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Part of the goal of the Talent Dividend Network is to shine the spotlight on successes in each and every city in the network. That’s a lot of success, so we need your help. We want to feature your city, so when you have a story to share, email us.

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Detroit is taking a three-"bucket" approach to solving the talent puzzle in Michigan. They're focusing on access to college. They're focusing on student success in college. And they're focusing on retaining those graduates once they've earned their degrees -- a defining feature of Detroit's talent dividend initiatives, and one that sets them apart from the pack. Because there are three buckets, the work can’t all be done by one organization, and strong collaborations mean more people invested in success. Learn More

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Higher Ed Compact brings community together
Cleveland's Talent Dividend efforts are built on two cornerstones: data, and a declaration. The Higher Education Compact is an agreement signed by Mayor Frank Jackson, Cleveland Metropolitan School District CEO Eric Gordon, partners from 15 Ohio colleges and universities and over 60 community and foundation partners in a formal declaration ceremony in October 2011. Getting everyone in the same room and into the same conversation about improving Cleveland's college graduation rates was in itself a major step forward. But to really turn that energy into action, the partners needed numbers. Learn More

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A focus on emerging sectors
My Life! My Plan! helps students learn about emerging career clusters to give them a sense of where jobs will be when they're graduating and how to prepare for them. At workshops and during freshman orientations, students meet with career counselors who help them complete a career assessment, use career exploration tools offered by the state of Wisconsin, and understand their options for pursuing postsecondary education. Sponsored by Milwaukee Talent Dividend, the program encourages high school students to pursue and prepare for higher education. It also helps Milwaukee fill the talent pipeline and meet workforce needs. Learn More

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On July 2, Memphis Talent Dividend celebrates the grand opening of Graduate Memphis, a staffed college resource center for adults, at the main branch of the Memphis Public Library. Modeled after Graduate! Philadelphia's resource center at Gallery Mall, Graduate! Memphis will offer in-person and telephone counseling, information on scholarships and other financial aid, assistance completing forms, including the FAFSA, and an interactive website packed with resources. And since it's at the library, visitors will have immediate access to related resources located there, like the JobLINC mobile career center and test prep through the library's Learning Center. Learn More

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Leveraging adult learners
Adult learners are sometimes overlooked by talent development and degree completion initiatives -- especially once those adults are employed. Denver's Talent Dividend efforts, led by the Denver offices of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, are trying to change that. Their program, My Degree Matters Colorado, is intensively employer-focused and geared toward helping employers link talent development to their business goals -- and supporting their employees through their educational goals. Learn More

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Letting people do what they do best
In Houston, leaders simply invited everyone to the table. But with no blueprint for what they should do once everyone came to the table, they improvised. After an early talent dividend summit, they formed subcommittees. That may sound boring, but it allowed each stakeholder to focus on what they’re best at. And that has made all the difference. Why? Because the subcommittees are actually getting work done.Learn More

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Talent Dividend Network News

Low-Income and Minority Students Needed in STEM Pipeline
March 26, 2013 http://www.huffingtonpost.com

The United States does not currently produce enough qualified workers to meet the demand for STEM employees. The current STEM pipeline is woefully insufficient.

Early college movement stronger than ever | Jobs for the Future
March 26, 2013 http://www.jff.org

Early college movement stronger than ever 246 schools boast 93% graduation rate, 76% college-going rate BOSTON, MA (March 25, 2013) - More than 75,000 high school students nationwide-most from underserved populations-are learning college-level material and earning free college credit. All this week, early college supporters are celebrating the success of this movement and encouraging other districts to join in.

10 Models for Student-Loan Repayment
March 26, 2013 http://www.americanprogress.org

SOURCE: AP/Ed Andrieski Download the details of all 10 models (PDF) Endnotes and citations are available in the PDF version of this issue brief. As more students are struggling to pay back their student loans after graduation, it is now more important than ever for borrowers to have access to a student-loan-repayment plan that eases the burden of repayment and minimizes the risk of default.

This is the Year Colleges Will Start Taking Online Education Seriously
March 13, 2013 http://www.policymic.com

"Big breakthroughs happen when what is suddenly possible meets what is desperately necessary." - Thomas Friedman At its best, the American education system has been the engine behind unparalleled economic prosperity, a military without equal, limitless invention, and the unquenchable ambition that put a man on the Moon.

What technology can (and can't) do for education | Digital
March 13, 2013 http://digital.hechingerreport.org

As I reflect on the excitement of South By Southwest Education conference last week, a fundamental question keeps coming up: What proportion of the challenges facing the education system can actually be addressed with technology and innovation? Let's quickly stipulate the issues here. Stop me if you've heard this all before.

Job skills by the numbers: Explore the survey data
March 05, 2013 http://www.marketplace.org

More results of a survey commissioned by Marketplace and the Chronicle of Higher Education asking employers what they look for when hiring.

Editorial: Lift state ban on higher-education funding for prison inmates
March 05, 2013 http://seattletimes.com

EDUCATION helps lower prison recidivism rates, thereby reducing crime. Washington legislators should lift a ban on using state funds for higher education in prison. House Higher Education Committee Chairman Larry Seaquist, D-Gig Harbor, proposes House Bill 1429 to allow the state Department of Corrections to reallocate the agency's existing education funds to include higher education.

The Employment Mismatch - Special Reports - The Chronicle of Higher Education
March 05, 2013 http://chronicle.com

FROM 'MARKETPLACE' Internships Make the Difference For some employers, on-the-job experience may matter more than a student's major or grade-point average. This audio feature is not available. FROM THE SURVEY FROM THE SURVEY Note: Mean rating is determined on a 1-to-5 scale where 1 equals "a lot less" and 5 equals "a lot more."

Community College Spotlight | 82% of high schools offer college classes
March 05, 2013 http://communitycollegespotlight.org

Dual enrollment is spreading rapidly: At 82 percent of public high schools, students can earn high school and college credits at the same time, according to a National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) report, Dual Credit and Exam-Based Courses in U.S.

Blair Forlaw, VP of Regional Talent Strategy in St. Louis
February 27, 2013 http://www.talentdividendnetwork.com

Blair Forlaw, interim vice president for regional talent strategy for the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association, has a message for competing communities: Look out! The region's aggressive goals for increasing college attainment in the St. Louis MSA are led by businesses, driven by data, and aim to make St.

Q&A: Art Ellis, WHYY
February 27, 2013 http://www.talentdividendnetwork.com

On April 8-9, WHYY Public Radio will host the 2013 National Talent Dividend Meeting in their modern broadcast facilities in Philadelphia. TDN checked in with Art Ellis, WHYY's Executive Director of Public Relations, to find out a little more about WHYY's mission and how it reflects the goals of the Talent Dividend Network.

What's the epic story of your city?
February 27, 2013 http://www.talentdividendnetwork.com

Hi, cities. It's your Talent Dividend Network editor, and this month I'm speaking up from behind my normally silent computer screen to explore this question: How do can your city do a better job telling its story?

Characteristics of Early Community College Dropouts
February 25, 2013 http://ccrc.tc.columbia.edu

For colleges to develop effective dropout prevention strategies, it is necessary to have a clear picture of who these early dropouts are. This report identifies distinguishing characteristics of this group by analyzing six years of transcript data on 14,429 first-time college students who in 2005 and 2006 enrolled at one of five community colleges in a single state.

The Economic Payoff for Closing College-readiness and Completion Rates | Jobs for the Future
February 25, 2013 http://www.jff.org

In response, state policymakers and major foundations have invested in a variety of strategies to improve the college readiness of high school graduates, reduce the need for remedial courses in college, improve college completion rates, and reduce the "time to completion" of a degree.

Community College Spotlight | Prior-learning credits help vets graduate
February 25, 2013 http://communitycollegespotlight.org

Helping veterans get college credit for skills learned in the military - speeding their way to a degree or credential - is the aim of the Maps to Credentials project, reports Community College Times.

Time to Stop Tinkering With College Affordability - and Take Action
February 22, 2013 http://www.huffingtonpost.com

Recently, I met a young Latina in Reno, Nev., whose story keeps ringing in my head. Growing up in a single parent household, her mom worked as a nurse's aide making just over minimum wage. When they were old enough, she and her sister got part-time jobs to help out.

More elite universities offer free online courses, but can they help students earn degrees?
February 22, 2013 http://www.washingtonpost.com

Cambridge, Mass.-based edX, which was founded in May by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said it will add six new institutions, including five outside the U.S., which will offer at least 25 additional courses. Mountain View-based Coursera said it will add 29 institutions, including 16 outside the United States.

The U.S. Cities That Lag (And Excel) In Degree Attainment - Forbes
February 22, 2013 http://www.forbes.com

It's well documented that a college education is a worthy investment for job seekers. But that's only partially true. What really pays off is a completed college education. see photosCourtesy of Mark A. Philbrick/BYUClick for full photo gallery: The U.S. Cities That Lag (And Excel) In Degree Attainment U.S.

Commission's Report Outlines Education Priorities : NPR
February 22, 2013 http://www.npr.org

Activists have long warned about the widening achievement gap between white and minority students. The Equity and Excellence Commission, a federally chartered group of about 30 education experts, is recommending changes to the funding and delivery of education.

Collective impact: Cooperation within and between cities
February 11, 2013 http://www.talentdividendnetwork.com

Related Images Some issues are just too big to tackle with a single approach. Achieving the Talent Dividend is such an issue: raising degree attainment by 1 percentage point sounds simple enough, but actually making it happen is a huge and complex goal.

College Students Poorly Served by Current Financial Aid System - Higher Education
February 11, 2013 http://diverseeducation.com

by Barrington M. Salmon A recently released policy brief by a Vanderbilt professor lays out a detailed proposal to reform what is widely considered to be a broken financial aid system. Dr. Will Doyle's work builds on a 2012 report by the Committee for Economic Development (CED), titled "Boosting Postsecondary Education Performance," which offers ways to increase postsecondary completion rates.

Gallup.com - The Gallup Blog: Americans on Higher Education: Give Me a Good Job, Not Just a Degree
February 11, 2013 http://thegallupblog.gallup.com

By Brandon Busteed, Executive Director of Gallup Education I've plowed through a lot of survey and polling data on the subject of education, and the findings from a Gallup/Lumina Foundation poll of Americans released on Tuesday are among the most important I have seen.

Q&A: Michael Nutter, Mayor of Philadelphia
February 11, 2013 http://www.talentdividendnetwork.com

From the bully pulpit of the Mayor's office, Michael Nutter preaches and pushes for educational attainment as a path to prosperity for the city of Philadelphia. As Mayor, he has promised to double Philadelphia's college attainment rate by 2018 and increase the city's high school graduation rate to 80 percent by 2015.

Viewpoint: Why Higher Education Must Be Part of Immigration Reform
February 08, 2013 http://ideas.time.com

Last week, President Obama and a bipartisan group of senators outlined a plan for comprehensive immigration reform. Like the DREAM Act that has stalled for years in Congress, the proposal's outline hints at an expedited pathway to citizenship for young people who came to the U.S.

Improving Completion Rates of Minority Community College Students Tranferring to Four-Year Colleges
February 08, 2013 http://www.huffingtonpost.com

(This is the first of a three-part series on how to improve completion rates of minority community college students who transfer to a senior institution. This first entry will establish the need to improve completion rates, while the second and third parts of the series will discuss possible national, state and local solutions.)

The Rosetta Stone of Student Success Data -- Campus Technology
February 08, 2013 http://campustechnology.com

Community Colleges | Feature The Rosetta Stone of Student Success Data A Q&A with Russ Little, Sinclair Community College Russ Little This week, WCET announced that the Predictive Analytics Reporting(PAR) Framework project data definitions are now to be offered under Creative Commons licensing.

A Case for College: The Unemployment Rate for Bachelor's-Degree Holders Is 3.7 Percent
February 04, 2013 http://www.theatlantic.com

I like to make this chart of unemployment rates by education attainment every few months. And it's been a few months, so: Here's what this graph does not say. It doesn't say that college is guaranteed to get you a job, especially right out of school.

Free online course providers pair up with credit-bearing exams | Inside Higher Ed
February 04, 2013 http://www.insidehighered.com

Community colleges are good investment for students and taxpayers, report finds | Inside Higher Ed
January 30, 2013 http://www.insidehighered.com

College Is Still Worth It | Inside Higher Ed
January 29, 2013 http://www.insidehighered.com

Why education matters more than ever
January 29, 2013 http://www.talentdividendnetwork.com

Related Images Given the sky-rocketing cost of a college education, the growing burden of student debt and the tough economic conditions over the past several years, some have questioned whether a college education is still worth the cost. The economic evidence is overwhelming: The individual economic returns to education are as high as they have ever been.

How to fix financial aid in 2013
January 29, 2013 http://www.talentdividendnetwork.com

The federal financial aid system as it is currently structured is struggling to adapt to a changed educational landscape - even as a degree becomes more and more necessary to the jobs of the future. But some new thinking is taking hold, thanks to a grant program from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation called Reimagining Aid Design and Delivery (RADD).

'Irrational exuberance' over MOOCs
January 28, 2013 http://www.washingtonpost.com

Conversations about higher education these days always find their way to MOOCS, otherwise known as Massive Open Online Courses that some think will revolutionize higher education. Here's an argument that they won't by Larry Cuban, a high school social studies teacher for 14 years, a district superintendent (seven years in Arlington, VA), and professor emeritus of education at Stanford University, where he has taught for more than 20 years.

Community College Spotlight | Completion for all
January 28, 2013 http://communitycollegespotlight.org

College Completion Must Be Our Priority declares an "open letter" from the National Commission on Higher Education Attainment. "All the communities have come together - community colleges, research institutions, public universities and small liberal arts colleges - and reached agreement that completion needs to be our most important priority," said E.

Revolution Hits the Universities
January 28, 2013 http://www.nytimes.com

LORD knows there's a lot of bad news in the world today to get you down, but there is one big thing happening that leaves me incredibly hopeful about the future, and that is the budding revolution in global online higher education.

Higher-Education Reform: a Legacy for Obama? - Commentary - The Chronicle of Higher Education
January 22, 2013 http://chronicle.com

Higher education had no place in the 2012 presidential election. Mitt Romney's agenda consisted of reinstating enormous public subsidies for private-sector student lenders and praising a for-profit college in Florida that charges $20,000 a year for a bachelor's degree in video-game design.

Ohio colleges struggle to graduate minorities
January 22, 2013 http://www.daytondailynews.com

Staff Writer In Kathryn Brown's family, college was never discussed. So when she heard that 98 percent of students from her private high school would go on to college, she thought to herself: "Well, I guess I'm in that 2 percent."

2013 Talent Dividend Meeting | CEOs for Cities
January 17, 2013 http://www.ceosforcities.org

CEOs for Cities is a global learning community and partnership network that connects urban leaders to each other and to smart ideas and practices for making cities successful.

How much is your degree worth? New pressure on colleges to disclose grads' earnings
January 17, 2013 http://usnews.nbcnews.com

Mel Evans / AP file The graduating class of 2012 at Princeton University after commencement ceremonies in Princeton, N.J., in June. How much are their degrees worth in earnings? Joyce English was about to start studying toward an associate degree she hoped would lead to a job as a consultant to health care companies around Tacoma, Wash., where she lives.

College Is Still Worth It
January 17, 2013 http://www.huffingtonpost.com

While the phrase caveat emptor is a necessary one to consider in picking colleges and degree programs, the Great Recession shouldn't claim the idea that higher education is a ticket to a better future as one of its victims.

Investing in higher education pays big dividends for the economy
January 14, 2013 http://www.baltimoresun.com

The current political divide in Congress offers an opportunity for Americans to have a conversation about federal spending, which should not be confused with investing federal dollars to grow the economy ("Trouble ahead," Jan. 2). Are continuing to rebuild our infrastructure and educating our children an appropriate use of federal dollars?

Higher-education commissioner Teresa Lubbers sets graduation goals
January 14, 2013 http://www.indystar.com

Indiana's top higher education official Wednesday called for more money for post-secondary education, but also for approaches to ensure a better "return on investment," for the state and the students. Teresa Lubbers, delivering her first address as Indiana Higher Education commissioner, also urged students to graduate on time and called upon school officials to limit tuition increases.

Pew Report Finds that College Degrees Shelter Economic Stability - Higher Education
January 14, 2013 http://diverseeducation.com

by Cherise Lesesne As recent college graduates have continually struggled with finding employment upon the economic downturn, many have questioned the validity and strength of a college degree. However, a recent report released by Pew Charitable Trusts found that graduates holding four-year college degrees are in actuality more protected in a pernicious economy than those with lesser education credentials.

