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.
September 30, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
Tech and Soft Skills Training Leads to Work and a Sense of Dignity
Victoria Lim, WorkingNation
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Many women living in poverty are under-educated, under-skilled, and among the long-term unemployed. The Women’s Bean Project sees in this population a strong workforce eager for opportunity—for themselves and their families.

For the past 30 years, the Colorado-based nonprofit has provided stepping stones to financial self-sufficiency through social enterprise by hiring women to sell food products that, in turn, support the project. The women also take part in classes that teach them job and life skills so they can find entry-level, career-building jobs.

Jamie Merisotis
More California Community College Students Entering, Passing Transfer-Level Math and English as Result of Landmark Law
Ashley Smith, EdSource
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More students, especially Black and Latino students, are benefiting from the elimination of remedial classes in California’s community colleges, according to a new report.

The analysis examines the effect of a landmark state law approved two years ago—AB 705—on the state’s 114 community colleges and their students. The law allows more community college students to take courses with credits that can be used to transfer to four-year colleges without having to take remedial classes in those subjects first.

Jamie Merisotis
Can ‘Microscholarships’ Steer Student Behavior?
Beckie Supiano, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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A company called RaiseMe is pitching a new approach to student retention: Colleges can use its platform to offer students “microscholarships,” or relatively small credits toward their bill, in return for completing certain tasks.

RaiseMe is conducting a pilot project with Wayne State University, where participating freshmen can earn $10 to $50 a pop for activities like attending a campus arts event or taking a study-skills workshop. The total they earn—capped at $500—will be subtracted from their college bill next fall. The thinking is that both the additional financial support and the things students do to earn it will increase the chances that they will stay enrolled.

Jamie Merisotis
As New England Liberal Arts Colleges Struggle Financially, One Pins Hopes on Health Care Majors
Rebecca Koenig, EdSurge
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New England is known for fall foliage, devotion to its football team, and its concentration of small colleges. But financial challenges are endangering this institutional species, forcing campuses in the region to adapt or die.

At Colby-Sawyer College in New Hampshire, the search for a sustainable future has led leaders to think about how their liberal arts institution could stand out from its peers. Now they're betting on the region's growing demand for health care workers.

Why Even New Grads Need to Reskill for the Future
Marc Zao-Sanders and Kelly Palmer, Harvard Business Review
Libraries as Student Success Hubs
Madeline St. Amour, Inside Higher Ed
Officials Eye Ways to Stem the Rising Costs of Textbooks
Justyna Tomtas, Lewiston Morning Tribune
How Can Colleges Make Grading More Equitable?
Sara Weissman, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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