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 1, 2017
2-Year Colleges in Texas Launch Guided Pathways
Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed
The Texas Association of Community Colleges announced a new partnership Thursday to expand guided-pathway reforms to all 50 community college districts in the state.
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The Looming Decline of the Public Research University
Jon Marcus, Washington Monthly
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Cuts in research funding have left midwestern state schools—and the economies they support—struggling to survive.

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U.S. Employers Struggle to Match Workers With Open Jobs
John Ydstie, NPR
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In the United States, there's a record number of jobs open: around six million. That's just about one job opening for every officially unemployed person in the country.

Matching the unemployed with the right job is difficult, but there are some things employers could do to improve the odds. 

Higher Ed’s Data Experts Face a Crossroads
Audrey Williams June, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Higher education’s relationship with data has changed. On many campuses, data are often housed across departments, and their lessons left untapped. If colleges are to accomplish their goals and prove their worth to an increasingly skeptical public, it makes sense for data-informed decision making to be a linchpin in those efforts — and for institutional researchers who collect and interpret those data to play a central role.
Price Cuts Less Effective at Boosting Degree Completion, Study Finds
Allie Bidwell, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
ISU Graduation Rate Up 9 Points in Three Years
Sue Loughlin, Terre Haute Tribune Star (Indiana)
State Funding for Higher Education Still Below Pre-Recession Levels
New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute (New Hampshire)
In Mexico, a Rethinking of the Skills Taught at Tech High Schools
Whitney Eulich, The Christian Science Monitor
Report: Colleges Offer Powerful Economic Boost to Region
Jeff Stahla, Reporter-Herald (Colorado)
T-Squared: A Closer Look at Higher Education Outcomes
Rodney Gibbs, The Texas Tribune (Texas)