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 18, 2017
Colleges Need to Better Serve Adult Students
Ellie Ashford, Community College Daily
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College isn’t designed for students age 25 and older. But some institutions are finding creative ways to make educating adult learners their core mission.

From Foster Care to Freshman Year
Kelly Field, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Foster youth are a student population with a complicated set of challenges to overcome. Many are academically unprepared for college because of a childhood spent bouncing between districts. They often suffer from anxiety and other mental-health consequences of childhood trauma. And they’re far less likely than their peers to have a supportive parent or guardian who can help them adjust to college life.
Students Have New Ways of Measuring Degrees of Success
Jeffrey J. Selingo, The Washington Post
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The changing nature of work, with the skills needed to succeed on the job quickly evolving, indicates we will need more education, not less, in the future. But just like during the Industrial Revolution when new processes required new disciplines and degrees in engineering and science, the digital revolution of today again requires a makeover for our historical vision of the college degree.

Cal State’s Retreat From Remediation Stokes Debate On College Readiness
Katherine Mangan, The Chronicle of Higher Education
California State University’s decision to eliminate all noncredit remedial classes next fall will either remove roadblocks to success for struggling students or set more of them up for failure, depending on whom you ask.
Bridges Beyond the Classroom: UTC Grows With the City
Dave Flessner, Chattanooga Times Free Press
NM Needs to Prepare Future Workforce Now, Experts Say
Angela Kocherga, Albuquerque Journal