Recession Hurt Young Graduates, but Not as Much as Less-Educated Peers - Students - The Chronicle of Higher Education
January 14, 2013 http://chronicle.com

The recession took a toll on recent college graduates, whose employment rates and earnings dropped from roughly 2003 to 2011. But they still fared quite a bit better than their peers with less education, suggesting that college degrees continue to protect even young workers.

Employment outcomes still better for college graduates, despite recession | Inside Higher Ed
January 14, 2013 http://www.insidehighered.com

The Real College Crisis Isn't High Costs, It's Low Information
January 07, 2013 http://www.theatlantic.com

One of the most dangerous misconceptions about the economy right now is that rising student debt and stagnating middle class wages prove that college isn't "worth it" any more We're pushing up against a cost crisis in higher education, where the escalating price of college isn't reflected in similarly escalating income gains for graduates.

Jamie P. Merisotis: Post-high-school education crucial for prosperity | This New England Blog | providencejournal.com
January 07, 2013 http://blogs.providencejournal.com

By JAMIE P. MERISOTIS INDIANAPOLIS As Rhode Island embarks on a new year, leaders from every corner of the state are contemplating what actions should be taken in 2013 to more effectively grow jobs, strengthen the economy and build for a better tomorrow. It's an interesting time, to be sure,

Ann Womer Benjamin of NOCHE talks to Civic Commons
January 02, 2013 http://www.talentdividendnetwork.com

The audacity of the Talent Dividend
January 02, 2013 http://www.talentdividendnetwork.com

At its heart, the Talent Dividend is all about small changes making a big impact. The 57 communities competing for the $1 million Prize have a modest goal in mind: boosting the number of college degrees in their city by one percentage point.

Collective impact: Cooperation within and between cities
January 02, 2013 http://www.talentdividendnetwork.com

Related Images Some issues are just too big to tackle with a single approach. Achieving the Talent Dividend is such an issue: raising degree attainment by 1 percentage point sounds simple enough, but actually making it happen is a huge and complex goal.

Earnings gap widens between college and high school-only grads - St. Louis Business Journal
January 02, 2013 http://www.bizjournals.com

Looking at U.S. Census Bureau data since 1975, there's a widening earnings gap between those who obtained a college degree and those with a high school diploma, according to an On Numbers report. Those with bachelor's degrees earned 55 percent more than those with just a high school diploma in the late 1970s.

Retiring Higher Ed Chief Jim Petro Says Greatest Accomplishment was Collaboration With Department of Education
January 02, 2013 http://stateimpact.npr.org

The retiring chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents, Jim Petro, says his greatest accomplishment while heading up the state's higher education initiatives was to foster greater collaboration with the Ohio Department of Education. Petro reflected on his 29 year career in Ohio government and politics with statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen.

The value of a college degree? Thousands per year in Kansas - Wichita Business Journal
January 02, 2013 http://www.bizjournals.com

Looks like that college degree might have been worth your while. According to a report from On Numbers, a blog affiliated with the Wichita Business Journal, the gap in earning power between people with college degrees and people without continues to widen.

Top Issues in 2012 on Road to College and Careers
January 02, 2013 http://blogs.edweek.org

In my review of the College Bound posts for 2012, I noted that readers continue to be fascinated with rankings-both college and high school-despite controversy about their merit. Also, the saga over the cost of student loans was closely watched.

Forget Four More Years: Why Community College Could Be Your Ticket To Financial Success - Forbes
January 02, 2013 http://www.forbes.com

Photo credit: velkr0 Does less classroom time equal a bigger bottom line? New research shows that when it comes to earning big bucks right after graduation, community college graduates have an edge over those with four-year degrees. CollegeMeasures analyzed data from three states and found that not only did new graduates [...]

Infographic: Profile of an Online College Student
December 27, 2012 http://www.pcmag.com

College campuses have been an American institution for millennia, but not all higher learning is being done in a traditional classroom anymore. Almost one-third of college students are now taking at least one online course, up from only 10 percent in 2003, according to an Online Colleges infographic based on a collaborative study by the Babson Survey Research Group and the College Board.

Student Loan Crisis Leads to Innovative Students - Higher Education
December 27, 2012 http://diverseeducation.com

by Pearl Stewart By 2011, Gregory Brand Jr. had earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Tennessee State University in mass communication and English, respectively. Despite receiving various scholarships and grants along the way, his student loan debt totaled about $30,000.

Student-Athlete Graduation Rates Up; Blacks Still Have Work to Do - Higher Education
December 27, 2012 http://diverseeducation.com

by Steven Gaither It's hard to tell where and when, but at some point, the term "student-athlete" went from being a noble concept to a tongue-in-cheek joke. Especially when referring to major college football, which has seen its share of scandals involving student-athletes in recent years.

US Gov't Debuts 'Pay As You Earn' Student Loan Repayment | Education News
December 27, 2012 http://www.educationnews.org

As an increasing number of people in the United States struggle with managing student loan repayment, the US Department of Education has announced a plan to make payments more affordable. The 'Pay As You Earn' ...

COVER STORY: Stepping Away From 2012, Year in Review - Community College Week - The independent voice servicing community, junior and technical colleges.
December 27, 2012 http://www.ccweek.com

By Paul Bradley, Editor, Community College Week CCWeek File Photos Left, culinary students at Walla Walla Community College, which is competing for the Aspen Prize. Top, center, the New Community College in midtown Manhattan. Top right, President Obama favored government action to improve higher education. Bottom center, John E.

Community colleges push Structured Learning Communities as way to finish quickly | Nashville City Paper
December 27, 2012 http://www.nashvillecitypaper.com

Tuesday, December 25, 2012 at 11:13pm Tennessee Board of Regents administrators want to give community college students fewer choices when it comes to class offerings. While limiting choices may seem counterintuitive, this initiative could prove key to increasing the state's number of college graduates.

Educators Tout IB's Links to Common Core
December 27, 2012 http://www.edweek.org

As districts nationwide scramble to translate the Common Core State Standards into concrete curricula and lesson plans, Principal Sue DeVicariis of Kate Sessions Elementary School in San Diego considers herself ahead of the game. Her school is one of 342 nationwide to follow the Primary Years Program of the Swiss-based International Baccalaureate organization.

Ohio adopts standards for remedial education
December 27, 2012 http://www.daytondailynews.com

Staff Writer Ohio is looking to radically reduce the number of college freshmen taking remedial math and English classes, which are expensive to offer, do not appear to contribute to higher graduation rates and hike college costs for students because the courses don't count toward their degrees.

Calculating a College Degree's True Value
December 27, 2012 http://www.businessweek.com

How much is a college diploma actually worth? The perennial question asked by every former English, philosophy, and art history major now has an answer in some states. For University of Virginia students, it pays to major in engineering-$60,300, on average, 18 months after graduation-rather than

Colleges rely heavily on popular remedial placement tests | Inside Higher Ed
December 27, 2012 http://www.insidehighered.com

Essay on how historians are defining what students need to learn | Inside Higher Ed
December 27, 2012 http://www.insidehighered.com

Why Top Colleges Miss Great Students
December 27, 2012 http://www.bloomberg.com

The real crisis in American higher education is that our best colleges never see a large chunk of our smartest students. In an important recent study, the economists Caroline Hoxby and Christopher Avery found that very few high achievers from low-income families ever apply to top colleges, and that the missing applications from these kids largely explain why they're underrepresented at our leading universities.

Strong Programs Help High-Achieving, Low-Income Students - Higher Education
December 27, 2012 http://diverseeducation.com

by Jasmine Evans Students who are at the bottom half of the socioeconomic pool make up only 10 percent of the student population at the 146 most selective colleges. Despite that seemingly dismal statistic, high-achieving, low-income students are more numerous than statistics indicate.

The College Completion Dilemma: 10 Potential Solutions - Best Colleges Online
December 18, 2012 http://www.bestcollegesonline.com

Posted on Sunday December 16, 2012 While a college degree may be required to get many of the best jobs in America today, a growing number of students just aren't sticking it out to get their degrees. Financial concerns, family pressures, stress, and a myriad of other problems contribute to nearly 40% of college students dropping out.

College Presidents Are Bigger Believers than Public in Online Classes
December 18, 2012 http://www.pewresearch.org

College presidents and the public are 22 points apart on whether online courses offer comparable value to classroom courses. As online college courses have become increasingly prevalent, the general public and college presidents offer different assessments of their educational value.

Best Jobs for Bachelor's Degree Holders in 2013
December 18, 2012 http://www.usnewsuniversitydirectory.com

Bachelor's degree holders have many job opportunities available to them.When individuals graduate with bachelor's degrees, they have many job opportunities available to them. In order to show these students where to begin their job search, CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI) recently released their list of the best jobs for 2013 that typically require a bachelor's degree.

5 Ways Technology Will Impact Higher Ed in 2013 - Forbes
December 18, 2012 http://www.forbes.com

Guest post authored by Chris Proulx, President & CEO of eCornell 2012 was a transformative year in education. Between the introduction of the MOOC (the 'Massive Open Online Course'), and the explosive growth in the number of online offerings, all eyes were on higher ed. In the past twelve months, students [...]

Researchers Seek Funding for Big Questions - Higher Education
December 18, 2012 http://diverseeducation.com

by Jamaal Abdul-Alim Washington - In order to bring about scientific breakthroughs that are yet undreamed, government must fund research that seeks to answer broad questions and not just narrowly focused projects where most of the work has already been done.

Practitioners and Policymakers Must Step Up to Address 'Pervasive Inequality' in College Access | Education Trust
December 18, 2012 http://www.edtrust.org

Many Americans believe that the college selection process is a meritocracy: students who get good grades and score well on the SAT or ACT should be able to attend any competitive college of their choice, regardless of their family background.

As GI Bill Expands, So Do Calls for Tracking Veterans' Academic Success - Students - The Chronicle of Higher Education
December 18, 2012 http://chronicle.com

Now that more than 760,000 military veterans have made use of the Post-9/11 GI Bill, a key question has emerged: What's the best way to measure the program's effectiveness? Taxpayers have shelled out billions of dollars so far to finance the Post-9/11 GI Bill, which is designed to allow veterans to go to college full time with their living expenses covered.

Higher levels of college-degree attainment boosts employment for all, even the least educated | Science Codex
December 18, 2012 http://www.sciencecodex.com

For each 10 percent rise in the number of residents with a four-year college degree, the average overall employment rate in United States metropolitan areas rose by 2 percent between 1980 and the year 2000. That employment rate rose higher for women (2.2 percent) vs.

Ohio panel sets up website to help with planning for college, career
December 12, 2012 http://www.cleveland.com

A new one-stop-shopping website to plan for college, careers and jobs has been established by the Ohio Board of Regents to encourage students and adults to seek education beyond a high school degree. OhioMeansSuccess.org includes links for students, their families, adults and educators on how to plan for and pay for college, find a career and find a college.

The Equity and Economic Educational Imperative
November 29, 2012 http://www.huffingtonpost.com

I've always viewed education as a moral imperative, and devoted my 20s (and early 30s) to promoting equity in education. I approached this work with passion and probably a bit of self-righteousness; and I suspect many folks outside of the education field with whom I've come in contact would categorize my work as that of a "do-gooder" of sorts, and give me a good pat on the back (with maybe just a hint of benign patronization).

Our College Crisis: A PowerPoint Presentation by Bill Gates
November 29, 2012 http://www.theatlantic.com

Of the many public figures who routinely sound off about the problems facing higher education in America, Bill Gates is one who is actually worth paying attention to. As he explained yesterday at the Washington Ideas Forum, shrinking state budgets have indeed made college less affordable and lead to ballooning student debt.

Dayton's Learn to Earn plays key role in work force development
November 27, 2012 http://www.strivenetwork.org

Thomas Lasley, Learn to Earn Dr. Thomas Lasley, director of Dayton's Learn to Earn cradle to career initiative, has long been a champion of early college high schools because he has seen the difference they have made in the lives of kids in Ohio. These schools report an average graduation rate of more than 91%.

Getting poor students to college isn't just about affordability. It's about access. (+video)
November 27, 2012 http://www.csmonitor.com

Students from low-income communities need the same mentoring, leadership opportunities, and support through the college application process as their higher-income peers. Strategic partnerships between K-12 schools and local colleges are a key part of this exposure. Even with seesawing reports on whether the economy is getting better or worse, one factor remains constant.

On the Path to College, Some Detours Are Desirable - College, Reinvented - The Chronicle of Higher Education
November 27, 2012 http://chronicle.com

Every spring, millions of 18-year-olds graduate from high school and start on one of three paths: college, the military, or work. College is the choice encouraged most often by high-school guidance counselors, and for good reason. By 2020, two out of every three jobs will require some sort of higher education, according to the Center on Education and the Workforce, at Georgetown University.

Online learning: pedagogy, technology and opening up higher education
November 27, 2012 http://www.guardian.co.uk

Higher education has always been fond of its acronyms and they don't get much more prolific than the current four letters doing the rounds. From the December 2011 launch of MITx Stateside to the University of Edinburgh's decision to join the Coursera platform, MOOCs (or Massive Open Online Courses) have barely been off the education news menu.

Cost of Dropping Out
November 27, 2012 http://online.wsj.com

The rising cost of a college education is hitting one group especially hard: the millions of students who drop out without earning a degree.

Why college grads are heading back...to community college
November 27, 2012 http://management.fortune.cnn.com

College grads are heading back to school, but not grad school. In some cases, associate's degrees offer more economic bang for their buck than bachelor's degrees. By David Koeppel FORTUNE - In the aftermath of the Great Recession, thousands of students have learned the bitter lesson that the college degrees they paid for do not guarantee a steady job.

Carnegie Leader Calls for Presidential Commission to Guide Higher Education's Future - Administration - The Chronicle of Higher Education
November 27, 2012 http://chronicle.com

The influential president of the Carnegie Corporation is working to build support for a new national commission of educators, business people, and civic leaders to be convened by President Obama "to work on the challenges facing higher education."

Data Tells the Story and Defends the Work of Minority Serving Institutions
November 27, 2012 http://www.huffingtonpost.com

This post was co-authored by Andrés Castro Samayoa, a Ph.D. student at the University of Pennsylvania, and Todd Lundberg, a Ph.D. student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The Institute for Higher Education Policy recently released a report titled "Using Data to Improve Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) Success."

Fiscal Reality Forces Higher Ed Industry to Market Itself | Education News
November 27, 2012 http://www.educationnews.org

One of the barriers to the wholesale adoption of online learning is the difficulty in detecting and... Read More The hack of the San Antonio's school district website over the weekend is only the latest... Read More According to Lance T. Izumi, Republicans who are looking at the reasons which may have cost Mitt...

New Department of Labor Initiative Focuses on Workforce Development - Higher Education
November 27, 2012 http://diverseeducation.com

by Beatrice Townsend While most of us would not debate the value of a four-year degree, this American dream remains beyond the reach of many as the cost of a college education continues to rise. However, even in 2012, there are many family-sustainable occupations to be had without that sometimes-elusive document.

The Impact of the Election on College Completion Goals - Higher Education
November 20, 2012 http://diverseeducation.com

by Jasmine Evans Now that the election is over, state officials and the citizens they serve are looking ahead to the next four years. Education experts agree that our economic future is tightly linked to our education system. And the Democrats hope that we "out-educate" the rest of the world with quality public colleges and universities.

New National Tally of College Completion Tries to Count All Students - Students - The Chronicle of Higher Education
November 20, 2012 http://chronicle.com

For years, higher-education leaders have argued that dismal college-completion rates fail to capture the single mother who could squeeze in only a few classes per semester or the serviceman who started at one college and finished years later at another.

Strengthening the Pathway to Higher Education
November 20, 2012 http://www.huffingtonpost.com

College access is a national imperative. Once first in the world, the United States now ranks 12th among 36 developed nations in the percentage of the population with a college degree. Projections indicate that by 2018, as many as sixty million Americans will lack the skills and credentials to join the knowledge economy.

Community-College Degree Often Smooths the Path to a B.A., Report Says - Students - The Chronicle of Higher Education
November 20, 2012 http://chronicle.com

Nearly three-quarters of the students who earned an associate degree and then moved to a four-year college graduated with a bachelor's degree within four years of transferring, according to a "snapshot" report being released on Thursday by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.

High graduation rates for community college transfers | Inside Higher Ed
November 20, 2012 http://www.insidehighered.com

Adult College Completion Meeting Highlights Promising Strategies | www.adultcollegecompletion.org
November 20, 2012 http://adultcollegecompletion.org

A manufacturing CEO, a community college representative, a state higher ed staffer, and a non-profit leader walk into a room. Beginning of a joke that only higher education folks might get?

Massive Open Online Courses Are Multiplying at a Rapid Pace
November 20, 2012 http://www.nytimes.com

The paint is barely dry, yet edX, the nonprofit start-up from Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has 370,000 students this fall in its first official courses. That's nothing. Coursera, founded just last January, has reached more than 1.7 million - growing "faster than Facebook," boasts Andrew Ng, on leave from Stanford to run his for-profit MOOC provider.

Foundations Help 12 State Partnerships Expand Associate Degree Completion for Students Transferring from Community Colleges to Universities | Lumina Foundation
November 16, 2012 http://www.luminafoundation.org

Lumina is committed to enrolling and graduating more students from college. In fact, we are the nation's largest foundation dedicated exclusively to increasing students' access to and success in postsecondary education. Our mission is defined by Goal 2025-to increase the percentage of Americans who hold high-quality college degrees, certificates or other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.

Lawmakers and foundations push prior-learning assessment | Inside Higher Ed
November 16, 2012 http://www.insidehighered.com

SUNY Conference Explores the Value and Limits of Higher-Education Systems - Administration - The Chronicle of Higher Education
November 16, 2012 http://chronicle.com

When Candace S. Vancko was introduced last year as the officer in charge of the State University of New York at Cobleskill, state lawmakers who represented the area around the campus promised to fight her appointment, she said.

Infographic: What Is College Readiness?
November 16, 2012 http://gettingsmart.com

The demands of colleges and careers have changed over the last several years. There's an increase need of technological skills that may include coding, cyber security, IT, and design. In addition, fluency in ready, writing, and critical thinking is as important as ever.

Under Obama, Colleges Anticipate 4 More Years of Reform - Government - The Chronicle of Higher Education
November 16, 2012 http://chronicle.com

American voters re-elected Barack Obama as president on Tuesday, extending the White House stay of an administration that has focused on expanding federal student aid as well as tightening regulations on colleges and universities.

The Importance of Education: An Economics View
November 16, 2012 http://www.edweek.org

Commentary It's not headline news that educational attainment is highly correlated with income: College graduates typically earn more than less-educated Americans. What is often less discussed is that education is significantly linked to many other outcomes in life, including whether a person will get married and his or her life expectancy.

Record Number of Young Americans Earn Bachelor's Degree
November 16, 2012 http://www.nytimes.com

Although the United States no longer leads the world in educational attainment, record numbers of young Americans are completing high school, going to college and finishing college, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of newly available census data. This year, for the first time, a third of the nation's 25- to 29-year-olds have earned at least a bachelor's degree.

One-third of young people have a bachelor's
November 16, 2012 http://www.usatoday.com

Story Highlights Obama has made college completion a hallmark of his agenda Polls suggest most Americans increasingly view higher education as necessary Other countries have made similar or greater gains in college-completion rates A graduate celebrates during commencement at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington on May 12.

Student Debt; A Heavier Load for Young Borrowers of Color - Campus Progress
November 06, 2012 http://campusprogress.org

SOURCE: Flickr/Illinois Springfield By now, just about everyone knows how far reaching the impact of student debt is. A recent report from Pew found that it now affects 1 in 5 households, but what doesn't get as reported on as frequently is it's disproportionate impact on borrowers of color.

North Central Michigan College students to benefit from grant initiative
November 06, 2012 http://www.petoskeynews.com

North Central Michigan College in Petoskey is among the schools that will benefit from $6.4 million in grants designed to support a multi-state initiative to help more students complete their associate degrees.

Achieving the Dream - The Mainstream Online
November 06, 2012 http://www.mainstreamonline.org

ATD initiative benefits students Achieving the Dream Improving student success is at the heart of a program currently being implemented at UCC. Achieving the Dream (ATD) is a national initiative to help campuses create an educational culture free of structural barriers that could hinder success for students, particularly low-income and minority students.

New Initiative Helping Low-Income Community College Students Succeed | CommunityCollegeReview.com
November 06, 2012 http://www.communitycollegereview.com

We'll report on the Benefits Access for College Completion Initiative, which will connect low-income community college students to much-needed public benefits for the purpose of improving college completion rates.

New Initiative Helping Low-Income Community College Students Succeed | CommunityCollegeReview.com
November 06, 2012 http://www.communitycollegereview.com

We'll report on the Benefits Access for College Completion Initiative, which will connect low-income community college students to much-needed public benefits for the purpose of improving college completion rates.

10 Colleges Where Most Students Receive Merit Aid
November 01, 2012 http://www.usnews.com

The U.S. News Short List, separate from our overall rankings, is a regular series that magnifies individual data points in hopes of providing students and parents a way to find which undergraduate or graduate programs excel or have room to grow in specific areas.

Four Ways Colleges Can Cut Costs for Students
November 01, 2012 http://www.foxbusiness.com

While scholarships, federal loans and picking the right school can go a long way toward keeping students' costs in line for a college education, it's time for schools to step up with ways to contain costs as well. Here are four ways colleges can keep students' costs lower and boost the value of their degrees.

New focus on helping community college students in STEM fields to a four-year degree | Inside Higher Ed
November 01, 2012 http://www.insidehighered.com

Obama's 'Pay as You Earn' Plan Becomes Official - Government - The Chronicle of Higher Education
November 01, 2012 http://chronicle.com

In a package of final regulations being released on Thursday, the Department of Education will formally establish the Obama administration's new "Pay as You Earn" income-based repayment program, which will help many student-loan borrowers. Included separately in the package are provisions that will make it easier for disabled borrowers to have their loans forgiven.

JFF | Dual Enrollment | Home
November 01, 2012 http://application.jff.org

Given the research about how dual enrollment can raise high school and college success, state policymakers have become increasingly interested in expanding participation, although few states design their dual enrollment policies with this purpose in mind.

POV: Community Colleges and STEM Education - Community College Week - The independent voice servicing community, junior and technical colleges.
November 01, 2012 http://www.ccweek.com

By George R. Boggs, CEO Emeritus, American Association of Community Colleges Community Colleges And STEM Education By George R.

Degrees of Difficulty
November 01, 2012 http://nation.time.com

The Future of Education: Creating Your Own Schools
November 01, 2012 http://blogs.kqed.org

The Future of Education: Creating Your Own Schools What will the future of education look like? KnowledgeWorks Foundation has just released the third edition of its education forecast, called Forecast 3.0, Recombinant Education: Regenerating the Learning Ecosystem, that outlines the deconstruction of the current education model, a change in educators' roles based on their strengths, changing career pathways, and the role of technology in this realm.

Colleges Must Help Prepare Students for Higher Education, Report Says - Administration - The Chronicle of Higher Education
November 01, 2012 http://chronicle.com

If colleges want more of their students to be ready for the academic challenges of higher education, then those institutions have to take a more direct role in elementary and secondary education, recommends a new report from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

Bridging the skills gap: Higher ed and businesses aim for collaboration | USA TODAY College
November 01, 2012 http://www.usatodayeducate.com

You have your degree, but is it enough? The unemployment rate is the No. 1 talking point this election cycle and understandably so. The September unemployment rate was 7.8%, dropping below 8% in a year that has seen rates hover around 8.1% to 8.3%, according to the National Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Colleges rethink need blind admissions in favor of meeting need | Inside Higher Ed
November 01, 2012 http://www.insidehighered.com

Lectures Still Dominate Science and Math Teaching - Faculty - The Chronicle of Higher Education
November 01, 2012 http://chronicle.com

Lecturing remains the most common method for teaching undergraduates in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, known as the STEM disciplines. Although other forms of instruction have made inroads, the continuing reliance on this pedagogical tool may be stymieing efforts to increase the number of graduates in those programs. "We have a really good idea about what doesn't work: lecturing students without engaging them, having labs not linked with lectures," says James S.

Tuition Increases Slow, but Net Cost Still Hits Home - Higher Education
November 01, 2012 http://diverseeducation.com

by Lois Elfman The new College Board reports, Trends in College Pricing and Trends in Student Aid, indicate that increases in public college tuition have slowed, but problems for lower income students continue because the rapid growth in federal grant aid has stopped.

UTEP Digging Deeper Into Data to Get to Root of Course Failure - Higher Education
October 25, 2012 http://diverseeducation.com

by Jamaal Abdul-Alim Whenever a semester ends at the University of Texas at El Paso, Donna Ekal, Associate Provost in the Office for Undergraduate Studies, asks the registrar to create a spreadsheet that lists all the students who failed a first-semester course. Then she begins to investigate the reasons behind the F's.

8 Ideas to Improve Higher Education
October 24, 2012 http://ideas.time.com

One of the biggest challenges states face is producing a workforce qualified to meet the needs of employers in today's economy. In order to increase degree attainment and begin to close the skills gap that exists between workforce supply and industry demand, states should change the way they fund higher education.

