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Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
September 20, 2017
How ‘Personalized Learning’ Can Put College in Reach for Nontraditional Students
Hari Sreenivasan, PBS NewsHour
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Terence Burley is a 42-year-old father who dropped out of college years ago. Today, he is enrolled in a new competency-based program at Northern Arizona University. Burley lives on the Navajo reservation 160 miles away and is using federal grants to pay his tuition in a program that allows him to advance toward his degree as he demonstrates mastery of knowledge and skills.

Being Good Neighbors
Ed Finkel, Community College Daily
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Community colleges traditionally have provided a combination of liberal arts education and/or career training, depending on a student’s goals and outlook.

But increasingly, two-year colleges are adding a third leg to their stools aimed at building more socially aware citizens through civic engagement programs that combine elements of community service and getting involved in the democratic process with classroom reflection that distills and solidifies the lessons learned.

Keeping Close Tabs On the Local Job Market
Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed
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Every year St. Louis Community College surveys the region's employers to get a better picture of the area's work-force needs. A growing number of colleges have bulked up their job-market research amid pressure from the public and policy makers for institutions to do more to improve wages and opportunities for working-class people. Community colleges in particular are feeling this scrutiny.

Administrators at St. Louis Community College view the report as one part of how it seeks to stand out as a leader in work-force development.

Next-Generation Quality Assurance for Tomorrow’s Talent
Debra Humphreys, Lumina Foundation
How do we know people are graduating with the skills to get good jobs? As education beyond high school evolves, a new Lumina-supported group is working to define the Essential Employability Qualities necessary to succeed in today's job market.
The Best Colleges for Adults
Richard Eisenberg, Forbes
Companies and Colleges Unite to Train ‘New Collar’ Students
Nicole Spector and Michael Cappetta, NBC News
A Call for Curricular Coherence
Loni Bordoloi Pazich, Inside Higher Ed
Calif. Community Colleges Partner With WGU
Ashley Smith, Inside Higher Ed
Blog: How Can We Improve Learner Mobility?
Bryan Wilson, Connecting Credentials
Increasing Education Can Diversify Economy
Jeff Victor, Laramie Boomerang
The Michigan Model: A New Approach to Financial Aid
Daniel Friedman, Harvard Political Review
Opinion: When Community College Is Free
Juan Salgado, The New York Times
New Site On Higher Education Finance
Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed