed
A Community College Goes National
Lilah Burke, Inside Higher Ed
Blog: Adult Student Satisfaction and Priorities
Julie Bryant, Education Insights
Podcast: CollegePoint: A Launchpad for Student Success
American Council of Trustees and Alumni
Can Outcomes-Based Funding Support Evidence-Based College Success Programs?
Ben Castleman and Alice Choe, Brown Center Chalkboard
Continuing With Unfinished Business
Matthew Dembicki, Community College Daily
Interview: Who Gets Ahead in Higher Education?
Stacy Teicher Khadaroo, Christian Science Monitor
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