State launches new strategy to help transfer students earn...
October 24, 2012 http://www.daytondailynews.com

Staff Writer Ohio has been selected as one of 12 states to lead a $6.4 million initiative to award more associate degrees to community college students pursuing four-year credentials. The effort could help close the gap between the number of Ohioans with a college degree and the growing number of jobs that will require it.

Use your STEM major to cash in on better jobs | USA TODAY College
October 24, 2012 http://www.usatodayeducate.com

The job market can be challenging. You don't need me to tell you that. More than half of recent college graduates are jobless or underemployed. While most have graduated and gotten the rude awakening that a bachelor's degree doesn't guarantee them a job, there's one industry that's not just remaining stable in the job market, it's begging for talent to fill jobs.

Public universities want returns in exchange for tuition freezes | Inside Higher Ed
October 24, 2012 http://www.insidehighered.com

College degrees bring lifetime financial rewards, census says
October 23, 2012 http://latimesblogs.latimes.com

It pays to get a college degree and it especially pays to earn a bachelor's in engineering or computer science. Those are some of the findings of two new reports from the U.S. Census Bureau that examined income disparities linked to educational attainment and field of work.

What's Working in College Access?
October 23, 2012 http://www.rapidgrowthmedia.com

Opportunity created today leads to prosperity tomorrow. And that opportunity begins with education. For twenty minutes, in front of millions of viewers, Castro cast a spotlight on the importance of education to the nation's future, and to the health of our cities. He talked about improving access to pre-K.

Report Finds States Tightening College Readiness Metrics | Education News
October 09, 2012 http://www.educationnews.org

by Laurie H. Rogers How do you divide one number by a different number? I was taught to do it using... Read More Neal McCluskey, the associate director of the Cato Institute's Center for Educational... Read More "Physician, heal thyself," never seemed more apt as when, during the course of the Society for...

Mainframe vs. Personal Computer? Or Higher Education in the 21st Century
October 09, 2012 http://www.huffingtonpost.com

The Salzburg Global Seminar is in full swing here in Salzburg, Austria through Saturday, October 6, 2012. The topic this time is "Optimizing Talent: Closing Educational and Social Mobility Gaps Worldwide" and the agenda is filled with speakers giving their perspectives on how to achieve equity in higher education across the globe.

New Study Finds Millennials Well Prepared for the 'Real World' - Higher Education
October 09, 2012 http://diverseeducation.com

by Lydia Lum A new national study of young people suggests that the generation often regarded-and perhaps unfairly stereotyped-as being overly coddled and too often acting entitled is actually more practical than it is idealistic in attitudes about money and career preparation.

Public Colleges Pledge to Raise Number of Graduates, and Seek Help in Doing So - Administration - The Chronicle of Higher Education
October 09, 2012 http://chronicle.com

Nearly 500 of the nation's public four-year colleges have committed to increasing the number of baccalaureate-degree holders by 3.8 million by 2025. But the colleges need help from the federal and state governments to reach that goal, say higher-education leaders.

Hechinger Report | Public universities pledge to increase grads
October 09, 2012 http://hechingerreport.org

More than three years after President Barack Obama called on them to increase the number of Americans with degrees, public colleges and universities today announced a plan to turn out more graduates-though not as many as the nation needs to return to its status as the world's most educated nation, not by the president's deadline, and with the caveat that states and the federal government maintain or increase financial support.

Private-College Tuition Rises 3.9% as Student Aid Increases 6.2% - The Ticker - The Chronicle of Higher Education
October 05, 2012 http://chronicle.com

Published tuition and fees at private, nonprofit colleges rose 3.9 percent for the 2012-13 academic year, the lowest increase in four decades, according to the results of a tuition survey released on Thursday by the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.

Cities Using Innovative Strategies to Recruit New College Grads - Perspectives - Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick
October 05, 2012 http://www.insideindianabusiness.com

As a result, creativity and pro-active initiatives will help these locations attract top talent to support the growth of businesses. Please find below a summary of 10 locations that are taking innovative steps to recruit new college grads to their areas. 1.

Job Outlook - Importance Of College Education To Employment Opportunities Emphasized | Star Global Tribune
October 02, 2012 http://starglobaltribune.com

A new study released by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce finds that almost half of the jobs lost in the recession that began in December, 2007 have been recovered and virtually all of those jobs required some form of postsecondary education.

Issue brief: Education - CBS News
October 02, 2012 http://www.cbsnews.com

The Electoral Issue: America spends more per student than many countries whose education system produces better results, putting us at a competitive disadvantage in an economy that increasingly demands an educated workforce. The Challenge: To provide a higher-quality primary and secondary education for more students, and to send more students to college, creating an American workforce educated to fill the needs of the 21st century economy.

Hechinger Report | We need more access to A.P. classes to boost college degrees
October 02, 2012 http://hechingerreport.org

In the 2010-2011 school year, approximately 903,630 U.S. public school graduates took at least one Advanced Placement exam and 540,619 achieved a passing score of 3 or higher, according the College Board. That is a huge achievement: a rise of 34% from five years ago in the number of students passing, and a 40% increase in the same period for the number of students taking the exam.

Education Department talks up innovation in high-profile summit | Inside Higher Ed
October 02, 2012 http://www.insidehighered.com

Come See What the New York Times' Joe Nocera is Raving About | NewAmerica.net
October 02, 2012 http://higheredwatch.newamerica.net

The Washington Monthly's College Guide issue, which was guest edited by our very own Kevin Carey, received a very nice write up in the New York Times this weekend. Columnist Joe Nocera praised the Washington Monthly 's annual college rankings as an alternative to those compiled by a certain other magazine: U.S.

Graduate Tampa Bay: The College Advantage
October 02, 2012 http://www.83degreesmedia.com

With the latest research driving home the value of a college degree more than ever, national and local groups continue to make headway in increasing educational attainment.? "Talent is one of the most important commodities we have,'' says Jamie Merisotis, president and CEO of the Lumina Foundation, as he kicked off a panel discussion titled "The College Advantage.'' The discussion took place in August in Ybor City during the Republican National Convention.

CLASP | News Room | News Releases | CLASP Explores New Approaches in Federal Policy to Help Low-Income Students Complete College
September 27, 2012 http://www.clasp.org

Washington, DC - Two unfortunate phenomena have been converging to make college even more elusive for low-income students: the affordability of postsecondary education is waning at the same time that low-income students in this slowly recovering economy must juggle school, family and work to earn credentials of value in an increasingly competitive job market.

Skills Development in Post-Recession Years | CEOs for Cities
September 27, 2012 http://www.ceosforcities.org

Posted by admin on September 26, 2012 Photo by Jorge Lascar While closing the gap is important for getting more citizens across America employed, is it a worthwhile investment when our economy has been hit hard and jobs more scarce? It turns out that economic strains are making the need for skilled workers even greater.

NY Times Advertisement
September 27, 2012 http://www.nytimes.com

Julian Treasure: Why architects need to use their ears | Video on TED.com
September 27, 2012 http://www.ted.com

TED Talks Because of poor acoustics, students in classrooms miss 50 percent of what their teachers say and patients in hospitals have trouble sleeping because they continually feel stressed. Julian Treasure sounds a call to action for designers to pay attention to the "invisible architecture" of sound.

The Power of a College Degree: 2 Awesome Clip-and-Save Graphs
September 27, 2012 http://www.theatlantic.com

One of the most striking college graphs I've ever seen came from Michael Greenstone and Adam Looney at the Hamilton Project. They compared the rate of return from an associate and bachelor's degree against other investment categories, like the stock market, corporate bonds, gold, and a house.

Baby boomer college program reaches completion goal early
September 27, 2012 http://www.communitycollegetimes.com

​A national program to help students age 50 and older returning to college train for new jobs has reached its goals two years ahead of schedule and is revving up to help more people. Nearly 9,300 student baby boomers were assisted in the last two years by the 18 colleges participating in the Plus 50 Completion Strategy, organized by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).

What's working in college access?
September 25, 2012 http://www.talentdividendnetwork.com

Opportunity created today leads to prosperity tomorrow. And that opportunity begins with education. For twenty minutes, in front of millions of viewers, Castro cast a spotlight on the importance of education to the nation's future, and to the health of our cities. He talked about improving access to pre-K.

What's the Real College Graduation Rate? by Daniel Luzer | Washington Monthly
September 25, 2012 http://www.washingtonmonthly.com

What's the Real College Graduation Rate? by Daniel Luzer When people look to measure the success of colleges they often look to the school's graduation rate. If an institution graduates 87 percent of students, we might say it's doing a pretty good job. If the graduation rate is 10 percent, however, that indicates something's going very wrong.

