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 25, 2017
The Fruits of Collaboration
Ashley Smith, Inside Higher Ed
An alliance of 11 public research universities shows that sharing data, ideas and practices can help more low-income students graduate.
Improving Attainment and Reducing Barriers: Announcing the Talent Hubs
Haley Glover and Dakota Pawlicki, The EvoLLLution
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The Talent Hubs project is creating the impetus for community, institutional, civic and private-sector leaders to collaborate and create mechanisms to improve postsecondary access and persistence, ultimately helping to close the attainment gap and progressing toward the 60-percent attainment target.

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The Road to a Stable Job—Without Crippling Student Debt
Anne Kim, Washington Monthly
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A novel grant program in Virginia called the New Economy Workforce Credential Grant is helping people earn career-boosting occupational credentials.

Already, the state is seeing benefits. Workers like Allen Miller are finding affordable access to industry-recognized occupational credentials that can boost their careers, while local industries get the trained workers they need. 

Innovative Strategies for HBCUs Proposed at CBC Conference
Jamaal Abdul-Alim, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
A range of solutions and strategies—from the adoption of new business models to transfer incentive programs—emerged last week at the inaugural HBCU “braintrust” of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s annual legislative conference.
The Texas-Sized Hole in Our Workforce
Garrett Groves, TribTalk
Opinion: Higher Education in Virginia Tunes Up Economic Growth
G. Gilmer Minor III and Dennis H. Treacy, Richmond Times-Dispatch
Four Colleges Offer Support for Students From Foster Care
Ryanne Persinger, The Philadelphia Tribune
The Tuition-Reset Strategy
Rick Seltzer, Inside Higher Ed