Top stories in higher ed for Thursday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
September 14, 2017
Creating Data Faculty Can Use
Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed
Is there a better way to use data to increase completion rates and student success at community colleges? A new book from Brad C. Phillips and Jordan E. Horowitz, Creating a Data-Informed Culture in Community Colleges: A New Model for Educators, seeks to find answers.
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A Year of Free Tuition for California Community College Students? Jerry Brown Will Decide
Alexei Koseff, The Sacramento Bee
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California community college students could get a year of free tuition under a bill sent to the governor on Wednesday. Assembly Bill 19 would waive the first year of fees for any first-time student who enrolls full-time at a community college. The measure aims to boost declining enrollment and address what is expected to be a shortage of more than a million college-educated workers in the California economy within the next decade.

New Data On Nondegree Credentials
Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed
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More than one-quarter of Americans hold a nondegree credential, such as a certificate or an occupational license or certification, according to new data from the federal government. And 21 percent have completed a work experience program such as an internship, residency or apprenticeship.

The Real Reason Ivy League Students Graduate With the Least Amount of Debt
Jillian Berman, MarketWatch
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Students and families who rely on the latest round of college rankings from U.S. News & World Report might get the sense that the colleges best at keeping students out of debt are also some of the most prestigious.

But the ability of these schools to graduate students with minimal debt loads comes with a caveat: they don’t enroll many poor students. Of the five colleges that U.S. News says graduates students with the least amount of student debt, three — Harvard, Princeton and Yale — enroll a relatively small share of students who are eligible for a Pell grant, the money the government provides low-income students to attend college.

Opinion: A Pipeline to Montana’s Future Workforce
John Cech, Helena Independent Record
Test Scores Show 'Aspiration Gap' Among WV Students
Bishop Nash, Huntington Herald Dispatch
Blog: Greensboro, NC Tops Winning FAFSA Completion Challenge Cities
Allie Ciaramella, National College Access Network
Colorado Rises: Advancing Education and Talent Development
Colorado Commission On Higher Education
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