STEM degrees - which bring the highest salaries - were only 10.7 of 2009 college diplomas. | Face the Facts USA
September 25, 2012 http://www.facethefactsusa.org

Click to view full infographic They're a small percentage of all awarded To what extent does a college degree mean richer paydays? The degrees associated with the highest paychecks - science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or "STEM" degrees - accounted for only 10.7 percent of diplomas awarded in 2009.

US must find way to educate more Americans
September 25, 2012 http://blog.syracuse.com

To the Editor: In response to last Sunday's editorial, ''Consider this: College still a good investment'': We heartily agree with the editorial board's perspective on the value of education beyond high school. College-educated workers weathered the last recession better than others and they continue to benefit from unemployment rates that have stayed low relative to those with only a high school diploma or less.

Best-paying jobs for bachelor's degree holders
September 25, 2012 http://www.cbsnews.com

September 24, 2012 8:56 AM (MoneyWatch) The authors of a new book, " College Majors: Handbook with Real Career Paths and Payoffs," have compiled a list of the top-paying jobs that require only bachelor's degree. Clearly, it's important to earn a college degree, because the earnings gap between high school and college grads is significant.

By the SAT Standard, Less Than Half of College-Bound Seniors Are Ready - Students - The Chronicle of Higher Education
September 25, 2012 http://chronicle.com

Only 43 percent of 2012's high-school graduates are prepared for success in college, according to a report released on Monday by the College Board, which owns the SAT. The SAT Report on College & Career Readiness says that a majority of test takers did not achieve the college-entrance examination's benchmark score of 1550, which the College Board suggests is indicative of college success and graduation.

Essay calls for inclusion of non-academic skills in college readiness efforts | Inside Higher Ed
September 18, 2012 http://www.insidehighered.com

Live Longer With a College Degree [INFOGRAPHIC]
September 18, 2012 http://inthecapital.com

When it comes to life expectancy, we are normally taught that it has to do with how we eat, how healthy we are, our habits like that of smoking, but according to a new report released by the Center for Disease Control, a diploma plays a role in determining our lifespan as well.

College, Still Worth It
September 18, 2012 http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com

Dollars to doughnuts. Adam Looney and Michael Greenstone at the Hamilton Project have put together a beautiful chart illustrating once again why college is worth it, despite the current fad of claiming otherwise.

Report Shows Females Lead in College Plans, Enrollment and Degrees
September 11, 2012 http://blogs.edweek.org

A new report by the federal government shows high school girls outpacing boys when it comes to planning for college, enrolling, and completing a degree. Yet boys are doing better on Advanced Placement exams and college-entrance tests.

Higher education plays a role in Democratic platform | Inside Higher Ed
September 11, 2012 http://www.insidehighered.com

Community Colleges: An 'Unsung' Source of America's STEM Talent
September 11, 2012 http://www.huffingtonpost.com

The value of community colleges in American education has been overlooked for far too long. Considered by some the "stepchild" of the American education system, the role of community colleges, particularly as a legitimate pathway to STEM jobs and four-year and post-graduate STEM degrees, has been underappreciated by many, including those in higher education.

Focusing on students' financial need to hasten completion
September 11, 2012 http://www.communitycollegetimes.com

​With backing from the nation's leading foundations, seven community and technical colleges have announced that they will pilot an initiative testing innovative approaches to increase the number of students who earn postsecondary credentials.

Focusing on students' financial need to hasten completion
September 11, 2012 http://www.communitycollegetimes.com

​With backing from the nation's leading foundations, seven community and technical colleges have announced that they will pilot an initiative testing innovative approaches to increase the number of students who earn postsecondary credentials.

What is the Future of College Education?
August 31, 2012 http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com

It was a just about a year ago that a handful of Stanford professors began hatching a revolution in college education. Sebastian Thrun, more widely known as the head of the team behind Google's driverless car, decided that he and colleague Peter Norvig would start making their popular course in artificial intelligence available online.

Where Unemployment Is Highest, Education Is A Big Part Of Why - Forbes
August 31, 2012 http://www.forbes.com

Job seekers line up at a Los Angeles career fair. (Image credit: AFP via @daylife) A study out today from the nonprofit Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. looks at the extent to which weakness in education accounts for high jobless rates in metropolitan areas across the country. It turns out that [...]

Better Education=Healthier Lives | Public Health
August 30, 2012 http://blog.rwjf.org

The NewPublicHealth National Prevention Strategy series is underway, including interviews with Cabinet Secretaries and their National Prevention Council designees, exploring the impact of education, transportation and more on health. "Better Education = Healthier Lives" tells a visual story on the role of education in the health of our communities.

The College Advantage Panel & Discussion | Lumina Foundation
August 30, 2012 http://www.luminafoundation.org

Lumina is committed to enrolling and graduating more students from college. In fact, we are the nation's largest foundation dedicated exclusively to increasing students' access to and success in postsecondary education. Our mission is defined by Goal 2025-to increase the percentage of Americans who hold high-quality college degrees, certificates or other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.

Are college educations worth it? Yes!
August 30, 2012 http://thegardenisland.com

Recent national media coverage suggests the high price of college leaves students with massive debt and unprepared for jobs. So is a college education worth it? For Kaua'i residents, the simple answer is "yes." Jamie P.

A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats
August 30, 2012 http://www.huffingtonpost.com

I wrote a post back in May about the value of a post-secondary degree because I was becoming increasingly frustrated with a growing narrative arguing that college is a waste of time and resources.

August 30, 2012 http://www.brookings.edu

This paper aims to provide metro, state, and national policy makers with a better sense of the specific problems facing metropolitan labor markets. First, the analysis examines trends in the demand for educated labor and how a gap between education supply and demand is related to unemployment.

Study: College Degree Holds Its Value : NPR
August 24, 2012 http://www.npr.org

A new study shows college graduates have fared much better in the economic recovery than those without a degree. The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce reports that nearly all of the jobs recovered since the economic downturn have required a post-secondary degree.

The Six Classes That Will Make Any College Grad Employable - Forbes
August 24, 2012 http://www.forbes.com

With just a few of the right classes under their hats, even art majors can have a good shot at landing a job. (Image credit: AFP/Getty Images via @daylife) Imagine your son or daughter received a significant college scholarship, but with some strings attached. A condition of the financial aid would [...]

Interactive Infographic: Where Are the Jobs? - Business - GOOD
August 24, 2012 http://www.good.is

This infographic is a collaboration between GOOD and Other Means , with support from MTV As the election season kicks off, GOOD and MTV want to cut past all the blustering, pontificating, and finger pointing to get to the heart of some of the most important issues that America is facing today.

6 Charts On Why College Is Worth Its Cost
August 23, 2012 http://www.ibtimes.com

Even at a time when paying for college has become a lifetime endeavor for the average Americans, having a college degree is still a worthwhile investment. Nearly four out of every five jobs destroyed by the recession were held by workers with a high school diploma or less.

The Thriving States of America
August 17, 2012 http://www.theatlanticcities.com

Hawaii is the most "thriving" state, while residents of Louisiana and Georgia have the greatest optimism for the future, according to a Gallup poll released earlier this week. The survey, part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, asks: Please imagine a ladder with steps numbered from 0 at the bottom to 10 at the top.

A Service Science Perspective on Higher Education
August 14, 2012 http://www.americanprogress.org

A Service Science Perspective on Higher Education Linking Service Productivity Theory and Higher Education Reform SOURCE: iStockphoto Download this issue brief (pdf) Read the full brief in your web browser (Scribd) Introduction Policymakers are currently wrestling with fundamental but complex questions about the future of higher education, including how to hold colleges responsible for the billions of dollars in federal financial aid money they receive and how to encourage lower tuition to increase affordability for low- and middle-income families.

August 14, 2012 http://www.americanprogress.org

DATELINE WASHINGTON: New Data Shows Small Rise In College Completion for Young Adults - Community College Week - The independent voice servicing community, junior and technical colleges.
August 14, 2012 http://www.ccweek.com

DATELINE WASHINGTON: New Data Shows Small Rise In College Completion for Young Adults By CHRISTINE ARMARIO, AP Education Writer The percentage of young adults earning a college degree has increased slightly but still remains far below the level needed to reach the president's goal of having the U.S.

