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 29, 2017
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Who Is a College Teacher, Anyway? Audit of Online University Raises Questions
Anya Kamenetz, NPR
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A recent audit of Western Governors University, an online-only institution that has become a national model for its innovative and low-cost focus on working adults, sheds light on why education beyond high school must evolve to meet future talent needs in fast-changing job markets. 

College Enrollment Projected to Grow 15% by 2025
Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed
A new federal report projects that enrollment in American postsecondary institutions will climb 15 percent from 2014 to 2025, with larger proportional increases among adult than traditional-age students, women than men, graduate students than undergraduates, and minority students than white students. 
Return of the College Scorecard
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
An Obama administration initiative that provided consumer information on colleges and universities has survived for another year and into the Trump administration.

The Department of Education published updated information on the College Scorecard Thursday, including a new feature that allows students to compare data from up to 10 institutions at once.
Upstate Educators Inspired by NC Cities’ Efforts to Fight Brain Drain
Alyssa Mulliger,
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The universities in North Carolina’s Research Triangle have spent significant time advancing the region’s pipeline to employment by finding ways to better train the workforce and retain talent.

The role that higher education plays in economically developing a region was a main topic of discussion for dozens of upstate South Carolina leaders visiting the Raleigh-Durham region Thursday.

St. Paul Tries Free College Prep for Grads Needing a Boost
Solvejg Wastvedt, Minnesota Public Radio
Essay: We Can No Longer Ignore the Slump
Sarah Barber and Robert Thacker, Inside Higher Ed