Ohio task force searches for ways to increase degree completion, keep college grads in state
August 14, 2012 http://www.therepublic.com

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A panel tasked with suggesting how Ohio could increase its college graduates and encourage more of them to stay in the state is having its first on-the-road meeting Monday at Bowling Green State University.

Economic downturn spotlights college advantage - The Hill's Congress Blog
August 14, 2012 http://thehill.com

The Great Recession that began in December 2007 hit America hard and exposed many of the shortcomings of our nation's workforce. Now, a new study from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, co-funded by Lumina Foundation, shows undereducated workers are increasingly being left behind and that policymakers, employers and institutions must do more to produce the skilled talent our nation needs to compete more effectively in the global economy.

A Virtual School in Brick City - Next American City
August 06, 2012 http://americancity.org

Imagine a 5-year-old on the first day of kindergarten: Dressed in new fall clothes, with a spic-and-span lunch box and Toy Story backpack, ready to head to school - which, if one of the 3,400 students enrolled in Pennsylvania Virtual Charter School, is likely the kitchen table.

GOOD.is | Infographic: Wasted Talent (Scaling)
August 06, 2012 http://awesome.good.is

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Can School Performance Be Measured Fairly? - Room for Debate
August 06, 2012 http://www.nytimes.com

Ruby Washington More than half the states have now been excused from important conditions of the No Child Left Behind education law. They've been allowed to create new measures of how much students have improved and how well they are prepared for college or careers, and to assess teacher performance on that basis.

Data on 'reverse transfers' can inform completion policies
August 06, 2012 http://www.communitycollegetimes.com

The pathway through higher education is often less like a straight highway than a winding path with stops along the route.A recent report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center (NSCRC) on "reverse transfer" provides data on college students who start at a four-year institution and transfer to a community college.

New Research Shows Increase in Reverse Transfers
August 03, 2012 http://www.usnewsuniversitydirectory.com

By Catherine Groux Posted July 25, 2012 10:57 AM Although in the past the traditional route to higher education involved graduating from college and immediately enrolling at a four-year university, new research shows that today, many students are finding alternate paths to a degree.

Lake Effect: Seeing Talent's Many Dividends
August 03, 2012 http://www.wuwm.com

Lake Effect | Jul 9, 2012 When the Greater Milwaukee Committee unveiled an initiative in 2010 called the Milwaukee Talent Dividend, it was based on a fairly simple premise - that increasing the number of college graduates in the area would pump more than a billion dollars into the local economy.

College Degrees, Designed by the Numbers - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education
August 03, 2012 http://chronicle.com

Illustration by Randy Lyhus for The Chronicle Campuses are places of intuition and serendipity: A professor senses confusion on a student's face and repeats his point; a student majors in psychology after a roommate takes a course; two freshmen meet on the quad and eventually become husband and wife.

Is college for everyone?
July 31, 2012 http://video.msnbc.msn.com

Video on msnbc.com: Andrea Mitchell sat down at the Aspen Ideas Festival with the Lumina Foundation's Jamie Merisotis and Miami Dade College President Eduardo Padron to explore whether a college degree is the right choice for all students.

Dual enrollment benefits at-risk students
July 31, 2012 http://www.communitycollegetimes.com

ccTimes > Dual enrollment benefits at-risk students Dual enrollment benefits at-risk students By Times Staff, Published July 24, 2012 Career-focused dual-enrollment programs can provide critical benefits to underachieving students and those underrepresented in higher education, according to a new study.

Is a College Education a Prerequisite for Personal Economic Success?
July 20, 2012 http://townhall.com

After the 112th Congress effectively struck a deal last year preventing interest rates on subsidized Stafford loans from almost doubling to 6.8 percent from 3.4 percent for another year, many students from across the country were exultant.

Remedial Education: Focus on Improvement, Not Elimination
July 20, 2012 http://www.huffingtonpost.com

Last week Ohio joined 21 other states and higher education systems eliminating funding for remedial education. While issues over alignment, delivery, expense, and the effectiveness of remedial education make it one of the most complex issues in higher education today, we argue that the elimination of funding runs counter to the nation's college completion goals.

Encouraging Adult College Completion
July 20, 2012 http://www.huffingtonpost.com

I recently found myself in the emergency waiting room (back spasms) and overheard a conversation between what I can only assume was a RN administrator and a new nursing student. The conversation focused on the administrator relieving the student's anxiety about returning to school.

Metro Areas Take on College Affordability
July 20, 2012 http://www.huffingtonpost.com

It's kudos to Congress for extending reduced interest rates on student loans. But the real story on college affordability has yet to break -- and when it does, it won't be from Capitol Hill. Watch metro areas across the map if you want to see it.

Representatives Miller and Hinojosa Tackle Higher Ed's Credit Crisis | NewAmerica.net
July 20, 2012 http://higheredwatch.newamerica.net

Higher ed made a mainstream splash this week with the announcement that 12 more prestigious universities would provide hundreds of free Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Unfortunately, none of these schools plan to offer the courses for credit. And since degrees are made up of credits, learning without them doesn't amount to much.

Guest commentary: Why graduation rates matter
June 13, 2012 http://www.stltoday.com

In his recent story, "Why college graduates matter" (May 31) Tim Logan accurately reported that the economic vitality of a metropolitan area in today's knowledge economy is directly tied to the educational attainment of the region's workforce. According to CEOs for Cities data, every one percentage point increase in adult four-year college degree attainment adds an additional $763 to per-capita income per year.

Metrics FAQ with Joe Cortright
June 13, 2012 http://www.talentdividendnetwork.com

Related Images JC: 2009-2010 is the base year and 2012-2013 is the final year. It is clear that the measure for the prize is the number of degrees GRANTED. Does it matter where individuals end up living? JC: No. While we believe talent retention is critical, it is not a measure for this prize.

Data shows the 'Talent Dividend' from education is a sure thing | Blog | The Kresge Foundation
June 06, 2012 http://www.kresge.org

Data shows the 'Talent Dividend' from education is a sure thing Our friends of CEOs for Cities have fired up a video camera to spread the word about the Talent Dividend. What's the Talent Dividend? Per capita income and college attainment rates are closely correlated.

Help Community Colleges Help Adult Students - Commentary - The Chronicle of Higher Education
June 06, 2012 http://chronicle.com

The economy is showing signs of life, but unemployment remains high, with millions of Americans out of work or underemployed. Many people have turned to community-college vocational programs to strengthen their skills and better prepare themselves to return to the work force.

June 06, 2012 http://www.brookings.edu

"So if you haven't found a job yet: You're better off coming to the city than sitting on your parents' couch."Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Remarks at the Cornell University 2012 Convocation, May 27, 2012 As another college graduation season draws to a close, today's New York Times reports the results of a small analysis we conducted on college degree attainment rates in metropolitan areas.

Why We Shouldn't Be Cutting Higher Ed
June 06, 2012 http://www.governing.com

In this month's issue of Governing, Peter Harkness explores what is happening in higher education as state colleges and universities raise tuition while funding from state government becomes a smaller and smaller part of their operating budgets.

As College Graduates Cluster, Some Cities Are Left Behind
June 06, 2012 http://www.nytimes.com

Just 24 percent of the adult residents of metropolitan Dayton have four-year degrees, well below the average of 32 percent for American metro areas, and about half the rate of Washington, the country's most educated metro area, according to a Brookings Institution analysis.

Talent Dividend Aims to Make Northeast Ohio Economically Competitive by Increasing College Attainment - ThePlus: Northeast Ohio
March 29, 2012 http://www.theplus.us

Talent Dividend Aims to Make Northeast Ohio Economically Competitive by Increasing College Attainment Educated cities and regions equate to successful, robust economies. That is what a recent study from Chicago-based CEOs for Cities purports. Their findings indicate "that 58 percent of a city's success, as measured by per capita income, can be attributed to the percentage of the adult population with a college degree" (ceosforcities.org).

the talent dividend: how more college grads can add to cleveland's bottom line
March 29, 2012 http://www.freshwatercleveland.com

Efforts by CEO's for Cities and NOCHE, dubbed the Talent Dividend, are designed to up college attainment and thereby boost everybody's bottom line.

NOCHE - Talent Dividend: Increasing Northeast Ohio's College Attainment
March 29, 2012 http://www.noche.org

Increasing Northeast Ohio's College Attainment Click here to sign up for the Talent Dividend Monthly Newsletter. The 2011 Northeast Ohio Talent Dividend Summit Click here to download a copy of the Northeast Ohio Talent Dividend Annual Report, published in December 2011. Highlights and photos from the event will be posted soon!